Gear guide: Staying safe in the great outdoors

Camping trips should be remembered for things like hikes and s’mores—not bug bites and midnight critter visits.
June 22, 2018 10:42 AM
  1. For starters

    If you’re planning an outdoor adventure, you’re looking forward to the serenity and time spent with loved ones. Just remember that Mother Nature can throw you a curveball (in the form of a sudden thunderstorm), and make you suddenly feel under the weather (hello, dehydration). Whether you’re new to camping or a seasoned pro, this guide will help ensure you and your fellow campers make safety your top priority.

  2. Shelter

    Your tent is your primary protection from the elements, so choose yours wisely. Location is also key to keeping everyone safe, so before setting up camp look around for signs of snake nests, rocky ground and wasps.

    If it rains, you’ll stay dry inside any of Coleman’s well-sealed tents. Plus, the rainfly not only keeps water from getting in, it also boosts airflow. (Be sure to seek shelter in your car or a building, however, in the event of a lightning storm.)

    If it rains, you’ll stay dry inside any of Coleman’s well-sealed tents. T

  3. Navigational tools

    A map, compass and GPS device are essentials, but a Coleman 5-in-1 Survival Kit with whistles and hand mirrors will come in handy should anyone get separated from the group.

  4. First-aid kit

    Nine times out of 10, you won’t need yours, but it’s a must-pack. What’s more, monitor your fellow campers’ energy levels and overall health on a regular basis.

  5. Sun protection

    Even overcast days can result in nasty sunburns by bedtime, so regularly apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen and wear protective, long-sleeved clothing, a hat and sunglasses.

  6. Bug and critter control

    To keep insects at bay, avoid using perfumes and scented shampoos, spray yourself with repellant and attach a Coleman Mosquito Head Net to your hat. At the end of each day, check yourself and others for ticks.

    If the area is home to bears, after each meal, store all food and drinks in air-tight containers tucked inside a bear box or locked inside your car. When exploring the trails, talk, sing or make other noises to announce your presence. For extra peace of mind, consider carrying bear spray, which works like pepper spray to disorient an animal.

  7. Food and drink

    Err on the safe side by packing more food and water than you think you’ll need—hungry and thirsty hikers will go through more than you can imagine! Prevent contamination by separating raw and cooked foods and keeping perishable items in an insulated cooler at all times.

  8. Light sources

    Each camper should have her own flashlight, headlamp or lantern. Don’t forget to check the batteries beforehand.

  9. Multi-purpose tools

    Veteran campers won’t leave home without a pocket knife, duct tape and waterproof matches.

  10. Itinerary left with a friend back home

    In this case, the item you don’t pack is crucial. Identify an emergency contact who has the names of everyone in your group, the start and end times of your trip, a description of your car and plates and the park’s emergency phone number to call should you not return on schedule.

  11. Respect and common sense

    You can’t buy these two, but they’re priceless when it comes to outdoor safety. Talk to the park ranger about regulations and animal concerns, always be aware of your surroundings, be mindful of sunset time, check the weather forecast often, leave wildlife untouched, and you’ll be well on your way to an adventure that’s as safe as it is memorable.


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