Tips for Surviving Outdoor Adventures

It’s time to go camping. You feel prepared, you have your tent, sleeping bag, camp stove and cooking supplies packed in the car. But there are some other things you might want to remember to pack for this will make your trip safer and more enjoyable. We’ve put together a list of items that are easy to forget but might save your life or at least keep you from having a miserable time if something goes wrong.

1. Make sure everyone knows how everybody is getting home after the trip including times and telephone numbers of people who can help along the way should someone miss out ride. If it looks like one person is going much farther than others, consider splitting up the party so each vehicle has its own support network nearby.

2. Always have a plan for what to do if you get lost or separated from your party. Be sure everyone knows where to meet in case this happens.

3. Bring along the non-perishable food items that are good for camping like canned soups, fruits, vegetables and tuna fish. Energy bars are also great additions because they don’t spoil easily and will give you energy when you need it most. Be sure to bring enough water or other fluids with you too depending on how far away your camping destination is.

4. When setting up camp remember to always look around for warning signs like dead trees, muddy areas near streams or trails that may be hiding dangerous animals like snakes which can move about undetected in the grasses and behind bushes and trees.

5. If you do see a dead animal or other carcass, avoid it at all costs. Animals like the skunk and the opossum can carry diseases that can make people sick with flu like symptoms even if they just walk near or touch them. Don’t forget to take extra care when cooking food in such an area as well so you don’t accidentally burn yourself on a pot handle when you grab it off the fire.

6. Before going any great distance away from camp always let someone know where you are planning to go and how long until you will be back. You may need to set up another meeting place for if something happens and someone gets lost separately from the group during your expedition.

7. Take along any medications that you or other party members might need until camp is set up. This makes it easier to find someone should they have a serious allergic reaction, fall and injure themselves severely or become sick with something dangerous if left untreated for too long.

8. Always pack extra matches in case the ones you brought are wet through being accidentally dropped in water or otherwise ruined. You can always dry them off by holding them over an open flame but don’t do this inside your tent unless you want to start a fire!

9. Even if you know how to use map and compass it’s still a good idea to take them along on your trip just in case something happens that causes you to loose track of where your traveling companions are or how long it will take to get back. You can always mark on the map where you are and if your companions have a compass they can use it to help find your location.

 

 

 

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