As the temperatures rise and the days become longer, many Canadians will head out on camping adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned camping pro or new to the activity, it’s always a good idea to review camping safety tips.
Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials
Before setting out, it is important that you remember to pack things like fresh water, food, a first-aid kit, matches, insect repellent, extra clothing and a waterproof tent.
Think Twice Before Pitching Your Tent
It’s important to carefully consider where you’re setting up camp. Avoid low-lying areas that could flood during a heavy rain. Also, in windy conditions, avoid setting up your tent under a tree, as possible falling limbs could present a danger.
If you’re not careful, a campfire can quickly become dangerous. Keep the following tips in mind to stay safe:
- If possible, surround the fire pit with rocks, and keep a bucket of water nearby.
- Do not build the fire near the tent(s) or anything else flammable.
- Never leave a fire unattended, and ensure it is completely out before going to bed.
- Collect firewood from the ground only, and never cut into living trees.
Prioritize Safety Over Fun
To keep the experience fun and safe, there are some basic precautions that every camper should take. What’s discussed here is just the beginning of camping safety. For more information on how you can remain safe on your trip, contact your local park association.