Camping is a great summer pastime for people of all ages, all over the world. It’s popular because it’s an opportunity to live a simple life, enjoy the company of family and friends and appreciate the outdoors.
We’re fortunate on Vancouver Island to be close to so many wonderful camping spots. Whether you’re new to camping or a seasoned vet, we’ve put together a few reminders and tips to keep you safe and healthy during your outdoor adventure.
We all love sitting around that campfire. It’s a magnet for those marshmallow-loving kids and grandkids. Keep it safe by setting up your fire pit away from overhanging tree branches. Keep a shovel and water nearby. Before you leave or go to bed, make sure the fire is completely out.
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Never use fuel-burning equipment inside tents or campers. These include gas stoves, heaters, lanterns and charcoal grills.
Never swim alone and never let kids go in the water, even shallow water, unsupervised. Always wear life jackets in a canoe, kayak or boat.
Pack food in waterproof bags or containers and keep it stored in an insulated cooler. Keep your raw and cooked foods separated. Make sure you keep your campsite free of food scraps. You don’t want to invite wild animals over. Store your food in your car or camper. If you’re on foot, hang it from a tree branch that will support the food but not a wild animal.Keep the
Some of those annoying pests carry diseases. Apply insect repellent on your clothes and on exposed skin. Wear light colored clothing so that pests are easy to spot. Don’t let those mosquitoes and ticks ruin your camping adventure.
Slather on that sunscreen, wear sunglasses and don’t forget your hat.
Drink lots of water throughout the day. If you’re hiking, rest often and do your best to stay cool. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion - excessive thirst, nausea, cool and clammy skin, heavy sweating and dizziness.
Remember Your Safety Kit
Personalize your kit to suit your needs. Some suggested basics are antiseptic wipes, roll bandages and bandaids, adhesive tape, cotton swabs, safety pins, tweezers, scissors, antibiotic cream, burn ointment and antibacterial soap. Keep your supplies in a sturdy, waterproof container.
Drop into one of our Heart Pharmacies and we can help you out with safety kits, bug sprays, sunscreens, sunglasses and even hats. Enjoy your camping trip and stay safe.