Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Camp Safely

camp safelyCamping is a fun way to get family and friends together to enjoy the outdoors. Take a few minutes to help ensure your camping trip is safe and healthy.

  • Ask your health care provider if you are up-to-date on recommended vaccinations before your camping trip. Make an appointment to get them if needed.
  • Pack healthy snacks, water, adequate clothes, and a first-aid kit.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. Before you leave, be sure you put out your campfire completely.
  • Put on protective gear, such as helmets, sturdy shoes, and life jackets, depending on the activity.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use fuel-burning equipment, such as gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills, inside or near a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter.
  • Some wild animals carry diseases that are dangerous to people. Enjoy watching wild animals from a safe distance in their natural surroundings.
  • Put on insect repellent containing 20% or more DEET.
  • Wear light colored clothing so you can see ticks better. Check yourself, your family, and your pets for ticks, and remove them promptly.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Put on sunscreen with at least SPF 15, and cover up with clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.

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Page last reviewed: February 5, 2014