It’s hard to believe that July is over, and August has arrived. Summer seems to be passing at an alarming rate! However, there is still plenty of time to soak up as much as the season as possible. If you are planning a camping trip this month (or any month!), we want to talk about some safety tips to keep in mind before heading out!
Here is our camping safety checklist:
- Pick the right campsite. Depending on who you will be camping with, or your desired needs and wants, it is important to research where you will be camping to ensure it has the proper facilities and amenities. If you are camping in the wilderness, be sure to choose a location that is free from hazards such as cliffs, flood-prone areas, dead trees, and be wary of local wildlife in the area.
- Tell others. Prior to leaving on any vacation, whether it be camping or not, you want to let others know of your whereabouts. Inform family or friends of the date you will be leaving and returning, your location, and possible itinerary so that they are aware of where you might be throughout your holiday. While it’s great to escape and unplug, it’s also a good idea to check in regularly with a contact person so that they know you are safe and sound.
- Check and track the weather. The weather, especially in Alberta, can be unpredictable! Before you leave, check out the weather forecast so that you can pack accordingly. You want to ensure you have all your necessities so that you can be comfortable in various conditions. While camping, monitor the weather, so that you can prepare in advance if there is an oncoming storm or other weather that might impact your campsite.
- Have a first aid kit. Accidents can happen at any time! Therefore, be sure to pack a well-stocked first aid kit. This should contain things like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, necessary medications, insect repellant and cream for insect bites.
- Campfire do’s and don’ts. One of the best parts of camping is enjoying the campfire in the evenings! If your campsite allows fires, be sure to always have them in designated firepits. Ensure the fire is under control, never leave it unattended and completely put it out before leaving or going to bed. Be aware of fire bans or restrictions and follow them accordingly.
- Be aware of wildlife. It is important to research the local wildlife around the area you will be camping in and educate yourself on the appropriate actions you need to take to stay safe. We have a blog post that covers bear safety, and you can read it here.
- Watch for insects. The mosquitos have been out in full force, so be cautious of itchy bites! Use insect repellent, and wear clothing that can protect yourself from unwanted visitors such as ticks, mosquitoes, and other pesky bugs.
- Tent tips. When setting up your tent, be sure to secure it on level ground, free of hazards. It is also important to make sure it is secure so that it can stand up to wind and rain.
- Know where you are. Navigation is important when camping. Pack a map or, if you have access, use a GPS system on your phone. By staying on marked trails, and being aware of your surroundings, you will avoid getting lost.
- Have fun! While safety should always be your top priority, remember to enjoy your camping trip and soak up the sights and sounds that being close to nature has to offer.
By taking some time to ensure you are properly equipped and prepared for your camping trip, you can spend more time focusing on making memories, and enjoying your time away.