Peace of mind, we all always go through the first time. It all starts with desire, desire, curiosity, uncertainty, and, in many cases, fear.
And it is this fear that can prevent us from experiencing one of the most beautiful experiences … or the most unpleasant in case of not being adequately prepared and with a lot of bad luck.
It is for this reason that I have put together this complete and detailed guide for those potential adventurers or future backpackers without the slightest idea of how to camp.
Get ready, because regardless of never having camped outdoors before, you’re about to master how to live off the grid.
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What to bring for camping?
It depends on the needs of each person; some may be subject to carrying many things and others not.
It is widespread to see, among the first camping trips, an excess of luggage for fear of missing something and having a wrong time.
The funny thing is that many times in this overloading of bags is due to unnecessary things; even in most cases, also carrying the whole house on top, it is often missing the essentials.
The less weight, the more comfortable your adventure will be. Less is more, over time, one learns. So I will try to summarize the most basic implements with a list of what to bring:
1. The carp
It couldn’t be more logical. Then comes the question: What tent should I bring? Well, it depends on yourself what kind of camping activities you want to dedicate yourself to, and where.
Camping in the sun on a beach is not the same as camping on a torrential day in the high mountains. You will freeze from the cold if you take a beach tent to Chimborazo.
For places that you know there is a lot of rain, it is advisable to take a tent with a waterproof cover, so you will avoid spending a night soaked.
If your tent does not have a waterproof cover, you can improvise with a nylon or plastic tarp (those tarps they use when painting a house so that the ground does not stain) large enough to cover the entire tent.
Keep in mind that when buying a tent with a raincoat or carrying a tarp with your tent, it will be more weight in your backpack.
For extreme cold, there are the high mountain tents, which have much thicker material and are resistant enough to resist snow and other complications from the cold, and are also heavier.
The most common tents are the dome type with two rods.
Here I attach a video that I found on YouTube explaining in detail how to assemble these types of tents.
I have managed very well up to temperatures of 6 ° centigrade with the Chinese beach tents found in the Ferrisariatos del Ecuador, very average temperature at night in many sectors of the Ecuadorian highlands.
The secret is to use a suitable sleeping bag or carry an arsenal of blankets and plenty of warm clothes (to be a cold person, I slept with six coats, four pants, and three socks).
2. Sleeping Bag
A similar situation with the case of the carp.
From my own experience, I recommend investing a little more in a thick sleeping bag and with higher resistance to cold. However, this is heavier and larger; when you go to the mountains, it will be beneficial to reconcile a peaceful sleep without shelter problems.
If you go to the coast with a sleeping bag for icy climates, just use it to cushion the ground, since it will not be necessary to tuck in during the night.
3. Backpack with Clothes and Accessories
Which backpack to use will depend a lot on the travel time you have planned.
For short trips, just carry those small backpacks with some grip for the sleeping bag, with enough space for the small amount of clothing and utensils you plan to use.
The essential items that I advise you to carry in your camping backpack are:
- Utility knife
- Thermal insulation (must carry in case of cold and very humid places. It is used under the sleeping bag)
- Lighter or Matches
- Insect repellent
- Trash bags or covers
- Waterproof poncho
- First Aid Kit (alcohol, gauze, tape, artificial tears, pain relievers, anti-allergic and anti diarrheic)
- Sunscreen (required if you have skin sensitive to the sun)
- Personal documents
- Maps (it is mandatory in case of hiking to camp)
- Cell phone for emergency calls
Optionally you can bring:
- Blankets and blankets (it is only an absolute obligation in cases of icy places)
- Plastic containers
- Campfire or kitchen fuel
- Music (depends on the person, even obligation could be)
- Books (just like music)
- Pen and Notebook (handy for writing down phone numbers and addresses)
- Scotch tape
- Table games
- Trekking rods
- Neoprene Mask (for extreme cold)
- Portable Charger (if your destination is camping in nature and not in camping areas)
- Rechargeable lamps
The clothes are at one’s own choice, depending mainly on the climate in which one is going to camp:
- T-shirts, t-shirt, shirt
- Windproof, waterproof
- Shorts and swimsuit
- Slim pants: If you have several pockets, it can be more useful.
