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A Few Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Camping Experience

Aug 17, 2007
When you go camping, you want to have a fun time. You don't want to have a never ending list of problems to deal with. Well, at least I doubt you do.

Following are helpful tips to ensure a great time in the great outdoors. If you follow these tips, you're much more likely to have a great trip.

Start by making a checklist so that you won't forget anything. Nothing can mess up a camping trip like forgetting an important item.

Remember hygiene items like toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, toilet tissue, etc. Baby wipes are another really convenient item to have on-hand. Don't take more than you need, though, as they are heavy.

Pack warm clothing even if it's the middle of summer. Nights can tend to get a little chilly out in the woods, especially if you're camping close to a lake or other body of water.

Check your tent before you leave on your excursion, even it's brand new. Make sure there are no tears, broken zippers, etc., and if so, repair them. You don't want your vacation ruined by waking up sopping wet if it were to rain and/or being bombarded by pesky mosquitoes and other insect annoyances either.

Check sleeping bags, air mattresses, pillows and blankets for mold and tears. You should air these items out during your camping trip as well.

Bring bug spray and/or citronella candles/torches, depending on your preference. Bugs can be a real pain on camping trips.

Bring a flashlight and check the batteries before you leave! When you're out in the woods, there are NO lights...it gets dark!

Be sure to pack a First Aid Kit! If you already have one, check the expirations dates on all the items and replace if necessary. Also learn how to do basic first aid procedures.

Make sure to pack all food properly, perishables in particular.

Don't forget utensils, charcoal and/or kerosene if you'll be cooking at your campsite.

If kids are going along, have a talk about rules and safety guidelines both before and after you arrive at your destination.

Once you do arrive at your campsite, keep it clean! Any trash lying around, especially food items, will most likely attract uninvited, unwelcome and possibly unfriendly visitors, like raccoons, bears, etc.

BE SURE to extinguish all unattended fires while on and before ending your camping trip. Be very careful with fire and don't take any risks - it's not worth it.

Being properly prepared is the best way to ensure that everyone can relax and enjoy the camping trip. So make your list, check it twice and have a great time in the great outdoors!
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