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Woods & Camping Safety For the Whole Family

Planning a safe family camping trip can be an enjoyable experience if you are prepared. Knowing your limits, taking the time to plan ahead, and packing the right items will help your adventure go off without a hitch. Read on to get the down-and-dirty basics of woods and camping safety.

Planning Ahead
If you are not skilled in the outdoors, begin your adventures by taking day trips. But even during day trips, you have to be aware of camping safety issues...

Planning a safe family camping trip can be an enjoyable experience if you are prepared. Knowing your limits, taking the time to plan ahead, and packing the right items will help your adventure go off without a hitch. Read on to get the down-and-dirty basics of woods and camping safety.

Planning Ahead
If you are not skilled in the outdoors, begin your adventures by taking day trips. But even during day trips, you have to be aware of camping safety issues, such as insect bites and stings; plants that may cause rashes and allergic reactions; exposure to heat, wind, water, and cold; and getting lost.

Once families feel comfortable with their camping skills, they may want to spend a planned few days or a week in a wilderness park. So before you head into the wild, gather information from park rangers, read guide books about the terrain and weather, and talk with campers who've been where you want to go.

Common Camping Dangers
One common mistake made by camping families is not being ready for seasonal transitions in terms of proper clothing and equipment. Storms blow in and out during all seasons, and there can be sudden shifts in temperatures in spring and fall, particularly on high mountains. Precipitation and wind leads to rapid cooling, especially at nightfall when temperatures drop.
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