Little-Known Camping Facts



Camping is a favorite pastime for Americans, especially throughout the summer. However, many people think you can just throw the cooler and a tent in the car and go. The problem with that idea is that it leads to some dangerous situations once people get camping. Here are just a few tips to follow before and during your trips to ensure a safe and fun vacation!


A great camping trip, while it does have some spontaneous moments, also takes some planning. You should know the dangerous plants and animals in the area you’ll be in, as well as when the nearest place for help is. Have a plan for some of the most common camping accidents, such as cuts, bites, burns, or poison ivy, so that if it happens, you’re well-prepared.


It seems as though every time someone talks about camping, everyone’s first concerns have to do with bears. Many bears however, won’t hurt anyone unless provoked or startled, and there are a few simple facts that will help you avoid bear contact. First of all, bears have an amazing sense of smell– seven times more powerful than dogs!– and even with a bear-proof container, they can smell foods you’re keeping in the cooler while you’re camping or fishing. They can also smell things such as toiletry items from as far as a mile away. A great tips to make sure you don’t attract bears: when cooking, stay about 100 feet away from your camp, and make sure you’re downwind.

Safety First

This is something that cannot be said enough: safety is the number one priority. While it may seem fun to jump of a cliff, or hike that remote trail because you’re pretty sure you can make it back before nightfall, you shouldn’t take unnecessary risks. Always keep a first aid kit and a way to signal help with you, and never wander in the wilderness after dark unless you’re experienced.

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