- Beach and shower sandals
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Socks (Many in case of camping in the cold)
- Winter gloves
- Sun hats
- Hats for the cold
- Bath and beach towel
Personal hygiene is also linked to each person and gender. Don’t forget to bring at least:
- Toilet paper (sure leaves from the field are not very friendly to the butt)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Small towels (for cleaning the tent)
- Deodorant (for those who smell like goats)
You may be missing everything but the food! Take enough to spend the days you have planned camping; it is better than a little since, in the case of camping far away in nature, there will be no store or supermarket to save you … unless you know how to hunt.
Remember always to carry plenty of water; I recommend taking 2 to 3 liters of water per person per day; Since, apart from drinking, if you do not find a nearby source of water, it will also serve for cleaning functions.
If you’re feeling capable of cooking outside, then don’t miss out on an excellent easy-to-wash pot, plus a portable cooker or grill for cooking over the campfire fire. It is also essential to carry a good quality pocket knife.
If you do not bring kitchen utensils, you can stock up on the following foods:
- Canned, non-perishable foods (cans of tuna, sardines, beans, canned rice, etc.)
- Fruits (Apples, bananas, peaches, grapes, etc.)
- Nuts and Cereals (almonds, walnuts, granola)
- Junk food
- Artificial juices in sachets
Where should I camp?
If you plan to camp for a weekend, plan the route and your camping destination from your home. You can previously advise if there are camping areas, these places usually have a minimum cost about lodging and have bathrooms, kitchen, and a safe space to place your tent.
But if you’re having especially stressful days like your university’s tests week coming up, and just desire to forget about all people and lose yourself in nature, somewhere far from being touristy, you can do free camping. Camping in total solitude under the stars, and with spectacular landscapes. The best? It’s free, and it’s where you decide where to camp.
I am going to take some tips that I found very useful when doing free camping, extracted from the Biciclown website: You have to bear in mind that this type of adventure carries out an adaptation to the environment you want to camp, for example: If you’re going to go to the bathroom, you will have to relieve yourself on the sand if you are on a beach, or the rocks If you are in the mountains or any improvised place that the land offers you and you can baptize it as a bathroom. Also, you will be more exposed to insecurity.
It is not the same to camp in some quiet forest in a mountain town than to do it on the hills of Guayaquil.
As a guanaco, I tell you, it is more pintado in Guayaquil.
- Use a tent or tent that does not attract attention. Red or orange is beautiful to go to Everest. For free camping, a color that does not attract attention and is confused with the landscape, for example, green, is better.
- Rivers and lakes are the right places to bathe, but at night they attract a lot of humidity and animals. Don’t camp near them. They can also have unexpected floods.
- Examine the type of soil. Dried mud can be a trap if it rains. Think about where you will go the next morning if it rains a lot during the night.
- Don’t put up the tent or tent immediately. When you get to the place that looked good to you, sit down and watch. You may discover that it was not so good or someone you have not seen comes to greet you or invite you to their home.
- Suppose a dog has seen you and starts barking, better leave. They can be very persistent.
- Leave everything ready to leave soon, if necessary. Once it gets dark, it will take longer to find and pack your supplies.
- Don’t camp in the dark if it’s not necessary. You might end up sleeping in a place full of thorns.
- Leave the place as you found it. If someone comes later, they can benefit.
- If you have to go to the bathroom, do it far from your camping place and make a hole in the ground, even with your foot, and cover your excrement with stones.
- Look for high places, above roads or towns. That way, it will be more difficult for them to find you because people don’t usually look up. Also, you have better views.
- Try to find a place that gets the sun in the morning. It is nice to be awakened by the sun.
- If someone has seen you and is coming to your camping place, go ahead, and do not let them reach you. Say hi. It’s good that he doesn’t see your equipment. Curiosity killed the cat.
- If you do not find the right place, it is better to approach a neighbor and ask, or otherwise, you can request to camp in their garden. Many times you will end up being invited inside.
- If you can eliminate one or two open spots from your camping area by placing the tent or tent in front of something that covers it, for example, a tree, you have fewer places to control.
- Animals don’t sleep at night, and they don’t know that you are there. Place your trash high up in a tree or away from your campsite.
