Crisp air, sunny trails, less stress — the great outdoors are brimming with opportunities to unplug, relax and connect with your surroundings. Camping is a great way to fully appreciate nature's beauty during the fall season.
However, your sense of adventure isn't the only thing to bring. These camping tips will help you stay healthy and safe during your trip.
Be water wise
That crystal-clear stream might look refreshing. But it could also carry germs that might make you sick. Be sure to not drink water from any creeks or rivers.
As you're planning your trip, check to see if the campground has potable water stations. These are spots where you can fill bottles with water that's safe to drink. If you're not comfortable with that idea, pack store-bought water. The National Park Service suggests packing two liters per day to drink per person.
Bringing clean water along is a great start. It's also important to drink enough of that water. When you're outside getting exercise, your body loses fluids faster. And without enough fluids, your body's systems can start to shut down.
It is important to carry fresh water with you at all times, especially if you're going on a hike. Taking a sip every 20 minutes or so is a good rule of thumb to stay hydrated.
Safely store food
Eating food gives you the energy and nourishment you need while camping. Not only is it important for these foods to be healthy, it is also important for them to be stored properly. This will help you keep food from spoiling and avoid potential food poisoning.
These tips can help you with storing food while camping:
- Before you leave home, freeze anything you safely can, like bottled water. It'll stay colder longer in your cooler.
- Store everything in waterproof, airtight baggies and containers.
- Arrange raw foods at the bottom of your cooler and separate them from other ingredients with a layer of ice.
- Remember to pack healthy snacks. They're great energy boosters when you've been active all day.
- Clean up the campsite when you're done cooking. Crumbs and wrappers can tempt curious critters.
Put first aid first
Scrapes, bug bites and blisters are often part of the camping experience. A well-stocked outdoor safety kit can help you manage them, and other small injuries, with ease.
Be sure to pack first-aid supplies like:
- SPF lip balm
- Hand sanitizer
- Antibacterial wipes
- Anti-allergy medicine
- Any prescription medicines
- Bandages in different sizes
- Pain medicine, like ibuprofen
- Hydrocortisone cream for bug bites
- Insect repellent
- Compression wrap
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