Summertime camping can be a great way to relax, have adventures, enjoy nature, and spend time with family and friends. Here are some tips to do so safely:
Vaccinations can help protect against certain diseases and conditions while camping. Check with your health care provider, as they may recommend tetanus, pertussis, meningitis, and/or hepatitis A, depending on your medical history, destination, and other factors.
Prepare Safe Food and Water.
Bring safe and healthy foods along on your camping trip. Eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water can increase the risk of developing certain infectious diseases caused by germs.
Avoid Wild animals, and Protect Your Pets.
Some wild animals carry diseases that are dangerous to people. Avoid touching, feeding, and getting near wild animals. Enjoy watching them from a safe distance in their natural surroundings. Keep foods stored in sealed containers and out of the reach of animals. Make sure your family pets are vaccinated and always keep a close eye on them. Check for ticks, and remove them promptly. Make sure pets have plenty of water, food, and shelter.
Utilize Bug Bite Prevention and Management
Mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects can cause certain diseases. To help fight the bite, apply insect repellent to exposed skin. Be sure to follow directions on the package. Check for ticks daily, and remove them promptly. Wear long sleeves, pants, and other light-colored clothing to help prevent and spot ticks more easily.
Protect Yourself From the Sun and Stay Hydrated
Use sunscreen, especially midday, when the sun (and UV radiation) is the strongest. Drinking plenty of water will help prevent any heat related illnesses on hot days.
Always Prepare For the Unexpected
Before you leave, check the weather report, learn about security at your camp location, and tell family and friends your plans. Know what to do when toilets are not available. Be sure to bring along a supply kit that includes a first-aid kit, compass or GPS, map, flashlight, blankets, batteries, food, water, clothes, and medications. Know who to contact at the camp to report issues that may come up. When you return home, check for ticks, skin rashes or sunburn, dehydration, and other problems.