Many of us love to venture into the great outdoors in order to enjoy nature and escape the pressures of everyday life. The best way to do so is by camping. It is the most relaxing, picturesque activity ever, unless an unexpected storm comes and everything else goes wrong!
Camping can turn into a catastrophic activity in no time, and you should always know what to do! Prepare for these worst-case scenarios and hope for the best on your next adventure.
Stormy Weather at Campsite
If a storm rolls in your area, move your items inside the vehicle, especially those you don’t immediately need. Those items that you need to keep on your side should be covered with a tarp and stored in waterproof bags. Use your car as a windbreak by pulling it close to your tent or camper.
To avoid getting sick, do everything you can to stay dry, especially protecting you feet and clothes. Keep a change of clothes completely dry and only change into them after the storm has passed
Bears in the Campsite
Bears are motivated by two things: food and protecting their young. Although humans are not typical prey for bears, you should still beware of them. Remember to cook and store food at least 100 yards away from where you sleep, never in or out of your tent. Don’t even try wearing the same clothes you wore while cooking to bed since bears can have a strong sense of smell.
Another thing to remember to avoid bears in the campsite is that they are attracted to surprising things like cooking utensils, toothpaste, wet wipes, soap, medications, birdseed, and garbage. So keep these things away from you.
If you’re on a walking trail and you see a bear, speak in a low, calm, monotone voice while backing away. Do not turn your back away from them, nor run, and make eye contact.
Backpacking and camping may not be tiring for some. You may not even break a single sweat that it can get too cold and someone catches hypothermia. Some signs of this may include unclear thoughts, slurring in speech, and lethargy. Remember to wear layers all the time to avoid this case.
When someone gets a hypothermia attack, respond quickly by adding extra layers in their sleeping bag or wrapping them in a cocoon for more heat source, and fixing up a hot bowl of soup, water, or anything to get their metabolism working again. Shed any wet layers from the patient. Handle them very gently to avoid cardiac arrest.
A campfire can quickly turn into a wildfire. It’s either you evacuate instantly or try to manage it. Whatever your decision is, always contact the local authorities. To contain the fire, smother it with shovels full of dirt or with soaking, wet towels. If you’re near a stream or other water source, fill buckets or containers with water and throw the water on the perimeter of the fire. Move tents and other objects away from the flames.
Reduce the chances of a fire breaking out by clearing the area of flammable materials and limiting the release of ember.
Camping is a great way to relax, recharge, enjoy nature, get a workout, and spend time with people who are close to you. But the above situations are just proof that the activity also has pitfalls.
The following are just four of the most common worst-case scenarios you might encounter when camping with your friends or family. Be sure to acquire enough knowledge and skills for these events, even if you’re 100% sure it won’t rain during the camping activity or when you know the fire you put up is safe.