Camping Tip Of The Day
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While it is totally natural, there tends to be a looming fear surrounding bodily functions in the wilderness. We will try to dispel those fears with a clear and concise explanation of what to expect. It's not as bad as you think! Urinating is often depicted as a man watering a tree. However, in some areas, animals, desiring the salt from our urine try to eat the tree bark or plants we pee on. Both sexes should try to urinate on rocks or sand and away from water sources. Urinating directly on the trail is often the best place. Catholes are our outhouses in the backcountry. You simply dig a 6-8 inch deep, 4-6 inch wide hole, and defecate in it. As intimidating as it seems, many outdoor enthusiast prefer pooping in the outdoors to the indoors. By using stones under your feet and/or leaning up against a tree or downed log, the squatting position can in fact be very comfortable and is actually the most anatomically correct body position for relieving oneself! All toilet paper used in the
Be safe! Don’t leave home without it. You’ve heard that advisory before, right? What do you think I am talking about? Can’t wait any longer? Well, you should be sure to always bring a first aid kit whenever you go camping.
When you camp out, you will spend time away from “civilization” walking, trailing and enjoying all the glory of the outdoors.
However, wherever you are camping away from real-world conveniences, you may find yourself in a quandary; you may one day require first aid.
First Things First: Take A First Aid Course
Believe it or not, there are a lot of classes available that provide first aid lessons. There is a basic EMT or emergency medical technician course that one could take. However, for those who do not have much time, short lessons are available. The American Red Cross provides such courses. Grab the yellow pages and give them a holler.
Check your local community. Basic first aid lessons are generally inexpensive yet valuable, once learned.
Your kids (even the old ones!) should be given basic first aid information. Show kids the items inside the first aid kit, its purpose and how to use them.
A person who knows about first aid procedures and supplies, will panic less once an injury or a slight emergency situation occurs.
What? You don’t have a first aid kit? Get one!
What? You never opened one up? Open it!
What? You don’t know what’s in it and how to use it? Read the instruction manual and then go to YouTube and type in, “First Aid Kit” and learn, learn, learn. Be sure to go through your kit right along with the person on the video.
Also, check out the manual prepared by the American Red Cross.
Yes, open up your first aid kid and test things out. Simply opening it up and going through things will be of significant help should you find yourself in trouble.
First Aid Kit: What To Pack And How
Do not forget to bring a manual.
A Swiss Army Knife is a very useful tool to bring on a camping trip. As I’m sure you know, it has multiple applications.
An emergency blanket should be brought, too. Be aware that a blanket made of wool could get wet and after which may smell a bit bad. There are emergency blankets that does not weigh much and could be easily packed. I highly recommend a “space” blanket as it can be used to keep warm.
Another tool you just, like omg, have to bring is a magnifying glass. Usually, this item is effective for starting fires. You could also bring waterproof matches (2 packs at least) should there be no “uncovered” sun to use the magnifying glass. I’d suggest you also bring a flint stone (not to be confused with that fine family including Fred, Betty and company) that could be used to start a fire.
A rather handy thing to bring is a small mirror. No, not for vanity purposes! Mirrors are useful especially when signalling for help.
A thermometer is another item that could be brought on a camping trip. I sure hope you do not need to use this but hope is not a good strategy, no matter what any schmoozy politician would have you believe!
A cold pack is to prevent any exhaustion that is caused by heat. It could also be used to treat burns, sprains, bruises, swelling, toothaches and headaches.
A sterilized water packet usually contains about four ounces of water. It is an efficient and useful item used for water drinking and cleaning wounds. Fortunately, this item has a shelf life of five years.
For wounds, medical tape should also be brought along for the ride. Also, include in your kid, thread and a needle. Gloves, safety pins, scissors, eye dressings, band aids and an elastic wrap bandage should also be included.
A gauze pad should also be brought along, and lots of it.
Include antiseptic wipes and liquid. While you are at it, toss in some lip balm (to protect the lips from the sun or for more joyful kissing!), and Neosporin (for wounds).
Oh, and do not forget to pack in plenty of pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil. Decongestants like Dimetapp should be considered. I like to bring Nyquil, as well. Nyquil helps me deal with any pains, sinus congestion, coughing, runny noses, sneezing, and, well, it helps me get to sleep! Drugs.com lists NyQuil as a “liquid (that) is a decongestant, antihistamine, cough suppressant, and analgesic combination. Antihistamines are a great option for adults.
Water, Water, Everywhere But Not A Drop To Drink
Yes, definitely bring bottles of water. Bring water purification tablets in case you run out and have to use some you find in water source in nature. Barring that, boil the water for around 20 minutes.
By the way, the female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite! How can you tell them apart? I don’t know so that is why I advise you get a mosquito face mask. This will keep the little BUGgers from partying on your face.
All in all, camping can sure be mightily fun, if you are prepared. If you apply the tips provided above, you will have taken a big step towards being prepared. So, all that will be left to do is fire up the car, head out and partake of the best this world has to offer.
Chris James, Editor
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