Survive Outdoors will address a generic camping safety. This
will apply to rustic backpacking into any high-country area
as well as your local state parks and populated areas to camp.
For all tent campers, please be advised of where you are
placing your tent or shelter. This is crucial in terms of
- Weather and rain - do not place your tent in a low-lying
area for flooding purposes. If you absolutely have to, then
dig a trench out around the sides. It does not have to be
very deep. Three to four inches is helpful to detour the
water around your shelter. If this is a state park area
and you cannot do that, please respect their rules. Fill
in these areas after you are done camping.
- Beware of trail areas and animals - Many animals, especially
hoofed animals such as elk and deer will move at night.
If you are in the middle of a heavily traveled path, you
may be trampled in your tent or shelter in the middle of
- If you are in a territory where there are bears - Clearly
you want to have all your pans clean. Hang food and perishables
as well as pots and pans you cook in at least 200 yards
away from your campsite. You do not want to hang them 20
or 30 yards away from your tent area.
- Do not place your tent under a tree - Sometimes this
is impossible. If you are going to place your tent under
a tree, please check and make sure that the tree is not
dead, aging, or dead or loose limbs above. It has not been
uncommon for limbs to fall from a tree onto campers’
tents, and injuring them in the middle of the night.
As far as concerns of getting lost or one of your childern
or fellow campers getting lost, please refer to “Getting
Lost and Getting Found” section on Survive Outdoors.
You will see a varitety of tips and hints that we strongly
advise you carry with you when camping.
Always carry a medical kit of some degree with you. Please
see our medical kit area for a helpful guide. Band-Aids, topical
antibiotics are helpful. Make sure everyone has their tetanus
updates that are going camping. Depending on the length of
time that you are spending camping, antibiotics may not be
necessary. These are just a variety of medicines that you
should have in your kit. We will be more specific in our medical
kit section. Over the counter Imodium AD is always good to
carry with you. It is very uncomfortable to get diarrhea on
a camping trip. Flashlights are crucially important. We have
a difficult time seeing in the dark. We are not nocturnal
animals. Flashlights that work should be checked and double-checked.
Extra batteries would be helpful to have on-hand. The LED
flashlights have been a huge innovation in lights and they
can burn anywhere from two weeks to a month on the batteries
that are put in there and are extremely resilient.
Water is crucial, while water purification is even more crucial.
Currently, there is no safe water to drink in North America
or Canada. Water filtration as well as purification tablets
and boiling are effective means to take out all organisms
for drinking purposes. Make sure you bring enough water. Dehydration
is not an enjoyable ailment and can lead to death in severe
Last, please remember that you are not in your home but in
nature’s home. If you take care of her, she will take
care of you. Please pick up all litter. In certain areas now,
specifically in the boundary waters, you have to carry out
your excrement. This area is not usually addressed. If you
are in areas where it is not necessary to do that, please
dig a hole far enough away from any water sources. Pick up
all your litter. After you have packed up, turn around and
look where you have camped and cooked and see that it is clean.
Look at it as if you are staying in someone’s house,
and how you would like that bedroom or that area to be just
as well picked up. Please treat nature the same way.