Camping is a great way to escape life’s chaos and reconnect with family, friends and the outdoors. While toasting marshmallows and exploring nature may be some of summer’s simplest pleasures, it is important to think of safety first.
Knowing what to pack: When camping, always expect the unexpected. It might get cold and rainy or be really hot and humid. A tent stake might break or a flashlight might not work. You don’t want to be caught without the essentials, so be sure to print out this camping checklist!
Manta provides a list of camping gear stores near you.
Dealing with bugs and insects: Dark and bright colored clothing can be a magnet for bugs. Instead, wear light and pale colored clothes outside. While citronella candles are good for keeping insects away, always be sure to check for any mosquitoes or ticks on you.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services details how you can protect yourself from these insects. If you think you may have been bitten, visit NHS Choices for details on signs, symptoms and treatment.
Also, always be sure to keep a first aid kit handy while camping.
Practicing campfire safety: It is important to establish a set of campfire rules, especially when camping with children. Smokey the Bear outlines how to build, maintain and extinguish your campfire properly.
For s’mores recipes and campfire songs, visit squidoo.
Looking for a great place to camp in New England? Yankee Magazine details some of the most popular campgrounds in this area. Also, CampMass is a useful resource for local camping and regional attractions.