Safety Tips for First-Time Backcountry Campers

Did you know there are different styles of camping? For many people, camping can mean pitching a tent on a campground that has facilities, services, and other campers/staff around. While this is certainly camping, one wouldn’t consider this remote. Backcountry camping is a whole other level of camping and is meant for those who want a serene environment without any facilities and services. 

If you have plans to head out for your first backcountry camping adventure, there are some safety tips to be aware of, so let’s take a look.

Shelter Is a Priority

Perhaps the most important item to pack will be your shelter – your tent. Typically, for backwood country camping, it is recommended you pick a tent that is heavier, sturdier, and warmer. You also don’t want to wait until your camping trip to try setting it up. Try a few practices at home and make sure you’re comfortable with it.

What Navigational Tools Will You Use?

The last thing you want to do is wander around aimlessly in the woods looking for a place to set up your tent. This is not only dangerous but you can end up getting lost. Instead, seasoned campers always recommend you bring a few navigational tools with you. A map is always a good starting point but you should also pack a GPS and a compass.

If you’ve never used a GPS unit, compass, or map – now is the time to familiarize yourself with them before you go camping. Be sure to leave your plans with a trusted family member or friend at home before you leave, just in case.

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Pack a First Aid Bag – Expect the Unexpected

Because you never know when the situation may arise, it’s also important to be prepared and pack a first aid kit. In such a remote environment where help could be hours away, if not more, you need the essential first-aid items handy. And it’s not just the items you pack, but also be wary of the first aid bag you pack them in. It needs to be able to hold up to the outdoor elements so that the items inside stay safe and usable.

What Will You Eat and How Will You Cook?

Without the conveniences that fully-serviced campgrounds offer, you also need to think about what you will eat and how you will cook it. You also want to pack light since it can be a long trek to your campsite. There are a few different types of camping stoves available, so be sure to research them and figure out what fits your needs, budget, and ease of use.

In choosing what you’ll cook, it’s a good idea to focus on one-pot or one frying pan dishes since you won’t have all kinds of pots and pans available to you.

Backcountry Camping Requires More Thought and Planning

The simple fact is that backcountry camping requires much more thought and planning to ensure you are safe and have everything you need. But this planning will pay off as this can be a wonderfully serene experience.

 

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