How to Stay Safe Camping This Summer

June 21, 2017

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Lauren
Lead Copywriter

Summer is almost here, which means a lot of us will be sweating our butts off hitting the road to camp. We’re big campers here at KindHealth, and we want to offer a few tips on how to have a safe and fun camping experience with your family this summer!

 

Make sure your food is prepared and stored properly

If you plan on eating while camping, there are a few important rules to remember. This might seem like an obvious statement, but make sure that raw and cooked food is separated and put in waterproof containers. You don’t want to poison yourself, do you? You’re also going to want to make sure that perishable foods are cooled properly and cooked foods are cooked properly. Bring a cooking thermometer with you and reference this handy cooking guidelines from FoodSafety.gov. If you’re camping in an area with bears, it’s essential you store your food in the correct manner. If bears become accustomed to human food they can become aggressive and the last thing you want is to be mauled by a bear in front of your kids, right? Although bears are super cute and cuddly-looking, they’ll tear your face off if hungry, protecting their offspring or sick. The National Park Service recommends storing food in a bear-resistant container or hanging food from a tree, depending on which park you go to. Learn more here.

Yogi Bear is not your friend.

 

Protect yourself from jerky bugs

It’s no secret that the woods are dense with nasty lil’ bugs, particularly mosquitoes and ticks. It is believed that this summer will be the WORST TICK SEASON EVER, so it’s important to keep yourself protected. Try to avoid areas with tall grass and stay on the trails. Wear protective clothing such as pants, socks, long sleeves, boots, gas masks, hazmat suits and use insect repellant with 20% or more of DEET. In other words, cover your entire body in any way you can. When you get home from your trip, check yo self for ticks and if you find one, run screamingdouse yourself in gasoline…remove the entire body, head included, with tweezers and clean thoroughly with soap and water or rubbing alcohol. As for mosquitoes, we offer a helpful guide to preventing mosquito bites, including which repellant is the best for keeping those pesky insects away.

Stay smart in the sun

While camping and exploring nature, chances are you will be exposed to the sun. Make sure to stay smart when outside during peak UV hours from 10AM to 4PM. Use sunscreen that is broad-spectrum and has an SPF of 15 or higher. If you swim or sweat, apply sunscreen immediately afterwards and make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours regardless. You’re going to want to look like camp counselor Ug Lee from Salute Your Shorts. If you’re unable to wear sunscreen, wear long clothing and a large hat. We know looking all pasty kind of blows, but developing skin cancer is even worse. Check out our list of other helpful tips for preventing sunburns.

Happy camping!