Stepping into the great outdoors can be the exact breath of fresh air that some of us need. But you also don’t want to end up in the A&E department. Every year, hundreds of people end up in A&E through accidents that they have had through camping. The severity of cases vary, but regardless of the incident, the patients would rather it hadn’t happened at all. So, as the old saying goes: “you’re better safe than sorry”. Here are a few precautions to take when you take your next trip into the wilderness.
Fires And BBQs
When you go camping, there are going to be fires, gas stoves and BBQs. Fires provide heat. Gas stoves and BBQs are one of the most effective ways of cooking in the outdoors. These are very convenient and essential to eating well while you’re away. However, they also pose a massive risk to health and safety. There are the obvious dangers, for example, tents setting alight and burns. However, these can generally be combated with common sense. For example, putting a fire out at the end of the night. Never leaving a fire unsupervised. Never lighting a fire too close to a tent. But there are also other issues. Carbon monoxide poisoning poses a massive threat to life. Many have tragically died by using a disposable BBQ to create heat in their tent. Carbon monoxide isn’t visible, but is lethal. Here’s a guide detailing everything you need to know about it.
Sleeping outdoors has been found to have a whole host of health benefits. The lack of artificial lighting helps us to reset our circadian rhythms. It has also been shown to help with the symptoms of PTSD. However, if you sleep outdoors or in a tent and are too cold, you can also face several health problems. It is important to stay warm. For a good night’s sleep, you also need to be comfortable. If you can’t achieve this in a tent, then you could look into acquiring a towable RV trailer. This will allow you to still stay in the outdoors. However, you will have the warmth and some of the comforts of home.
You should always be respectful of wildlife. In certain countries, you will be staying in similar spaces to native creatures of the land. Some of these creatures are potentially more dangerous than others. For example, when staying in certain areas of Canada or the US, you may come into contact with bears. Think of the iconic Yogi Bear and Booboo Bear of Jellystone Park. If you are staying in bear country there are some very simple rules that you should always follow.
- Keep all food in a bear resistant food box.
- Always wash up any cutlery, dishes, utensils or pots and pans that have been used.
- Never sleep in the clothes that you have cooked in.
- Never keep food items in your tent.
- Sleep away from where you eat and cook.
- Keep any pets on a lead.
- Sleep in a tent; never sleep out in the open.