There’s nothing worse than going out on a family camping trip (including the little ones), only to end up having a perfectly good camping excursion turn into an utter tragedy BECAUSE you didn’t have the proper knowledge to stay safe while in the wilderness.
Camping is supposed to be fun, a time of peace, tranquility and bonding time with you and your loved ones. Don’t let this happen, and learn how to survive a camping trip so you can return home happily and safely, along with the brilliant memories you have created.
To survive a camping trip, it is all about knowing how to stay safe, knowing when to and when not to take risks, and knowing where everyone is at all times.
So let’s get right into it!
1) Basic First Aid Kit
I don’t care how Rambo you think you are, you have family with you that are relying on you to keep them safe.
Cuts, scratches, bruises and scrapes will happen, a basic first aid kit is your first go-to resource for when an injury does happen, or to cover up a cut to stop it from getting infected.
You can either make a first aid kit yourself and add whatever important medications/bandages that you think will be necessary, or you can simply purchase one from your local chemist or warehouse.
2) Research Your Location
It might not seem important to research the area in which you will be camping in, but it actually is a good idea considering you will be taking your precious family there.
There’s no need in trying to find every single detail about the location/campsite, but a general idea of the area is better than nothing.
- You could see if there’s been any murders in the area lately
- What to look out for when driving through to the campsite (rough terrain, sloped mud roads)
- What types of animals, or even predators live in the area, which will help you prepare for potential encounters
3) Staying Loud When Exploring
This might sound counter intuitive, but not only is staying loud (whistling, clapping, talking, singing) going to keep you safe from the bears, bears want to avoid encounters with humans as much as we want to avoid them, so keep loud and you will alert nearby bears, which should send them in the opposite direction.
This will also keep you known to the children’s location, as long as they’re chatting and singing along with you, you will know where they are at all times.
4) Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
This is an important survival tip and often overlooked, but knowing where the nearest cliff face is, or what you are about to stand on, whether it be quicksand, a slippery rock or a camouflaged deadly snake, will determine if you are going to have a good camping trip, or one full of (possibly deadly) actions and consequences.
Be aware of everything around you no matter where you are.
5) Your Tent And The Placement
A lot of people still don’t know about this simple mistake that can turn your perfectly good trip into a complete disaster, just from pitching your tent in the wrong spot.
Many of yous will think that pitching your tent in a ravine, ditch, or low valley is going to keep you safe from the rain and sun – when this is not the case. Sometimes storms hit, and they can hit fast, you don’t want to wake up at 3 a.m with your entire campsite washed away from a flash flood.
It might not sound so serious now, but when you have children, oftentimes toddlers camping with you – it is not something to take lightly.
Where to pitch your tent the safe way? You’re more safer to place your tent on a hill, a slope, or flat ground. If you decide to put your tent on a slope I would recommend you sleep with the door facing downhill to avoid rain running through your tent.
6) The Dangers Of Wildlife
Wildlife are mostly passive against humans, mostly because they don’t what we are capable of so they will just leave us alone. However things can turn pear shaped real quickly when you start feeding bears or leaving that midnight snack in your tent overnight!
- Feeding bears will make them think humans are ‘food providers’, now what happens when another family of campers come to stay in that same area when you leave? The bear will not be happy when no food is given to it.
- A midnight snack sitting in your tent could be your bear bait, and you think the little zipper on your door is going to stop a 500 lbs + bear? I don’t think so, don’t take the risk and leave all food in the campsite in metal bear canisters, or secured inside your car. It doesn’t hurt to hang your food up in the tree either!
7.) Bring Enough Water (Stay Hydrated)
We can only survive for 3 days without water – before our organs start shutting down.
Humans are made up of 70% water, that’s over 2/3 of our entire body! Water is vital to survive on a camping trip, whether you bring 1 container or 5 containers, it doesn’t matter unless you’re actually consuming that water.
1 gallon of water per day, per person is all we need to survive. Although I would recommend you bring more than that, in the event you get lost or something happens to one or more of your water supplies.
Like they say “If you have two, you have one, if you have one, you have none”. What’s is this telling you? If you have two but you lose one, you have a backup, if you have one, and lose one, you will have no back up. Stay prepared and you will stay safe.
Contrary to popular belief, it may sound like camping is a real dangerous activity to embark on, when in reality, it is, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.
As long as you follow the basic rules (know where every one is at all times, know your surroundings, or at least watch where you are walking).
Do this and all your camping trips are going to be absolutely top notch!
Enjoy, have fun, but always play safe.