Going Camping? Here’s the Rundown of What You Need to Know

As the temperatures rise and the days become longer, many Americans will head out on camping adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned camping pro or new to the activity, it’s always a good idea to review camping safety tips.

Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials

Before setting out, it is important that you remember to pack things like fresh water, food, a first-aid kit, matches, insect repellent, extra clothing and a waterproof tent.

Think Twice Before Pitching Your Tent

It’s important to carefully consider where you’re setting up camp. Avoid low-lying areas that could flood during a heavy rain. Also, in windy conditions, avoid setting up your tent under a tree, as possible falling limbs could present a danger.

Campfire Safety

If you’re not careful, a campfire can quickly become dangerous. Keep the following tips in mind to stay safe:

  • If possible, surround the fire pit with rocks, and keep a bucket of water nearby.
  • Do not build the fire near the tent(s) or anything else flammable.
  • Never leave a fire unattended, and ensure it is completely out before going to bed.
  • Collect firewood from the ground only, never cut into living trees.

Prioritize Safety Over Fun

To keep the experience fun and safe there are some basic precautions that every camper should take. What’s discussed here is just the beginning of camping safety. For more information on how you can remain safe on your trip, click here.

Did You Know?

The average adult needs to use 1 ounce of sunscreen every time they apply it to adequately cover their body.

This is roughly equivalent to the amount needed to fill a standard shot glass.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 212
Total Fat 10 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrates 24 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Sodium 368 mg
Total Sugars 10 g

Source: USDA

Cucumber Blueberry Salad



  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 medium cucumber (chopped)
  • 4 cups fresh arugula
  • ¼ medium red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup crumbled reduced-fat Feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. walnuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 4 slices whole-grain bread


  • 1 ½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. pepper


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all salad ingredients, except bread.
  3. When ready to serve, add vinaigrette to salad and toss.
  4. Toast bread and then cut into four pieces.

Makes: 4 servings

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This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.