Other camping tips to consider …
- In case you do not have thermal insulation for cold and humid places, you can use cardboard instead.
- Before sleeping, look inside your tent for mosquitoes. During the night, they can be a headache.
- When camping, you must take into account the place chosen to prepare the fire, which must be where the wind does not fill the tent with smoke.
- Try to reduce the washing of dishes and cutlery as much as possible; the idea is to think of foods in which they do not need to be used, such as ham and cheese sandwiches or hamburgers.
- Never forget the first aid kit, even if the camp is only one night.
- All biting insects breed in the water, so it is recommended to set up the camp about 100 meters from the sea, be it a river, lagoon, stream, or lake.
Tier #2 Camping Essentials
You always have to remember the proper equipment when going camping. Going to a specialty outdoors store can help you pick up the supplies you need to best enjoy this experience out in nature. You should also research the best tent that one can find to suit the needs you have, including if you have family joining you on this trip. Here is some equipment and supplies that one will have to obtain to make this the best possible trip for you and your entire family.
Tents: This is probably and obvious one, but you need to really consider what will suit what needs that a person might have. They have different varieties depending on the size of your family or group of people and the type of terrain you might be out in. Suisse Sport Yosemite 5 Person 2 Room Dome Tent 10′ x 8′, for instance, has a divider between the “rooms” in case you want to be separate from the kids or there are different couples going together. Some tents are only one “room”. Just figure out what you want while out camping and find the tent that is right for you.
Air Mattress: Sometimes just a sleeping bag is not comfortable enough to make sleeping while outdoors a possibility. This is the main purpose of this item. You will be thankful if you remembered this, especially if you find that your site is all rocks and concrete. It is not a bad idea to spoil yourself while roughing it.
Sleeping Bag: But I already have an air mattress, why do I need this? Because even the hottest day at the campground can quickly turn into the coldest night and you will think you are turning into an icicle. Buy one with good insulation but lightweight on the off chance you might be hiking to the site you do not want to carry anything too bulky.
Insecticide: This goes without saying: with nature comes insects. Bugs like mosquitos will eat you alive while outdoors, so be positive to have bug spray on hand. It also helps to ensure that you have kept your tent closed at all times to prevent them from entering in and getting you while you are sleeping.
Light Sources: Anything that can provide light long after the fire goes out is a necessity. You do not want to have to travel to go to the bathroom only not to be able to see the way to and get lost on the way back to your tent.
Lighter/matches: In case you did not get a scout’s badge in starting a fire without matches or lighters, you should probably consider bringing something to help start the campfire. In fact, even if a person has that ability, you should probably bring these anyways. You never know.
First Aid Supplies: Having first aid on hand should be a daily thing, but this is especially important when you find yourself out in the middle of the woods, miles away from the local pharmacy. This kit should have bandages, antibiotic cream and other essentials for emergencies.
That’s Quite the Checklist
These are all essentials when you find yourself planning a trip to sleep in nature. Remember to get advice on everything a person could possibly need, and invest in all of it. You would be grateful that you did.
What Gear Do I Need To Go Hiking?
Hiking, such a peaceful pastime when it’s done right, can be completely void of fun when you don’t have the things you need. A successful trip depends on preparation, a good route, and favorable weather, so it’s best to maximize the good in the things that are in your control. The following tips will help you know your gear – the good, the bad, and the totally unnecessary.
Let’s start by outlining the essentials. We don’t have unlimited space when we pack for a hike, but these are the things you definitely don’t want to sacrifice.
Water and Food
It’s absolutely crucial to stay hydrated while you’re on your trip. It doesn’t matter if the weather is cool or hot, dry or humid or pouring down rain, you must drink water. If you plan to be out for days, bring along a purifier of some sort, whether it be a pump or iodine pills, to use in case of emergency use of natural water sources. Bring one more day’s worth of nutritious food than you think you will need; it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Good Hiking Boots and Clothes
Feet may normally be the last thing we think about when preparing for an adventure, but they’ll be the first and only thing you’ll be thinking about if they aren’t properly cared for and supported. Find boots that are lightweight but that also offer good protection for your soles and ankles, that are breathable but protective, and that have good tread on the sole to provide the traction you need in the ever-changing outdoor terrain. Wear your boots with good socks to prevent those very unwanted blisters. Dress in multiple layers as, especially in mountain terrain, the temperatures can change drastically from morning to night.
