While camping may be fun, it does come with its own set of risks. Be ready with these tips.

Camping is a very humbling experience because it reminds all of us that we are from the Earth and it is our only home. It can also be a fun time to share with friends and family as you leave all you know behind (e.g. homes, laptops, the comfort of your own bed) and experience the lives all of our ancestors used to live. The outdoors are dangerous and come with their own risks, but not all of these risks are associated with causing humans harm. Some campers may cause the forest and its ecosystem damage that may be irreversible. If you’re planning on going camping sometime soon, be sure to practice these camping tips to keep you and the forest safe.

Prepare Safe Food & Water

Bring safe and healthy foods along on your camping trip. Consuming contaminated food or water can increase the risk of developing certain infectious diseases. Make sure your food is washed before you bring it into the woods to avoid accidently bringing invasive species that could wreak havoc on the local animal population.

  • Pack foods in tight, waterproof bags or containers. Keep them in an insulated cooler.
  • Wash hands and surfaces often. Use hand sanitizer if water is not available.
  • Separate raw foods from cooked foods.
  • Cook foods to proper temperatures (for instance, ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees).
  • Chill foods promptly.

Fight the Bugs

Mosquitos, ticks, and other insects are natural carriers of disease. With the projected spread of the Zika virus this summer, it’s utterly important you carry insect repellent with DEET.

Fire is Not a Toy

90 percent of all wildfires are actually started by humans. If you build a fire near your campsite, make sure that it’s completely out before you leave.

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