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Camping Away Safely For Stress Relieving Outdoor Fun

camping-away-safely-for-stress-relieving-outdoor-funTired and bored? You feel imprisoned in your home or office? Why not take out your backpack and tent and give yourself a break. Go outdoors and enjoy what nature can offer: cool, fresh air, clean mountain streams, and breath-taking views. Taking a break can be fun and stress-relieving. You only need to give time for yourself and a few preparations.

Outdoor camping is one of the most popular recreational activity and many more are trying it. But to maximize the fun, you have to know some safety precautions. Remember, you are going to live under the elements away from the shelter and comfort of your home.

Before leaving home, be sure you have already decided the place where you are going. Consult somebody knowledgeable about the camping place about its dangers and of course the places you need to visit while there. Of course there’s the luggage. Make a checklist of the things necessary for outdoor living. Pack lightly; do not bring the whole house. Important things to be included should be first aid medicines, special medicines for the specific medical need of the members of the household such as for asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, etc. If camping alone, always make sure somebody knows where you are going and how many days you will be gone. Be sure to bring a fully charged mobile phone with you. Extra battery is a welcome also.

Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the activity. Closed shoes are extremely recommended. Woolen socks should be worn as they retain body heat even if wet. Experts always agree and advise strongly that every camper’s kit includes flashlight with extra and new batteries, a hatchet for chopping wood for fuel, extra length of rope, a raincoat, a canteen for water storage and on the top of the list, a knife.

Since you are there just for fun, limit your activities. Do not be tempted to play every games or visit every places. Remember, you are relieving yourself of stress. Plan activities that will make you more bonded with your family. Your goal is to go home rested and relieved. And to capture the moments, a camera or a video recorder is indispensable.

If you want to go places, always consult a park ranger or a trusted guide to take you there. Do not put yourself or your family into unnecessary risks. Doing some things on your own in an unfamiliar terrain can be very dangerous, if not fatal, to all.

Also, you have to be concerned about snakebites. Orient every household member how to avoid it. Everyone must be aware that snakes love to hide under rocks or logs. So poking your hands under one is big, big NO!

Another problem is poisonous plants. Your emergency kit should include first-aid for this, and you must know how to administer it. But to save everyone from this trouble, knowing these must-be-avoided plants is a big plus. A park ranger or part attendant can show you these plants and direct you to a place to camp where you are away from these dangers. This is one reason why you must coordinate with them.

And lastly, the FOOD! Just pack enough for the duration of your camp and consume perishables first. You don’t want those things go wasted. Just be sure also you brought your cooking and eating utensils also.

Having prepared yourself with this knowledge, you are set to go. Ooops, I almost forgot to tell you – DO NOT FORGET YOUR TENT!

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Merry Campers Leave Mother Nature

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Waking up at dawn the birds stir as the damp from the dew sets into your clothes as you gather wood for the campfire. Striking the match, the smell of sulfur awakens the senses and within seconds a small flame becomes a blaze warming the moisture right out of the clothes. Then the cooking begins. The smells of camping remain with you long after the campfire has died. Taking care of camp sites today are more than self-pleasure. So many people use the sites that in a short time the ground can become hardened and all the wildlife disperse. Low impact camping has become the norm and it goes right along with cleaning a campsite.

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

  1. Before the trip begins repackage the food you are taking. Minimize the packaging or use packaging that recycles. This leaves a smaller impact on the outdoors.
  2. Bring the trash bags. Junk removal or junk hauling may start the moment you arrive. After all, not everyone leaves a campsite in good shape. When you arrive pick up any man-made litter. Leave it better than you found it. Go ahead and bring recycling bags as well.
  3. Think of size and quantity. Whatever you bring in you must bring out either within your body or in a container.
  4. Human waste if rules allow dig cat holes 6 to 8 inches deep at minimum of 200 feet from camp, water, or trails. When done cover and disguise cat hole upon leaving. This lets nature decompose it naturally while maintaining health safety.
  5. Keep fires small. Burn to ash and then spread. If possible, use established rings of fire or use a camping stove.
  6. Any food needs to be stored in tight lidded containers. Critters such as bears and raccoons love to litter the camping area with your food at night.

Camping Person Grooming

Start with biodegradable soaps so whether cleaning a person or object it will not harm nature. The transmission of disease involves a living organism so washing hands and body are necessary when camping. Many campers recommend castile soap which you can brush your teeth, wash hair, and do your laundry making for easy packing. Intestinal illnesses often start with the hands so using a sanitizer is a good idea. Boil water for over a minute before using which removes parasites and germs. Most of the cleaning involves minimizing infection possibilities so washing with water is a start. While camping it seems small scratches happen more frequently so a first aid kit needs to be taken.

Going Where No One Has Gone Ever

Taking some cutting instruments would let a camper become more adventuresome. Some wilderness areas such as national parks have a list of rules that do not allow disturbing plants or soil. Other wilderness areas still exist that a person would have to make their own trail. Taking a week cutter, small ax, sickle, and large knife would allow trail cutting.

Have fun, but when through, make it like you have never been there.