Light and Fire
Good preparation dictates that you should bring along a flashlight or headlamp, along with extra batteries for them. You may not think you will hike in the dark, but it’s a guarantee that you’ll want light if you don’t have it. And fire is important for fun and for safety; bring matches or a lighter along so that you can sing campfire songs with your buddies or so that you can cook up a hearty dinner or keep warm in the cool evenings.
Navigation material, like a map and a compass or even a GPS, a first aid kit, sunscreen, toilet paper, a knife, rope, and a repair kit are all items that it’s best not to leave home without. You never know when a situation will arise when one of these everyday items will come in to save the day, or at least tie up a broken pack. Throw all of it in your pack, and let the worries go.
A tent is the first order of shelter, but for those minimalists who prefer to sleep out under the stars, consider at least bringing along a tarp or a sleeping bag to keep the chilly morning dew off.
The non-essential items are much more up to your discretion. Here are some thoughts on what might make your trip even more of an enjoyable experience.
- Sketch pad and pencil
- Insect repellant
- Hand sanitizer
Hitting the trails is a great weekend hobby and a wonderful option for a weeklong vacation, whatever suits your fancy. Just remember to stay safe, let a friend know your itinerary, pack plenty of food and water, don’t pollute the earth, and have fun!
Must-Have Hiking Equipment You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without
Before you hit the trail, you have to be prepared. Outdoors, bringing the proper equipment can mean the difference between daring and danger, life and death. Ensure that you have what you need in order to have a safe, enjoyable, and memorable hike by checking the following items off your list.
This should be pretty self-evident. Basic first-aid equipment will prevent you from being inconvenienced by the many minor injuries that can occur during your hike. Without a kit with which to tend to injuries, small wounds are in danger of turning into dangerous infections, and major injuries can become extremely painful.
When you are in the wilderness, getting lost can be dangerous, so bring ways to know where you are going. Always pack a compass and current maps of the area. Other options are a GPS or phone. However, if you plan to depend on electronic devices to navigate, make sure you don’t run out of power. Pack extra batteries or invest in a solar charger so that you won’t get lost when power runs low.
Cell phones give you a way to call for help in an emergency. Before hiking, obtain important numbers: those of emergency and park services as well as those of nearby friends and acquaintances who may be able to help you. Extra phone features can also come in handy. A cell phone with a GPS or data plan can also double as a navigational device, and camera phones will enable you to keep a record of important signs, landmarks, and picturesque sights you encounter.
Believe it or not, you will most likely need to take notes as you hike. If you meet people along the trail, you may want to record their names and numbers. You’ll jot down directions, landmarks, and people’s tips about trekking the local terrain. You may have to sketch maps, important symbols, landscapes, and more. One solution is the Moleskine-style notebook, which provides both a hard surface and portability, since most are small enough to tuck into a purse or pocket. It’s important to take down at least some notes on paper, rather than your mobile device, because the latter may exhaust its battery.
Water Bottles & Purifiers
Obviously, it is a very bad idea to go trekking without water, since dehydration can be extremely dangerous. However, you also should not go out without having a way to replenish your water supply in the case that you run out. This is especially important on extended or multiple-day trips. The best solution is to pack not only bottles but also a portable water purifier, which will let you take advantage of natural freshwater sources while preventing water-borne bacteria and other dangers from impacting you.
Last but not least, you need an ultimate fixer-upper for all your unexpected situations. You can use duct tape not only for patching up unwanted holes in tents, backpacks, and food bags, but also to mend hiking boots. Even premium boots like the Timberland Men’s White Ledges have been known to spring a leak under extreme conditions, exactly when you need them not to. When that happens, smooth a piece of tape over the leaky area for a quick, effective fix. Duct tape will also serve as a bandage or blister preventer in a pinch. Just thoroughly clean and dry the wounded area, and then apply a strip to your skin as smoothly as possible.
You can make ropes by tearing two strips and taping them with their sticky sides together. These makeshift ropes will probably not hold a human’s weight for very long, but they make perfect clotheslines or tent spines.
