Honestly. Is there anything better than camping? Being in the great outdoors! S’mores! The smell of camp fires and sleeping under the stores. In Northern Nevada, we are truly blessed to live in America’s Adventure Place. We are close to one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, not to mention thousands of acres of national forest land, just waiting to be explored. But before you pack the family up and head for the hills, check out these camping safety tips to make sure your next outdoor adventure goes on without a hitch.
- Bring more than marshmallows: We know you would never dare forget the ingredients for s’mores or the sunscreen. One of the most important items you can bring camping with you is a first aid kit. Make sure you have plenty of supplies for all the members of your family. Ensure that the kit is well marked and in a waterproof container. Also, consider taking a first aid and CPR class with the American Red Cross. Better safe and trained on how to handle an emergency situation than sorry.
- Don’t Like the Weather? Wait 10 Minutes! Everyone knows just how unpredictable weather is in Northern Nevada. (HELLO!? Snow in June!?) Have your family members bring plenty of layers and dress appropriately. Remember that nights at high elevations get pretty chilly. Make sure your sleeping bags can keep your warm enough at low temperatures.
- Please Don’t Feed the Animals: Or approach them! Nature is full of wonderful and even adorable creatures, but don’t forget, they are called wildlife for a reason. Be aware of your surroundings and who might be living there. Store food in designated containers or hung up on a tree. NEVER store food in tents!
- Chef Safety-Even Outdoors! Camp food is great-salmonella and other food borne illnesses aren’t. Keep all food in sealed, waterproof containers. Wash hands during preparation and cooking and keep surfaces sanitized. Chill foods properly and make sure meats are cooked at the proper temperatures.
- Remember What Smoke Said: Remember fire safety! Use appropriate fire containers or surround fires with rocks. Clear any overhead debris and NEVER build tents close to tents and flammable materials. Make sure to keep a bucket full of water and a shovel at hand. NEVER leave a fire unattended and ALWAYS make sure all embers are properly extinguished.