Camping Safety

Camping SafetyCamping is a fun way to get family and friends together to enjoy the outdoors. Follow these tips to help ensure your camping trip is safe and healthy.

  1. Get Vaccinated
    • To help protect against certain diseases and conditions while camping.
  2. Prepare Healthy and Safe Food
    • Pack foods in waterproof containers and keep insulated
    • Wash hands and surfaces often
    • Separate raw foods from cooked foods
    • Cook foods to proper temperatures and chill promptly
  3. Include Safe Physical Activities
    • Wear protective gear such as helmets, sturdy shoes and life jackets
    • Avoid poisonous plants like poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac
    • Know your limits, never hike or swim alone
    • Watch kids closely
  4. Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    • Never use fuel-burning equipment inside a tent, camper or other enclosed shelter.
  5. Avoid Wild Animals and Protect Family Pets
    • Keep foods stored in sealed containers and out of reach of animals
    • Avoid touching, feeding and getting near wild animals
    • Apply insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin
    • Check for ticks and remove them promptly
    • Wear long sleeves, pants and light-colored clothing to help prevent and spot tick
  6. Protect Family and Pets from Temperature-Related Illness
    • Bring adequate bedding and clothing to stay warm on cool nights
    • Use a plastic ground cloth under your tent to help keep it dry
    • Drink plenty of fluids during hot days
    • Protect yourself from the sun
    • Make sure pets have plenty of water, food and shelter
  7. Avoid Water-Related Illness and Injury
    • Don’t swim if you are ill
    • Don’t swallow the water you swim in
    • Take a shower before and after swimming
    • Never swim alone
    • Wear a life jacket
  8. Be Prepared for the Unexpected
    • Check the weather forecast
    • Learn about security at your camp location, know who to contact to report any issues
    • Tell family and friends of your plans
    • Bring along a first aid kit, compass or GPS, map, flashlight, blankets, batteries, food, water, clothes and medications
    • When you return home check for ticks, skin rashes, sunburn and dehydration

Content Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention