Top 3 Camping Safety Issues

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Nobody enjoys concentrating on what COULD go wrong. Going down this negative thought path can make you crazy! My intension is to keep your camping trip POSITIVE. This is why it’s crucial you know the potential risks that accompany any outdoor adventure. Knowing the possible pitfalls will ensure your Romantic Getaway remains SAFE and FUN.

I have studied the camping safety information available today. There is a slight risk involved with leaving your daily routine and entering the wilderness. This risk actually makes everything more exciting! Knowledge and preparation help you hedge the odds. Reading this blog message already gives you an advantage! Check out the most common camping safety issues listed below:

TOP THREE SAFETY ISSUES

1) Sunburn: We all know the sun can BURN. Somehow, from time to time, we still get a nasty sunburn. Usually, this happens when we are distracted or overstimulated and forget how long we’ve actually been exposed. Sunburn and other burns from your camping stove or the campfire are common camping injuries. Be aware of these risks. I have posted more information HERE about what to do if you do experience a burn while camping.

2) Blisters: Blisters are caused by friction, heat and sweating. Beware of blisters especially when hiking. Proper fitting footwear (hiking boots) is the best defense against blisters. Some other helpful tips…

      Socks: Use quality wool hiking socks.
      Sock-liners: These are ultra-thin tight socks. Wear the sock-liners under your thicker outer wool socks. Sock-liners minimize friction on your skin.
      Stay Clean: Be sure to remove debris that works its way into you boots or shoes.
      Stay Dry: Avoid hiking for extended periods with wet feet.

At RomanticCamping.com I have included advice on what TO DO if (or when) you encounter a HOT SPOT or BLISTER. It’s IMPORTANT to know this stuff, especially when hiking or backpacking!

3) Sprains: These injuries occur when the ligaments in the joint are suddenly overstretched. The most commonly sprained joints are the wrist, knee and ankle. If you experience a sprain while hiking or camping it’s NOT the end of the world. Just remember the R.I.C.E. acronym and follow these four steps:

      Rest: The sprain should be rested. No additional force should be applied on site of the sprain. If, for example, the sprain were an ankle sprain, then walking should be kept to a minimum.
      Ice: Ice should be applied immediately to the sprain to minimize swelling and ease pain. It can be applied for 20-30 minutes at a time, 3-4 times a day. Ice can be combined with a wrapping to minimize swelling and provide support.
      Compression: Dressings, bandages, or ace-wraps should be used to immobilize the sprain and provide support.
      Elevation: Keeping the sprained joint elevated above heart level will also help to minimize swelling.

I will be posting more SAFETY information at RomanticCamping.com and on the Blog under the Safety category. Periodically, give this Safety stuff a quick review. Knowing the potential risks will help your Romantic Getaway remain FUN and SAFE. Also, knowing what TO DO when an accident does occur can make you a HERO. Having the skills and knowledge to remedy a negative situation always boosts your sex appeal… that’s good!

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One Response to “Top 3 Camping Safety Issues”

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