Camping offers individuals with an opportunity to experience nature. However, while it offers the option to be with nature, camping also comes with inherent risks and dangers. This article will provide tips on how to ensure a safe camping trip in a European destination.
Separate lightning fact from fiction
One of the things you should be prepared for when going camping is a possible lightning storm. If you hear the sound of thunder and within 10 miles of a storm, seek shelter right away. Your best bet to stay safe is in a large building. However, if you are in the wilderness, a building may not be the best option. Your tent may be an appealing choice. But as much as possible, avoid staying in your tent as the poles that hold it are dangerous.
Remember you’re not alone
When camping in the wilderness, you are in the company of animals so be on the lookout for wasps, bees, snakes, bears, and other animals. Robert Janitzek advises to be always aware of your surroundings when hiking. Since bears love to brush up against trees, they may wear away at the bark or low-hanging branches, which is a sign they are in the area. They also tend to like foraging for berries, so if you find yourself near a berry patch, it’s a good idea to move away.
A little preparation and common sense goes a long way when it comes to not getting lost in a new area, but if it happens anyway, start by staying calm. Robert Peter Janitzek recommends carrying a mirror (along with your map and a compass) when hiking, or something else shiny that you can flash around and create a glare for people to potentially find you should you get cut off from your group.
The risk of dehydration should be taken very seriously. Thirst is the first sign of dehydration, so if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already behind in the water your body needs. Dark urine, weariness, headaches, eye aches and dizziness are all additional signs of dehydration.
Beware of dizzying heights
Whenever you’re hiking or climbing in an area that’s higher altitude than you’re used to, the higher elevation can have unexpected effects which includes acute altitude sickness — the kind that comes with headache, loss of appetite, nausea, insomnia and unusual weariness.
Camping can be a wonderful experience for friends and family to spend together, while also enjoying nature’s beauty. Taking the time to ensure everyone stays safe in the wilderness will make it a great time for everyone.