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No matter what the season, camping can be a wondrous experience
and a welcome relief from the cramped confines of city life.
With the proper preparation and camping gear, hikes and
overnight stays in the outdoors can rejuvenate the mind and
body. Unfortunately, poor planning can result in accidents,
exposure, and injuries. To get the most out of your camping
experience, follow these simple guidelines:
* Expect the unexpected. Before you depart, give some thought to
worst-case scenarios and how you would deal with those
emergencies. For example, discuss with your traveling companions
the options for an encounter with a bear, or what to do if one
of you gets lost.
* Communicate. Email copies of your itinerary to family members
and post on one your refrigerator. Be sure to sign in and out
when using a campground, and sign in and out with a ranger prior
to starting a wilderness hike. Should something go amiss, your
movements can more easily be tracked. Consider purchasing
two-way radios for you and your traveling companions to use on
your trip. If someone does get lost, they'll have a way to
* Bring the right camping gear. Don't let sudden weather changes
catch you off-guard. Waterproof backpacks and tents, as well as
cold weather sleeping bags, will minimize your exposure and
ensure a pleasant camping experience.
* Pack the right clothes. The right camping gear includes the
right clothing. Layer clothes for optimum comfort, so you can
add or remove layers as the temperature changes. Be sure to pack
a lightweight, waterproof jacket and pants.
* Know where you're going. Getting lost in the wilderness is
frightening and potentially deadly. Make sure you have detailed
maps of the area, including a topographical map, and consider
taking along a GPS system and two-way radios. Also pack a
whistle, so you can signal if necessary.
* Beware of the critters. Insect bites and stings can ruin a
great trip. Use DEET-based insect repellent, and re-apply as
needed. At the end of each day, check for ticks - especially
behind the ears, under the arms, and in the groin area - as they
are carriers of Lyme disease. When selecting a site to stow your
camping gear, stay away from the berry bushes, a prime foraging
area for bears.
* Practice fire safety. Fire is always a potential hazard. Keep
your campfire as small as is feasible. If possible, utilize a
fire pit that others have previously used. Make sure the pit has
a ring of rocks around it, and never build a fire pit where
there are overhanging branches. Keep a bucket of water near the
fire, and have someone station near a burning fire at all times
to keep watch over it.
With the right camping gear and preparation, your getaway is
sure to be a success!
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