Outdoor Safety: Camping Tips
Whether you're roughing it in a tent or planning a family outing to a national forest,
there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe. Consider the following safety tips:
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- Pack a first aid kit that includes antiseptics for cuts and scrapes, tweezers, insect repellent, bug spray, a snake bite kit, pain relievers, and sunscreen.
- Bring emergency supplies. In addition to a first aid kit, this includes: a map, compass, flashlight, knife, waterproof fire starter, personal shelter,
whistle, warm clothing, high energy food, water, and insect protection.
- Learn the ABC's of treating emergencies.
Recognizing serious injuries will enable you to attend to a victim until medical help arrives.
- Before you leave, find out the weather report.
- Arrive early.
- Check for potential hazards.
- Avoid areas of natural hazards.
- Inspect the site.
- Build fires in a safe area.
- Make sure your fires are always attended.
- Pitch your tent in a safe spot.
- Dispose of trash properly.
- Be cautious when using a propane stove.
- Watch out for bugs, especially hornets, bees, wasps, and yellow jackets.
- Beware when encountering wildlife.
- Beware of poisonous plants.
- Practice good hygiene.
Safety Tips for Non-hunters visiting the National Forests
- Wear bright clothing. Make yourself more visible. Choose colors that stand out, like red, orange or green, and avoid white, blacks, browns,
earth-toned greens and animal-colored clothing. Orange vests and hats are advisable.
- Don?t forget to protect fido. Get an orange vest for your dog if he/she accompanies you.
- Make noise. Whistle, sing or carry on a conversation as you walk to alert hunters to your presence. Sound carries well across mountain basins,
and hunters should be listening for any sounds of animal movement.
- Be courteous. Once a hunter is aware of your presence, don?t make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife. Avoid confrontations.
- Make yourself known. If you do hear shooting, raise your voice and let hunters know that you are in the vicinity.
- Know when hunting seasons are. Continue to hike, but learn about where and when hunting is taking place.
- Know your own comfort level. If hunting makes you uneasy, choose a hike in a location where hunting is not allowed, such as a national park or a state park,
or schedule your outings for Sundays.
Courtesy of The Forest Service