Posted by on Monday, May 22, 2017
It is the first long weekend of the camping season and while the weather may not always cooperate with our camping plans, we Canadians are fearless when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors.
When camping there are several important things to keep in mind to ensure your camping trip is both safe and enjoyable.
Before you go camping you should get vaccinated. Your health care provider may recommend tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), meningitis, and/or hepatitis A.
Ensure that your food and water is safe and kept in a secure package that cannot be penetrated by bugs.
Bring protective gear, such as helmets, sturdy shoes, and life jackets.
Never use fuel-burning equipment such as gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills inside a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter. It can cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to build up.
Avoid wild animals, and protect family pets.
Apply insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin.
To help prevent hypothermia during cool nights, bring adequate bedding and clothing to stay warm. To help prevent heat-related illness during hot days, drink plenty of alcohol-free and sugar-free fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Wear sunscreen and lipscreen with at least SPF 15. Seek shade, especially during midday hours.