Here are some helpful tips and information so that you will be
well prepared for your camping trip.
Before you leave, pack these few important items:
- Map of the area
- Compass (learn how to use it, beforehand)
- Charged cell phone (though you can't be sure it will work, in remote areas)
- Bottled water and food
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Water proof matches
- First aid kit with gauze pads, adhesive bandages, tape and antiseptic
Please print a copy of this list and keep it on hand, so that your next camping trip will be a safe and good time for all!
- Plan your trip so that you arrive at your actual campsite with enough daylight left to safely set up and check your campsite area.
- Check the contour of the land, and look for potential trouble in the event of rain.
- Check for potential hazards at the campsite, such as poison ivy, bees, ants, sharp objects and other dangers.
- Campfires are always a concern at campsites. Adults, not kids, should start campfires. Whenever a fire is lit at the campsite, be sure that an adult is assigned to watch it at all times.
- Never use flammable fluids to start a fire.
- Never build a fire near tents or other flammable items.
- When refueling camping stoves and fuel containers, make sure they are cool to the touch, and always use a funnel to fill the tank.
- Do not operate stove or stove fuel containers around another heat source. Only operate stoves in well ventilated areas; never use the stove in a tent or a confined area.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby always.