Outdoor Equipment That’s Worth the Investment
When it comes to children, parents make sure they are given everything they can to provide with a safe and fun environment. It is also important, especially in this economy, that people spend their money wisely. This forces parents to have a budget dilemma. We want our kids to have almost anything they want, but we want to make sure we get the most out of our investment and ensure many hours of fun for our children.
Outdoor Play set
This might be a great idea for children of most ages. There are so many choices that range very drastically in prices. There are the metal play sets, which are smaller and least expensive. If you have a small yard, this isn’t a bad option. Be aware, often the metal varieties lack durability and do have a shelf life. A wise choice, albeit a huge splurge, is the wooden varieties especially the cedar ones. This can be a very pricy expense, however. Cedar is very durable and weather resistant and will last your family a long time. It’s also a natural bug repellent, which will keep those pesky pests away. If you have the yard space, this might be the wisest choice in this category. You should be sure that your money will be well spent if you can get over the sticker shock.
What child does not love jumping on their bed? Save yourself the headache and consider purchasing a trampoline using these reviews for the family. Picking the right one is important; because you’ll need that assurance that you have bought the right option for your family. The Pure Fun 14 ft. trampoline and its enclosure, which you have to buy separately but is 100% worth it. The covered springs, in addition to a separate enclosure being attached, can protect your investment by providing you with the comfort of knowing that the best option was picked for a safe and decently priced item for the entire family. They are great fun for children off all ages, even those adults that always like to feel like a kid again for a little bit.
Pools are very popular, especially in those hot summer months. This can provide fun for children and adults alike. Pools are a huge expense, which is one of its biggest downsides. This is not just an expense for the initial purchase, but it can be expensive to upkeep as well as time consuming. Then there is purchasing all the floats and play accessories to make it as fun as possible for your children. If knowing that does not scare you off from this huge purchase, it can also be a wise investment. Though you should be warned: this purchase will make you the popular place as everyone will find an excuse to stop by even beginners to working out , so you can wave goodbye to those days of anti-social parenting.When purchasing a pool, you will want to be positive you get something that both fits in your yard and fits the needs of everyone. Keep in mind, you will also need make sure the area is gated and locked. This isn’t just a requirement from most cities or your insurance company, but a great idea to be sure your children to not accidentally wonder into the water. Safety first.
These at home purchases are becoming more popular these days, more than just for birthday parties. They come in all kinds of varieties from your simple, enclosed square to more elaborate ones, some of which you attach to a hose to make your own personal water park. Are these a good option? Yes and no. Children (admit it, some of you adults out there too) find that literally bouncing off the walls is loads of endless fun. In recent time, many outdoor injuries can be linked to these fun bouncy houses. When not properly secured to the ground, and sometimes that does not even help, they have been known to fly away with gust of winds while children are still inside.
This is obviously a huge safety issue that you need to be aware of before you drop all that money on this product.Knowing which big expense is worth it is half the battle when sinking a ton of money into outdoor equipment for your family. The other half is making sure you spent wisely for your family’s needs.It is important, especially for households that are single income, that you keep this balance. Even though the initial money seems to be a shocker for some, think about the money that will be saved in the long run. That is less gas spent traveling to a playground or local park, not to mention the sanity you will save by not having to pile the car full of children. You also can consider that it’s less money spent taking them so often to expensive places like amusement parks because they will have fun in their own backyard.
Finally, outdoor activities are all about enjoying the adventure. We have some camping tips and tricks that will enhance the experience.
Camping Tips and Tricks
Spending time in Mother Nature’s bounty is a rejuvenating experience you should not miss. But to be a happy camper you will need to know a few tricks of the trade. Like any other travel adventure, taking the time to plan your trip makes a big difference in the quality of the experience. If you’re a first-timer, it’s a good idea to go with some more experienced campers, or at least talk to them for information and ideas before you take off for the wilderness.
Finding the Right Location
Word of mouth is the best way to find a good camping place. If you don’t have any camping buddies to chat with go online and check out the camping forums and chat rooms for locations in your area. A quick Google search will get you started.
