Camping can be an incredible experience for the entire family. Just because it can be fun, does not mean that you do not need to take precautions to do it properly. There are some items you’ll want to be sure to have on hand to make this experience as fun and as safe as possible. These are things you must consider packing when you go camping.
First Aid: It’s always a great idea to keep a first aid kit on hand no matter where you find yourself. You should have one in your car for ordinary every day “just in cases”. This is especially true if you find yourself out in a place where you can’t just run to the medicine cabinet in your bathroom to grab a bandage or hydrogen peroxide. Things to include in this kit: iodine, hydrogen peroxide, bandages, gauze, medical tape, antibiotic cream, and something to make splints with. You should also have a hot/cold pack in there as well. Other things you need to have in this kit is medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin as well as hydrocortisone cream.
Shelter: Sure, the idea of only laying a sleeping bag on the ground and sleeping under the stars is a dream. But what if there’s a storm? You will want to own a tent to protect you and your family. A good idea is something like the Suisse Sport Yosemite 5 Person 2 Room Dome Tent 10′ x 8′. You would probably be thankful you decided to bring one when you start hearing those summer thunderstorms rolling in. It isn’t even only the weather you need to worry about. What if your campsite has an overabundance of mosquitos or other unpleasant biting insects? Shelter can protect you from both the elements and bug bites that could be annoying but also run the risk of getting an illness from mosquitos. It’s a good idea to look into tents, which are a nice portable and worthwhile investment for the camper who does not camp enough to warrant getting a recreational vehicle to camp in.
Light Source: You might think that the moonlight and fire, you would get all the light you could need while camping. That is incorrect. What if all there is are clouds? How about if you just cannot seem to get a fire lit? In addition, you could be underestimating how dark a campsite could be. You can’t keep the fire going all night. There are lanterns in which you are able to hang in your tents, flashlights for those occasions you are on the move to find a place to go to the bathroom and you can get headlamps so you could carry a light source without losing any hands you might need for other things, like holding your children’s hands while walking through the campground.
It’s important to take every precaution possible to be positive that you and your family remain safe while out camping. To do this, you must be prepared for nearly any emergency that might occur while out in the great outdoors. This will make the experience a much more enjoyable one.