Camping Health and Safety Tips

Summer is in full effect and for some of us that means camping is on the horizon. Camping can be a blast or down right unbearable depending on how you go about it. Here are some camping health and safety tips to get you by:

  • Get vaccinated (hopefully you were up to date to begin with, but if not, now’s as good a time as any)
  • Prepare healthy and safe food (if the deviled eggs have been out since yesterday’s roasted marshmallows, ditch them)
  • Practice fire safety (keep your distance from the fire pit and the fire pit a distance from the shrubbery)
  • Include safe physical activity (wear protective gear for the appropriate activities, no one is invincible)
  • Protect against carbon monoxide poisoning (the fuel-burning gadgets and equipment should not be running in an enclosed environment)
  • Avoid wild animals and protect family pets (what may look cute and cuddly may have a fierce bite and scratch)
  • Fight the bug bite (apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin and check for ticks daily too)
  • Prevent temperature-related illness (dress in layers, bring adequate bedding and put a plastic ground covering under your tent to help keep you dry)
  • Protect yourself from the sun (this should be part of your daily routine, but wear sunscreen, lip balm with sunscreen and a hat)
  • Avoid water-related illness and injuries (stay hydrated and don’t swallow the water you swim in, or swim alone for that matter)

You can never be too prepared. Check out more camping tips and a packing checklist at cdc.gov.

Source: cdc.gov