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8 Safety Tips to Keep In Mind for Your Next Camping

The summer season is the best time for people in Singapore to go on camping trips. Whether you are camping in an RV or a tent, in a national park or in a private campground, you need some preparations for a safe camping with friends or family.

  1. Bring a First Aid Kit

Purchase or make your own first aid kit that includes the following items:

  • Bandages and band aids
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Ibuprofen or Aspirin
  • A travel size bottle of alcohol
  • Antihistamine
  • Ensure Safety Storage for Food

Pack your foods in air-tight, waterproof bags and containers, and keep everything perishable in an insulated cooler. Raw meats should be separated from other foods to avoid cross contamination.

  • Keep Pests Away

You certainly do not want to attract rodents to your camping site. Therefore, make sure to store your food back to its containers or at least avoid keeping them out when done eating. If you’re bringing your dog with you, keep him on a leash and check for ticks when you’re about to go home.

  • Stay Warm

Camping means sleeping outdoors, so make sure to keep yourself warm and dry by bringing sleeping mats. You may also want to consider dressing in layers for additional warmth.

  • Know the Plants

You do not want you or your kids to get skin reactions to poison ivy or poison oak when on the trip. Research and learn to spot poisonous plants.

  • Purify Your Drinking Water

If you must drink water from untested water sources, like lakes and streams, always purify it by boiling for at least a minute. You can also use water purification tablets, which contains chlorine, iodine or halazone and will kill most water-borne viruses, bacteria and some parasites.

  • Make a Safe Fire

Do not build campfires under low trees or leaving your campfire unattended. Check for flammable debris, such as dry leaves and garbage, near your fire pit. If there’s no designated fire pit, surround your campfire with rocks.

  • Protect Your Skin From the Sun

The sun’s harmful rays can reach your skin not only on sunny days, but even on cloudy and hazy days. Always put on sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 before heading out. Look for a shade during midday and wear hats and sunglasses as much as possible.

While this list seems to be short, more of it is common sense and things that you already know. Like any other vacation, camping trips also needs planning. If you are well-prepared, your camping trip is much more likely to be fun and memorable for everyone.

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