Camping followed by an early morning trek is more fun than a weekend at some sophisticated resort. Camping is also one of the most popular holiday activities amongst Americans and Australians alike. Taking a break from the plastic life and going camping with friends is simply rejuvenating. The core thrill in camping is that you have to manage with just the basic stuff and without the luxury of your home, dining table, microwave or even a toilet. Now while that might sound uncomfortable to some, it sure sounds like a welcome change to the rest.
Before you go camping, make sure to do some research on the place where you plan to go camping. You can find a lot of information online stating the various health hazards that various regions pose. Based on those threats you could either change the venue or carry necessary precautions. For example, Chikungunya is associated with the Caribbean, while forest fires are common in the South-Western and the Mid-Western regions of the US and pose the threat of lung and respiratory problems. If a person suffers from Asthma then he should always reconsider camping in such areas. Then again, be prepared to be interrupted by hungry bears sniffing around and heading towards your food. Wolves and un-extinguished campfires are the most dangerous.
However, when you go out in the wild, you need to take care of your health and also protect yourself. The wild, unlike your backyard poses a lot of challenges, and while you are out there, you deprive yourself the luxury of running inside to grab a thing or two. Make sure to carry a map with you, just in case a bear says hello and you have to run for cover and eventually get lost. While camping is a great experience, there are few things that you must carry with you.
List of 10 Things To Carry With You While Camping:
Consider clothes that cover your hands and legs completely while you go camping. Yes, you got that right and no, we do not recommend the shorts and sleeveless tank tops that some actor wore in a movie. In the wild there are a lot of mosquitoes and insects that can bite you and hence keeping yourself covered is strongly recommended. This covering might not protect you completely from the stings of these wild insects, but it can surely protect you to a large extent.
No foamy bed out there in the tent and that could give anybody a sore back. The only luxury you can have is a sleeping bag. Also walking can cause leg pain or you could step on a rock and sprain your ankle. These things are common while camping. So carrying your regular painkillers should help if any such thing happens. Don’t borrow a new painkiller from a friend while camping because a painkiller that you never took before could cause an allergic reaction.
Camping means sweating it out and that could make you feel very tired because water and potassium leaves your body through sweat. That causes the energy level of the body to drop down. That is when re-hydration powders and drinks come handy. Taking a fifteen minute break and adding a re-hydration powder in a glass of water and gulping it down gives quick relief.
Yes, there’s a creek very close to where you’re camping, but your drinking water has to come from home. That’s because irrespective of how pure the water from the creek looks, it can carry bacteria, virus and parasites that can harm your system. Untreated water can cause water-borne diseases such as Giardiasis, Cyclosporiasis, Amoebiasis, Diarrhea, Cholera etc…So carry a lot of water from home because you are going to loose a lot of water from your body in the form of sweat when you walk and trek.
5. Lots Of Food
Even if it’s just for a night and you usually eat 3 deli sandwiches at the most, consider carrying five and also add some donuts and bananas to your bag. Not kidding, it is a fact that when you exert energy by walking and are close to nature, you tend to eat more than usual. Carrying something sweet to eat should be useful because that gives you energy. Bananas are rich in potassium and easy to digest, and that gives it the ability to give you energy really fast. Take this tip seriously because there are no restaurants or delis down in the jungle.
6. First-Aid Kit
A good chance that you might fall down and scrape your knee or sprain an ankle. So make sure that your first-aid kit contains an effective antiseptic solution, cotton, adhesive tape, band-aid etc… However, in case you suffer a wound or a cut from any metal or any animal bite then rush to the nearest hospital as early as possible.
7. Something For The Mosquitoes
Make sure to carry a lotion that repels mosquitoes because mosquitoes can cause Malaria, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, Dengue etc…The mosquitoes in your backyard are smaller but the ones in the woods are called wild mosquitoes and are bigger in size. The sting of a wild mosquito is very itchy and can cause a lot of discomfort. That’s why it is always better to apply a mosquito repelling lotion instead of applying lemon to stop the itch caused by these wild mosquitoes. Prevention is always better than cure.
8. Hot Water Bag
Heating some water in the utensils carried to cook your food shouldn’t be a problem. The problem crops up when you don’t have a hot water bag in which you can pour some hot water and relieve your sore back. One of the most common health issues with camping is a sore back and so this issue needs some serious attention.
9. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and can come handy in case of insect bites or a sudden rash. There are many things that can cause rashes in the wild and this includes both insects and plants.
Lemon is a wonder fruit that you must carry when you are out camping. It is most likely that you might feel drained out, dehydrated or out of breath when you are walking and trekking. In such situations you can rely on a lemon squeezed in a glass of water to get you back to normal. That’s because lemon is rich in Vitamin C, which is a water-soluble vitamin that helps you bounce back when you are tired. Also lemons can make you feel better when you suffer from nausea, stomach upset, indigestion and fatigue. In case you go fishing while on a camping trip, then you can also use water and lemon to wash your trout. Using lemon on wild mosquito bites can relive you from itching. Lemon is also effective on minor cuts and wounds because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.