Security is important no matter where you are, not just at home. And with Spring just around the corner it is time for people to start getting ready for camping. Camping is a fun and cheap way for the whole family to vacation together. Still, no matter where you are planning on pitching your tent, you need to keep these safety tips in mind:
- Pick the Right Location – even if you want a real wilderness experience, still make sure that it is a known camping area that is monitored by local authorities. We all may think we want that experience of sleeping in the middle of nowhere, at least until it gets dark and all you can think about is what’s out there.
- Stow Your Stuff – Whenever you leave your family tent to hike, swim or fish, make sure you pack your gear up in a locked spot like the trunk of your car. Small items can be hidden in a diversion safe that looks like a can of typical bug spray. Or you can consider protecting your family tent and the rest of your stuff with a battery operated motion sensor and alarm. Just be prepared for when some harmless squirrel sets it off.
- Lock Your Family Tent – When you leave your site, leave the tent open so that potential thieves don’t assume you are hiding something valuable. Night time is a different story and you should close the zipper with a small padlock. Doesn’t seem like much, but it buys you time to make a call for help and get your protection ready when you hear someone struggling to get inside.
- Camping Alone? – If you are looking to get away from the world alone, the number one tip is to make sure that someone back home knows exactly where you be. Also set up a system of checking in daily. If possible bring your dog, or at the very least set up two chairs outside of your family tent instead of one.
- Non Human Predators – Bandits and camp site opportunists are not your only safety concern when camping. In the wilderness even the tiniest insect can cause grave harm if you are not careful. Bring plenty of bug repellent as mosquitoes are not only a pain, they can carry disease. To ward off bigger prey like raccoons and even bears, make sure that you are keeping your trash securely covered and that your food is never left out. There is nothing quite as scary as waking up to a bear licking his chops at your picnic table.
We are concerned about your safety everywhere you go, not just at home. Camping is a family friendly vacation, but it does expose you to certain dangers if you are not careful. Make sure that you are always aware of your surroundings and take steps to avoid being a target, and your camping trip will be as fun as you meant it to be.