Camping Safety

Here are some helpful tips and information so that you will be
well prepared for your camping trip.

Packing Basics

Before you leave, pack these few important items:
  • Map of the area
  • Compass (learn how to use it, beforehand)
  • Charged cell phone (though you can't be sure it will work, in remote areas)
  • Whistle
  • Bottled water and food
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water proof matches
  • First aid kit with gauze pads, adhesive bandages, tape and antiseptic

Camper Safety

  1. Plan your trip so that you arrive at your actual campsite with enough daylight left to safely set up and check your campsite area.
  2. Check the contour of the land, and look for potential trouble in the event of rain.
  3. Check for potential hazards at the campsite, such as poison ivy, bees, ants, sharp objects and other dangers.
  4. Campfires are always a concern at campsites. Adults, not kids, should start campfires. Whenever a fire is lit at the campsite, be sure that an adult is assigned to watch it at all times.
  5. Never use flammable fluids to start a fire.
  6. Never build a fire near tents or other flammable items.
  7. When refueling camping stoves and fuel containers, make sure they are cool to the touch, and always use a funnel to fill the tank.
  8. Do not operate stove or stove fuel containers around another heat source. Only operate stoves in well ventilated areas; never use the stove in a tent or a confined area.
  9. Have a fire extinguisher nearby always.
Please print a copy of this list and keep it on hand, so that your next camping trip will be a safe and good time for all!