Outdoor Camping Safety
Outdoor Camping Safety
Our employees at Western love camping with their families, and this year camping has been one of the biggest go-to vacations for so many families! Camping is a fantastic experience that makes memories for your family for many generations to come. To keep your memories positive, here are some essential outdoor camping safety tips so you and your family can truly enjoy the experience.
Don’t forget the insulin…
… or EpiPen or any other vital medication. Packing for a camping trip can be so exciting (especially for kids) that you might rush out without the essential items. Make sure critical meds and your first aid kit make it onto your packing list and into your car.
Check the weather
Even if it’s bright, sunny, and mildly warm, this can change in a heartbeat. Continuously monitor the daily and extended forecast. Look out for major storms, temperature drops at night, and extreme heat warnings.
Summer is winding down, and the sun isn’t as intense, so it’s okay to feel the heat, right? Not so fast. Your skin still needs protection to avoid painful burns and other, more severe long term issues.
So this one is probably already high on your list. Bug bites can turn your fun camping trip into a miserable experience. Research safe, effective repellents that work, especially if you have children.
Know the area
Adventures in the bush are great, but getting lost as night falls and darkness surrounds you isn’t an adventure you want to have. Knowledge of wild animals in the area is also critical. Learn how to handle an encounter without putting yourself at risk and avoid locations known for dangerous animals.
Have an emergency plan
Don’t venture into the woods without knowing what to do in case of an emergency. Plan your route to the nearest hospital and ensure that someone outside knows when to expect you back. By all means, disconnect from electronics, but keep a phone on hand in case you need it.
Store food in containers that minimize the risk of spoilage and consume everything within a reasonable time frame. Plan meals ahead, especially if you have health issues or allergies. If you choose to eat fruits from the forest, make sure you know exactly what you are eating. Don’t be adventurous with this one.
It might be inconvenient to have to go to the bathroom on a camping trip, but that doesn’t mean you should slow your fluid intake. Staying hydrated will limit the risk of heatstroke and other unpleasant side effects like dizziness, headaches, and fainting.
At Western Heating and Air, our main concern is for you and your family’s comfort and safety. As long as you follow these outdoor camping safety rules, you and your family can enjoy the experience for as many years as you return to nature. If you have other safety and comfort needs in your home, we are always happy to help! Give us a call at (801) 341-9970, or visit WesternHeatingAir.com to learn more.