When it comes to hiking, camping, hunting, or any outdoor activity, safety is key! It is important to know all about the area where your recreational activities will take place. Having knowledge of the area, the weather, and the terrain is a good place to start when planning a trip to ensure you are safe and have an enjoyable time!
It is always a good idea to travel with a companion. If you decide to venture out alone, you should leave behind important information about your trip with someone in case of an emergency. Jot down your car, license plate number and your itinerary. Know ahead of time the location of the nearest telephone or ranger station in case of an emergency. Make sure you also have plenty of water and something to treat or filter the water that you refill while on your trip.
When going camping, you should pack a first aid kit and other emergency supplies. It is a good idea to bring a map, compass, bug spray, a flashlight, a knife and high energy food. It is also important to recognize when someone's injury is serious and the steps to take if that person is injured severely. Always have a plan in place so that you are ready for any surprises that come your way.
Before leaving for a camping trip, you should check out the weather report. It is always a good idea also to carry a weather radio with you in case weather changes. If there is inclement weather, find shelter. You want to stay dry and keep sleeping bags and other important gear dry at all times. It is important to always arrive at your campsite early and with enough daylight left so you can set up. This also will allow you light to inspect the campsite. You want a level site that has plenty of room to spread out. This is also a good time to check for other hazards such as poison ivy, sharp objects, or any other natural danger that could be in the area. In regards to poisonous plants, you should become familiar with any dangerous plants that are common in the area where you will be. If you do come into contact, immediately rinse the area with water and apply a soothing lotion to the area.
When hunting outdoors, safety is also key. It is important to learn where and when hunting is taking place and plan activities accordingly. Wear bright colors that stand out. Don't wear earth-toned or animal colored clothing. A good idea also is to make noise, just whistle or carry on a conversation as you walk to alert other hunters that you are in the area also. It is always important to practice basic firearm safety if out hunting. This is important for the safety of you and other hunters.
Overall when doing any outdoor recreational activities, just be aware of your surroundings. Know what to expect and plan for the unexpected!