Safety

Camping Safety Tips and Resources

 
So you’ve decided to take a break from the “rat race” for a quiet, unplugged camping trip.  Good for you, you won’t regret it.  Of course leaving the comfort of civilization means that you are relying on yourself (and those who are traveling with you) for anything that may arise out of the ordinary. 

But never fear, you have found the blog at CampfireLogic.com and we are your source for all things outdoors.  We would be remiss if we didn’t give a few BASIC safety tips.  Some of you may find these, as the teens would say these days, “DUH” tips – but you might be surprised that you don’t haven’t thought of some of them… So keep reading!

Plan Ahead

I am a true believer that spontaneity is the spice of life, but when it comes to having Mother Nature as your hostess for a few days, it’s not such a bad idea to find out what she may have in store for you.  Check weather reports for the area you are headed to.  For this, my husband (who’s call sign has become “Weatherman”) has found http://www.nws.noaa.gov/.  This is The National Weather Service’s website.  I know the government isn’t always, shall we say…the greatest at being reliable, but in this instance they got it right.  Check it out, it’s a very cool site.   It’s also good idea to become familiar with poisonous and harmful plants, animals, and insects that are common in that area. That way you will know what to tell your kids (or your co-campers that act like kids) what to watch out for.

Emergency Kit

For those die-hard campers like us, I’m sure you already have your medical emergency kit packed away in your camping box. (You do have you kit packed and at the ready, right?)  For those of you new to the camping game…no, you don’t need to empty out your medicine cabinet, but there are some basics that should be in your medical kit.

Making sure these basic things are present where you are (out in the woods where the wild things roam) is just a good idea.

Minimum Med Kit Requirements

  1. Bug Spray / Insect repellent
  2. Antiseptic crème ( Neosporin-ish)
  3. Band-aids – various sizes
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Antihistamines
  6. Pain relievers (Ibuprophin/Tylenol)

Optional (but nice) Med Kit Requirements

I’m going to throw out a few other things that maybe you could add, just in case of a REAL emergency:

  1. Whistle
  2. Compass
  3. Swiss Army Knife (Multi-tool)
  4. Razor Blades
  5. Tweezers
  6. Magnifying glass (ever tried to get a splinter out when your 40+??)
  7. Emergency Blanket
  8. Thermometer
  9. Cold pack
  10. Mirror (helps for signaling if things really go south!)
  11. 2-Way Radios
  12. Night-Vision goggles (guys, you can use this as a reason for NEEDING this cool gadget!)

Arrive Early

OK, I know, this one really does border on “DUH!”  I understand that the goal is vacating the urban scene  as quickly as possible, but sometimes that means you leave after you’ve but in your full day at “the grind”.  When you do that, you are most likely going to arrive at the campsite after dark.  That will not allow you to survey the area and find the best spot for your tent location.  Which could mean:

  1. Your tent floor is prey to objects that might put holes in it.
  2. You might be putting it in a low lying area leaving yourself susceptible to puddling in and around your tent if it rains. 
  3. Not to mention having to set up in the dark – no fun! 

Take it from someone who knows – nothing wrong with waiting until the next morning (early) and getting off to a great start.

Fire Safety

This one is last but most definitely not least!  This is one topic that cannot be talked about enough. 

Living out west, we see the devastation of forest fires that are sometimes caused by careless campers. Those campers give us all a bad rap … so please, read through the list and make sure you can check them off your list of “Things To Do”.

  1. Bring a shovel and bucket.
  2. Make sure you are using fire ring. You can make one with rocks in your immediate area, and even digging down a few inches will help tremendously.  
  3. Keep children, chairs and tents a safe distance from the ring – even when the fire is not flaming, the coals are extremely hot.
  4. Make sure your fire ring is placed under an open area, away from the cover of the trees.
  5. Your fire should never be left unattended – EVER.
  6. When you are packing up shovel dirt on your coals and drown it in water.  You should be able to touch it with your bare hands and it be cool to the touch.

I hope I have helped some of you and for those of you who already knew all this…..you are my kind of camper, and would camp with you any day!!

Keep enjoying the outdoors, and always leave your site better than you found it!