Camping is a great activity, it forces you to act fast and to develop a well-built body since it is a demanding hobby that’s why it is always best to be prepared for anything that may happen in the wild while camping.
This article is for beginner campers who have basic knowledge of camping, I have taken into consideration that your campsite may be near your city or a person such as a campsite caretaker. Since you are near the city, you also have good reception and the necessary authorities are within an arm’s reach.
1. Reach for the phone as soon as possible if there are any major problems, always call your emergency person or the local officials who are near you.
2. Learn to tell where is north just in case you lose any of your directional tools. In the evening you can look for the North Star, finding it is easy just have to look for the big dipper constellation and the star at the tip of the handle of the big dipper is the north star.
3. Know how to insulate heat just in case you find yourself in a situation where you may be losing body heat. You can use mud to retain body heat but if that seems too much for you you can use grass to stuff it amongst your clothes and this can help insulate your body heat.
4. Bring aluminum sheets if you will be camping in a rainy or cold area, aluminum can retain the heat and refrain it from leaving your tent therefore saving you from feeling cold or experiencing extreme cold.
5. Bring a glowstick with you, these things are much more efficient than flashlights since you do not need any battery to power them. They power themselves and due to their unique coloring at times, can serve as a great tool to spot you in emergency search and rescue scenarios.
6. Boil your water first before treating wounds, water from any river or stream may have bacteria from animals that drank there or from microbes looming within the soil. To not further cause any infection, it is best to boil the water first before you clean or pour it over your wounds.
7. Knowing how to stack your items, survival is an essential part of the game where you not only have to be efficient but smart as well. Make sure to organize your packs in such a way that it is easy for you to get anything you need easily in case of an emergency.
8. Learn how to set up camp, do not be too near a body of water just in case the hightide may cause it to flood but don’t dive too deep into the jungle since you may get lost in it. Look out for bodies of animals since this may give you an idea if any predators are there. As well as anything colorful, most likely there may be poisonous vegetation.
9. Invest money in waterproofing as many items as you can, the usual problem with new hikers is they may also forget about condensation and may leave dysfunctional equipment since water has gotten into them.
10. If you are lost always look for a body of water, usually these bodies of water can lead you to a nearby town or habited area that can help you get treated for any injury or emergency you may have.
Most of all it, is important to never put yourself in situations such as this. Do not allow your ego to get the best of you and camp based on your current knowledge and experience. Do not forget to bring a buddy along or an expert who is used to the campsites terrain as a guide and accountability buddy. A smart camper is a responsible camper, stay safe and good luck on your camping adventures.