Essential Safety Items to Pack When Going Camping

Camping is one of the most popular American outdoor activities. From pitching a tent in the backyard to extensive trips to national parks, it’s an excellent way to have fun and create memories. And to make sure those memories are fond ones, you’ll want to be prepared as you head into the Great Outdoors.

These essential safety items should be in everybody’s backpack.

  • Flashlights. Depending on how remote your campsite is, flashlights are absolutely essential. Power outlets are not always available, and when it gets dark in the wilderness, it gets DARK.
  • Extra batteries. This means for flashlights, cell phones, radios – everything that requires a battery.
  • Trash bags. Really? Trash bags are a safety item? If you don’t believe it, consider that stray garbage can not only attract insects, but really big animals. Like wolves and bears. Keep your campsite clean, and there’s less of a chance for those unwanted visitors.
  • Insect repellent: Left untreated, bug bites can turn into infections. Prevent them from happening in the first place.
  • Extra water. Just in case your supply goes bad, have some extra H2O on hand. The same applies for food – you can never have enough extra provisions.
  • First aid kit. Nothing elaborate, just a basic kit with gauze, bandages, ointment, tape and the like. Ice packs are also a good idea to treat sprained joints and to help out with bug bites and other injuries.
  • Lighters and matches. If you need to cook food or even signal help from the ground, you’ll need these items. And let’s be honest – who wants to rub sticks together for hours?

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