Camping Safety for The Entire Family

By Charles Hopkins Published 12/14/2006 | Security and Safety

Camping in a wild terrain is adventurous and full of thrills. Far from the buzzing city-life, camping provides refreshment, churns your mood and revives your energy in the greens. You drive through the charge of elation and ecstasy in natures own hub and feel the essence of your existence. Camping, in other words, is a break from the everyday living, and the thrill is enhanced if its a family camping trip - a sort of union in the wilderness of the cosmic natural beauty.

Its great that you want to arrange for a family camping trip. But have you planned for your familys safety? This is very important because you dont want to take unnecessary risks where children and older family members are concerned.

Chalk Out The Problem Zones

Camping skills have to be developed if you and your family really want to enjoy a planned camping trip. Risks and meeting with dangers are possible but if you are prepared for them, things wont be so severe and tough to manage on the spot.

  • One of the biggest threats in camping is getting lost or forgetting the track and missing your fellow campers.
  • Health problems, due to change of environment and weather, are a problem - especially in children.
  • If you are moving to the mountainous terrain, the changes in temperature during the fall season and springtime are abrupt. Staying fit becomes tough but you will have to be prepared by taking precautions.
  • The most unexpected thing which you will have to stay prepared for is any sort of accident.

Once you have detected the trouble areas you might have to face while camping, chalk out the safety means to be taken to combat them.

A Guideline for A Safety Kit

Prepare a safety kit and checkout the essentials, which cannot be ignored, while you are out with your family on a camping trip.

  • The first risk factor you have already traced out is missing the route. Therefore, what should be carried to avoid such consequences? Yes you are right! A topographical map of the area with minute details, a compass that has clarity of direction, where no other device can help you out, and of course proper lighting. Carry flashlights with battery backups, and also extra bulbs, to avoid fuse problems.
  • Health hazards are the second concern. Food, medicines and clothes are the key essentials. Carry dry food in large amounts, so that they can last for a long time if provisions for cooking fail.
  • A First-aid kit with bandaging tools and basic medicines must be carried. The kit should contain butterfly bandages, large wound bandages, antiseptic and antibiotic ointments, fever pills, aspirins, antihistamines, any form of antacid, thermometer and so on.
  • Carry woolen clothes and leather jackets if the camping trip takes place during the Autumn or Winter. During the Spring and Summer, light cotton garments are preferable. Give special emphasis to your footwear. If there is climbing planned special shoes must be worn to avoid risk. Even when staying on the base, protect your legs from different insects and organisms found in soil and sand.
  • Dont forget to carry some extra packets of insect repellants. Some insect bites can cause serious problems. Also carry a fire-safety kit.
  • Stay connected with the outside world with your cell-phone. Inform family or friends of your whereabouts in case of an emergency.

You must shoulder the responsibility of your familys safety, and see to that no one returns sick or injured.