|Here are a few tips for anyone going camping soon...
1. Before You Leave
a. Tell someone where you will be camping.
*Emergency Kit- flashlight, batteries, cell phone (remember to program I.C.E on your phone), bottled water, map, compass, blanket, carbohydrate snack foods, and reflective clothing.
*First Aid Kit – gauze, antihistamine, snake-bite kit, bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, adhesive tape, first-aid instructions, and any prescription medication. An all-in-one kit can usually be purchased at your local pharmacy.
2. Campsite Safety
a. If camping in the backcountry, secure a permit from the National Park Service ranger station.
*Register at the trailhead and sign out when leaving.
b. Camp in designated areas.
c. Cook downwind from the tent.
d. Stake the tent about 100 yards from water.
*Running water is a watering hole for animals and stagnant water may breeds mosquitoes.
e. Prepare for animals.
*Animals may range from raccoons to bears.
*Bear canister may be advantageous to take on your trip.
f. Protect your valuables.
*Place valuables in your backpack and take them with you when you leave your campsite for the day.
g. Be aware of your surroundings.
*Keep a log in your mind of where you’re at at all time.
h. Have fun!
The Wacky Otter