How To Stay Safe & Secure While Camping6 min read
Camping is a great way to get out into nature and enjoy the fresh air. You can have a great time with your friends or family by cooking over the fire, telling stories around the campfire, and getting away from it all for a while. However, there’s one thing that often gets overlooked when camping: safety! While many people think that they can just pitch their tent in any remote location without worrying about anything happening—they’re wrong. Campfires don’t burn themselves and you need to be prepared for anything that comes your way while camping. Here are some tips on how to stay safe while enjoying camping trips in nature:
Bring a camping axe or hatchet
A camping axe is a great tool for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Whether you’re going hiking, fishing or hunting, having a quality axe with you can come in handy if you need to chop wood for your fire or build a shelter. If you’ve never used an axe before then it’s important that you know how to use one safely so that you don’t injure yourself while out on the trail.
A good camping hatchet should be lightweight enough so that it doesn’t weigh down your pack but also strong enough not break under pressure when cutting through tough wood like branches from trees or logs from fallen trees (which may have been dead for years). It should also have sharpness built into its design so that each swing has power behind it without having to put extra effort into getting each strike right on target before swinging again; otherwise this could result in sore arms after just minutes into using such tools!
Bring a flashlight and spare batteries.
In addition to a flashlight and spare batteries, it’s also important to bring a spare bulb. If you have one, bring that too! Flashlights are an absolute must for camping in the dark. They’re great for finding your way around at night or reading by candlelight when you need some quiet time. If your flashlight happens to break while on your trip (and let’s face it–it probably will), then having some extra bulbs on hand will ensure that all is well again before long.*
A fire extinguisher can save your life.
A fire extinguisher is a device that can help put out fires. It’s important to know how to use one, as well as what type of fire extinguisher is best for your needs.
- The most common type of fire extinguisher is an ABC (or multipurpose) variety. This type works on electrical and combustible materials such as wood and cloth, but not on oil or grease fires. If you’re camping in an area with lots of trees or other flammable vegetation, get yourself an ABC-rated extinguisher–it’ll give you the most versatility!
- Some people choose CO2-based models because they’re compact and easy to carry around; however they don’t work well at all on liquid fuels like gasoline so keep that in mind if you’re planning any excursions involving gas stations along the way…
Start a fire layering the wood.
When starting a fire, start small and work your way up. Don’t use too much paper or kindling, because that will make it difficult for your fire to catch on. If you have too much fuel, it could cause the flames to get out of control and burn down everything in their path (including your tent).
Make sure that your flame is not too close to where you are sitting or sleeping–this includes clothes hanging on lines close by as well! Keep an eye on how quickly those flames spread across dry grassy areas nearby; if they seem like they’re moving faster than usual then move away from them immediately!
Choose the right wood for your fire.
- Choose the right wood for your fire.
- Don’t use green wood or wood with a lot of sap. It will smoke, smell bad and not burn well.
- If you are using coniferous trees, such as pine or spruce, be sure to get rid of the needles before burning them because they can cause a fire to spread quickly if they land on another surface nearby (such as your tent).
- Avoid using treated lumber because it contains chemicals that could pollute the air around your campsite and negatively affect people’s health when inhaled over time.
Make sure that you can see your campfire from wherever you are sleeping.
- Make sure that you can see your campfire from wherever you are sleeping.
- Keep it away from your tent.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Keep it away from combustible materials, like dry grass and leaves, that could catch on fire if the wind blows them into the flames (or even sparks).
It’s also important to make sure that any fires are in a safe place–for instance, if there are people around who might accidentally wander into them while walking through the woods at night or early morning hours when visibility is low due to darkness or foggy conditions respectively then consider placing some kind of barrier between yourself and those potential victims so as not cause injury by accidently causing harm through carelessness on your part!
Always keep a lookout for wildlife so that you know when to throw something on the fire or when to put it out.
One of the most important things to do when camping is to keep an eye out for wildlife. This will allow you to know when it’s okay to start a fire, and when it’s not safe for you or the animals around you.
When camping in a forested area, there are many different types of wildlife that could be nearby: bears, snakes (and other reptiles), rabbits – even deer! If any of these creatures appear while you’re starting up your campfire or cooking food over it at night time then it’s best practice just not even risk having one going at all until daylight comes again so they can dissipate back into their natural habitat.
Campfires are great but they need to be done safely and securely
Campfires are great, but they need to be done safely and securely.
- Campfires can be dangerous! Make sure you’re not too close to your tent or other structures.
- Campfires can be used to cook food and keep warm during cold weather camping trips. If you plan on cooking over a campfire, make sure that all food is cooked thoroughly before eating it (especially if you have children).
- Campfires can also be used as a signal for help or alerts if an emergency occurs while camping in the wilderness area or national park where you are staying. Always keep matches handy so that if someone needs medical attention quickly then there will be no delay getting them help from first responders who may not know where exactly everyone is located at any given time during their stay at campground grounds!
No matter how you enjoy your time in the wilderness, it is important to remember that fire and camping go hand in hand. The best way to stay safe and secure while camping is by following some simple tips like bringing a flashlight with spare batteries or even an axe. You can also start a fire layering the wood so that it doesn’t burn up too quickly or spread out of control.