In the summertime, many of us take to the great outdoors as a way to enjoy nature and escape the pressures of everyday life. Camping can be a fantastic way to relax, recharge and gain a whole new perspective on life. Of course, as with everything in life, there’s a chance that things can go wrong during your trip. It’s always best to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Here are some of the worst-case camping scenarios and how to handle – or maybe even prevent! – them from ruining your trip.
Oh no, a bear!: A bear-sighting is enough to scare anyone! If you see a bear while hiking, speak in a low, calm, monotone voice while slowly backing away. Watch the bear, but don’t make eye contact. Don’t run away or turn your back to the bear. Bears in campsites are looking for food, not humans. It’s recommended to cook and store food 100 yards away from where you sleep, and NEVER keep food in your tent. If you see a bear in your campsite, making noise and waving your arms can be effective for frightening the bear away. If a black bear attacks you, fight back with everything you have. If you act like prey, you become prey!
Getting lost: It’s easy to get lost in the wilderness, and the consequences can be deadly. The best bet is to never travel any distance from your campsite without a partner. If you have kids, give them whistles to wear around their necks to make it easier for you to find them in case they wander off. A cell phone can be a lifesaver — assuming you’re in an area where you have cell service. Program all applicable emergency phone numbers into your phone before heading out and keep your phone turned off to conserve battery life. Carrying along signal flares can also help you alert rescuers to your location in the event that you can’t get a cell signal.
Out-of-control campfire: An out-of-control campfire can spread quickly. If this occurs, douse it with wet towels. If you’re near a stream or other water source, fill buckets or containers with water and throw it on the perimeter of the fire. Move tents and other objects away from the flames. You can limit the chances of a fire breaking out in the first place by applying the following campfire safety tips.
Handling medical emergencies: There are a number of ways people can become injured or sick when camping — slipping on wet rocks, drinking contaminated water, fire burns and insect bites are just a few examples. Prepare for emergencies by learning basic first aid techniques, including CPR, before you leave home. Bring a fully supplied first aid kit along with you and call the emergency number (or set off a flair) if the situation appears serious.
Mosquitoes at campground: A swarm of mosquitoes or other flying pests can quickly ruin a fun camping trip. If pesky mosquitoes have invaded your campsite, light citronella candles. If you have any electric fans on site, turn them on (mosquitoes are week fliers). Apply DEET-based mosquito repeller spray to exposed skin to help prevent bites. If the situation becomes unbearable, you might have to pack up and find another campsite!
Using a Trap for Effective Campsite Mosquito Control If you camp out for long periods of time, or if you own a campground – either for personal or professional use – implementing a mosquito control plan can go a long way toward preventing mosquito infestations. Setting up a Mosquito Magnet® trap will trap and kill mosquitoes, thereby interrupting their breeding cycle and decreasing the overall population of mosquitoes in the area. during your stay, which limits the risk of exposure for you and your family. Just remember, when you’re taking a Mosquito Magnet® trap with you, be sure you also bring a full mosquito propane tank! Have a fun-filled and safe outdoor excursion this summer. And don’t forget about camping mosquito control!