Camping Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the main things to consider when planning a camping trip:


💧 Make sure you have safe food and water.

  • Keep raw and cooked foods separate, packed in tight/waterproof bags or containers.
  • Make sure food gets to the proper temperature when cooking.
  • Bring hand sanitizer if soap isn’t available.

🚴 Plan safe activities.

  • However you choose to explore (walking, hiking, climbing, swimming, biking, etc.), make sure you bring the right equipment.
  • Beware of your surroundings – poisonous plants or wild animals can appear without warning.
  • Don’t explore by yourself, but if you must make sure you check in often.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen!

🐕 Protect family pets.

  • Make sure they’re vaccinations are current.
  • Tether them close or keep a close eye on them at all times.
  • If you find a tick, remove it right away.

🦌 Avoid wild animals.

  • Animals can carry dangerous diseases, it’s best to avoid contact with them (this includes touching, feeding or getting close to them.
  • Keep food stored in sealed containers. Some campgrounds provide bear-proof storage lockers at each camp site.

🐛 Don’t forget bug prevention.

  • Some insects can cause certain diseases.
  • Check yourself and your pets for ticks daily.
  • Wearing long sleeved, light covered clothing can help you spot ticks.
  • Make sure your repellent has DEET in it.

🌡️ Plan for potential “temperature-related” illnesses.

  • Bring adequate bedding for cold nights, a tarp under your tent for wet weather, plenty of alcohol-free and sugar-free liquids for hot days – don’t wait until your thirsty to drink, stay hydrated.
  • Check what the meteorologists are saying for the area before you leave. Consider potential unexpected weather.