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6 Camping Tips For a Safe and Fun Trip

Updated June 3, 2019 . AmFam Team

Planning a camping trip? Use these camping tips to prepare for a safe and fun outing.

Whether exploring a national park or just pitching a tent at your local campground, a little prep can go a long way for a great trip! Before you hit the trails, consider these tips as you prepare for your next camping adventure.


Get a pet check-up. Bringing your pup along? Check that they’re up-to-date on their shots.  Prevent ticks and fleas from making a home in your dog’s fur by applying flea and tick medication a few days before leaving.


Consume food with care. Bringing the right food for a camping trip takes a little planning. Perishables should be kept in a cooler on ice to keep them fresh, and any non-perishables — like granola, canned foods or peanut butter — should be kept sealed and in a dry place. . Handle raw food with care and be sure to cook it at the correct temperature.


Explore the wilderness safely. Along with camping comes hiking, swimming and biking. It’s important to bring the safety equipment that each require like helmets, sturdy shoes and life vests. And remember – never hike or swim alone!


Keep a safe distance from animals. Wild animals may be cute, but it’s best to stay away from them. Avoid touching and feeding them at all times. Don’t leave food unattended, and dispose of all trash in the designated receptacles.


Watch the weather. You might be braving cold nights or sweating in the afternoon sun, so take care of yourself as the weather fluctuates. If you’re going cold weather camping, pack clothing and bedding that combats the chill and prevents hypothermia. When camping in hot weather, prevent heat stroke by drinking lots of water and taking frequent rests in shady areas.


Be prepared for the unexpected. Mother Nature can have a mind of her own, so it’s best to have a plan for sudden changes. Aside from packing supplies for inclement weather, sickness, injury and nature disasters, be sure to tell family and friends where you will be. Research your campsite’s security and find out who to contact in case of an emergency – especially if cell service is poor in the wilderness.


With these tips, you’re all set to build a smart campsite while creating lasting memories. If you’re planning to take your camper or RV, connect with your American Family Insurance agent to review your coverage. They’ll help you understand your RV insurance policy and get you set up with coverage for your home away from home.

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