The first thing you have to decide is whether you are driving or hiking to a campground. Regardless how you get there you now have to pick the right site. Try to find a level spot that is not on the top of a hill where wind might be a problem. You will want to stay away from the bottom of ravines near streams where flooding could make for a damp camp.
Find a nice open area with some tall trees about 300’ from running water. You need water for washing and drinking, but if you are drinking from natural water sources such as streams or rivers remember to purify it first. Either boil the water or use purification tablets.
Try to avoid still water, as it’s a breeding ground for mosquitos. Remember to grab some fabric softener sheets from the laundry at home before leaving. They make a great bug repellent; just wipe them on exposed skin. Now you have to pitch your tent.
Find a level spot where the morning sun will hit the tent. This will help dry off the dew and warm night chill. Brush away any sharp rocks and sticks and lay down a ground tarp, and then pitch your tent. It’s a good idea to learn how to tie a half-hitch knot. It’s an easy knot to learn and great for making ropes and lines taunt.
Get a Good Nights Sleep
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About 200 feet from your tent, near the middle of the site, build your cooking fire. First trench out a circular area and dig down about 6-8 inches. You should lay your fire before evening comes, and everyone is hungry, as it will take awhile for the fire to develop the right coals to cook on. Good hot coals and a low flame make the best cooking fires.
Once your cooking area is set up you need to create a latrine area. Dig a hole about 12-18 inches deep in a secluded spot about 300 feet away from the tent and fire area. Keep the displaced dirt and a shovel or trench tool nearby, as well as, a roll of toilet paper in a zip-lock bag.
Mother Nature’s bounty comes complete with hungry critters. Skunks, raccoons and bears are better viewed from a distance when camping. It’s important that you hang your food supply and trash from a tree about 12 feet high. Be sure to stick your toothpaste and deodorant in with the food too. Bears often mistake them for food and have been known to be nighttime tent visitors; unwanted nighttime tent visitors.
Cooking Breakfast in a Paper Bag
There is nothing better than breakfast around outdoors. Here is an easy way to make bacon and eggs in a paper sack. All you need are an ordinary lunch size paper sack, two strips of bacon and two eggs.
First build a fire and let it burn down to coals. Then cut the bacon strips into halves. Take a fatty piece and rub bacon grease all over the bottom and sides half way up the bag’s inside.
Now lay the bacon pieces so they cover the entire bottom. Next gently break the eggs on top of the bacon. Close the top and fold over the top a few times to create a nice strong flap. Using a knife poke a hole in the flap and insert a green stick, about a ½ inch in diameter.
Using the stick place the paper sack on the embers. Let it cook for 10-15 minutes, depending on the heat, and remove from the fire. Cut or tear off the upper part of the bag and dig in. Cleaning up is a snap; you just burn the baking dish when your done.
Make sure an accident won’t ruin your trip
Having fun outdoors has many benefits for you and the family, especially in today’s world where children are more interested in playing video games than getting outside and being active. It is healthy taking in all that vitamin D, and there is nothing better for people than breathing in all that fresh air. However just like with anything else, if you do not take the necessary precautions it can be very dangerous. Being outside is important for your family and keeping them safe is the most important job in the world parents have. Here are a few tips to keep everyone safe when outdoors this summer.
One of the most problematic things you will encounter outside will be the sun. Precautions should always be taken when out while the sun is shining, especially during the 10am-3pm hours. Always make sure to use sunscreen SPF 30 or above whenever you are outside. This will provide protection against sunburns which are not only very painful annoyances, but can increase your risk of skin cancer each time you burn. Putting sunscreen on and reapplying per the instructions will help prevent this negative side effect of sun exposure.
Another couple of serious dangers that the sun carries, especially as you get further into the hotter summer months, is heat stroke and dehydration. This is able be prevented by keeping hydrated and staying out of direct sunlight during the sun’s hottest hours. By “staying hydrated”, I do not mean grab a soda and call it a day. Water is ideal to drink to have on hand, or even electrolyte based drinks like Gatorade. On really hot days, it’s best to just stay inside where there is air conditioning and follow the heat advisory instructions. If you do not have access to an air conditioner, the news will often broadcast “cooling centers” to ensure the safety of everyone.
