is thought of to be an activity enjoyed in the summer months,
it is now becoming a year-round activity. And camping trips are
planned with hopes of good weather, severe weather conditions
is always is a possibility, but it doesn't have to ruin the enjoyment
of camping. To make the most of camping, safety tips are important
to consider before packing up your rucksack/ camper or travel
Severe weather can occur anytime of year and often with little
warning. Lightening is one of the most underrated severe weather
hazards because it usually claims one or two victims at a time
and does not cause mass destruction. You're in danger of lightning
if you can hear thunder. If you do hear thunder, seek shelter
inside an enclosed structure, if that is not possible squat low
to the ground, with your feet close together and your head between
your knees. Maintain minimal contact with the ground and do not
Floods and flash floods also can be a serious threat to campers.
Most people underestimate the threat of water. Never attempt to
drive through standing water. It only takes 18" to 24" to float
most vehicles! It is recommended not only paying attention to
the weather around you but also upstream. If flooding is a possibility
in your camp area, immediately move to higher ground.
Not only should you remain aware of possible severe weather, you
should also be mindful of extreme temperatures or sudden climate
shifts. Extremely cold temperatures and winds rob heat from the
body, this increases your risk for hypothermia and possible frostbite.
When camping in the winter, it is important to pack extra blankets,
food and water to reduce these risks.
It takes a lot of planning to handle any weather that Mother Nature
might throw at your camping trip. Simply following some basic
tips can lead to a much more enjoyable camping experience! These
tips are important to follow:
Check the weather before you leave home. There are a variety
of web sites that offer weather forecasts seven days in advance.
Carry a weather radio at all times. These are available
at most electronics stores, a weather radio can be programmed
to a specific location and provide possible life-saving notification
of a fast-developing storm or extreme weather condition.
Talk to your camping group and develop a contingency plan
should bad weather arise.
With planning and preparation, it's possible to camp all year
round in almost all kinds of weather. Checking the weather forecast
regularly, listening to a weather radio and knowing what your
group is going to do in the event of bad weather allows campers
to have a safe and fun trip anytime of year.
Here are some more useful notes to consider:
There is nothing worse than arriving at your campsite only
to discover you forgot something important.
Always take spare tent
pegs as these are easily lost, bent or broken! A couple of
spare guy lines in case of breakages, and some good quality
water-proof tape for quick repairs to your tent.
Protection from the wind
Pitch your tent so any heavy wind will be effectively deflected
by the tents shape/ design. If you have a tent with a single
entrance then keep the entrance out of the wind to prevent
a gust of wind lifting your tent and blowing rain inside.
Keep it safe
Always keep any toxic chemicals like stove fuel, lighter fluid,
cooking gas canisters or bottles out of your inner tent. Many
of these chemicals are highly volatile and can have nasty
effects once breathed in. Chemicals stored in your outer tent
should always be kept in an air tight container.
Avoid fire hazards
Never cook, smoke, have candles or any naked flames in a tent.
Many tent and sleeping bag materials are highly flammable
and just one spark from a cigarette could result in disaster!
In bad weather, sit in the porch of your tent to protect you
from the elements and always keep your stove well away from
your tent. Also, be aware of where you light your camp fire,
high flames can spred fast and trees can catch fire!
Before pitching your tent always ensure the ground is free
of stones, sticks, glass or any other objects that could cause
Avoid a soaking
When camping near a river or water, always ensure you are
not going to be caught out by rising water levels and wake
up either stranded or underwater. Flat, level ground can become
waterlogged easily so try to select a pitch with a gentle
slope which will drain more quickly.
Use common sense
Avoid obvious dangers such as overhanging trees which could
drop branches onto your tent, rabbit or badger holes that
can twist your ankle. If you camp in a working farm always
ensure you use the correct paths and close gates behind you.
Always store food inside your inner tent, this will avoid
your food being eaten by uninvited guests. Hedgehogs, foxes
and badgers can be quite bold around campsites!
Use a head torch
Head torches that are worn on a band around the head are invaluable
as, instead of holding a torch,
they offer hands free illumination in your tent keeping both
your hands free for tasks such as eating or getting dressed.
Keep it handy
Sleep with anything you might need in a hurry close to hand
like a torch, loo roll or any extra clothing you might want
to put on if you wake up feeling cold.