Pool Fun Time
An alarming number of people, very notably children, die each year as a result of drowning. This is one of the most preventable accidents. The key is to be vigilant in watching your child while they are swimming. Even at public pools with lifeguards on duty, taking your eyes off the kids could be dangerous. There are often only a few lifeguards posted and several more children than they can keep track of. Being vigilant at public pools is valuable to protecting your family. When you are at home, make sure children know that the pool is off limits if an adult is not outside. Keeping a gate, preferably a locked one will also ensure no accidents will happen. Even with adults and older, much stronger swimmers it’s wise to have a buddy system where no one is out at the pool alone. If someone hits their head while swimming, they could drown because no one was out there with them.Drowning isn’t the only danger lurking in the water. Not following simple rules of the pool is a costly mistake. Unless it’s posted that it is safe to do so, you shouldn’t dive in head first. If the water is too shallow, you could risk hitting your head and knocking you unconscious and drown if you are not employing the buddy system, which everyone should have a friend with them. There is also the risk of breaking your neck or spine, which could lead to paralysis or death. If there is no sign posting the rules of diving head first into the pool, it is wise to just not do it.
Other Outdoor Recreation
When it comes to having family fun from the comforts of your home, investing in quality products that are fun for children of all ages is worth the research. A popular choice is the classic cedar play set. These are durable and can last for years. Cedar also can withstand most weather conditions easily. These are able to be very safe for the family, as long as simple rules are followed. This includes one person on the slide at a time.
Trampolines are another excellent option for the family. To pick the top trampoline for your family, research is key. Luckily, I have done some of that work for you. They can be very dangerous if precautions are not followed. Only one person should be on at a time. You should be sure to only jump in the center of the trampoline, or there runs the risk of flying off. This can also be prevented by purchasing an enclosure, like the Pure Fun 14 foot enclosure is. The trampoline should also be at least 10 ft. away from buildings, trees and other structures.During the spring and summer months, playing outside is ideal. It can be a fun place with vast choices of things to do. When safety precautions are followed, your family can enjoy the outdoors with a great peace of mind.
Camping can be an incredible experience for the entire family. Just because it can be fun, does not mean that you do not need to take precautions to do it properly. There are some items you’ll want to be sure to have on hand to make this experience as fun and as safe as possible. These are things you must consider packing when you go camping.
First Aid: It’s always a great idea to keep a first aid kit on hand no matter where you find yourself. You should have one in your car for ordinary every day “just in cases”. This is especially true if you find yourself out in a place where you can’t just run to the medicine cabinet in your bathroom to grab a bandage or hydrogen peroxide. Things to include in this kit: iodine, hydrogen peroxide, bandages, gauze, medical tape, antibiotic cream, and something to make splints with. You should also have a hot/cold pack in there as well. Other things you need to have in this kit is medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin as well as hydrocortisone cream.
Shelter: Sure, the idea of only laying a sleeping bag on the ground and sleeping under the stars is a dream. But what if there’s a storm? You will want to own a tent to protect you and your family. A good idea is something like the Suisse Sport Yosemite 5 Person 2 Room Dome Tent 10′ x 8′. You would probably be thankful you decided to bring one when you start hearing those summer thunderstorms rolling in. It isn’t even only the weather you need to worry about. What if your campsite has an overabundance of mosquitos or other unpleasant biting insects? Shelter can protect you from both the elements and bug bites that could be annoying but also run the risk of getting an illness from mosquitos. It’s a good idea to look into tents, which are a nice portable and worthwhile investment for the camper who does not camp enough to warrant getting a recreational vehicle to camp in.
Light Source: You might think that the moonlight and fire, you would get all the light you could need while camping. That is incorrect. What if all there is are clouds? How about if you just cannot seem to get a fire lit? In addition, you could be underestimating how dark a campsite could be. You can’t keep the fire going all night. There are lanterns in which you are able to hang in your tents, flashlights for those occasions you are on the move to find a place to go to the bathroom and you can get headlamps so you could carry a light source without losing any hands you might need for other things, like holding your children’s hands while walking through the campground.
It’s important to take every precaution possible to be positive that you and your family remain safe while out camping. To do this, you must be prepared for nearly any emergency that might occur while out in the great outdoors. This will make the experience a much more enjoyable one.