Outdoor camping can be a fun and exhilirating experience for anybody looking to get touch with their wild side. Not only do you get to do fun things like fish, swim in lakes, and enjoy your family by a camp fire, but you also can explore the vast nature scenary and wildlife that nature has to offer. However, if you are not careful and are careless, it can also turn out to be a nightmare of a experience or you and your family can be stranded or lost. I will share tips with you on how to stay safe and enjoy your camping experience the right way. Read on to learn tips that will keep you and your loved ones safe during the camping or hiking trip.

First and foremost, always carry a emergency care kit with you. In this kit you need to include medical equipment in case of an injury or emergency. The kit should have items like bandages, gauze, a knife, alcohol, anti-bacterial creams, and any other first aid materials you may need. You never know what may happen.

Always let someone you trust like your family and friends know before you leave to go camping. They should know your exact location where you will be and when you will be back along with who will all be with you. If you don't come back when you say you are for whatever reason then you should have this person inform the authorities that you didn't return.

Don't eat any of the vegetation or berries in the forest no matter how appealing or sweet smelling they are. Unless you are an expert on wild berries and vegetation and have extension experience dealing with edible foods found in nature, then you shouldn't consume any of these. They may be poisonous and deadly to humans and can do serious harm to you if you aren't careful.

Wear thick and protective clothing when out in the forrest. This is to help protect you from poisonous plants, insects, and snakes. You don't want anything to penetrate your inner layer of clothing. Consider wearing jeans, a heavy jacket, calf socks, and hiking boots when camping and/or hiking. This will help protect your skin and yourself from rashes, bites, and being exposed to potentially dangerous elements of mother nature.

When you set up camp and you and your family call it a night, don't forget to put out your camp fire. This will help deter animals from entering your camp site. You wouldn't want to wake up in the middle of the night to a hungry, uninvented camper now would you? Bears or other wild animals who are hungry may enter your campsite if they sense or smell a burning camp fire.

Make sure you carry a weapon as well. Although you likely won't need it, you shouldn't take your chances. If you don't carry a gun or rifle, then make sure you carry at least one or two hunting knives for your protection. A knife also may come in handy in various situations when you and your family are out camping or hiking.

Lstly, you should carry at least one type of GPS tracking device, multiple cell phones, light flares, and plenty of batteries and food and water. This is in the event you get lost or something comes up where you aren't able to return home when you anticipated. Water is the most important thing to bring plenty of. You can survive a while without food but you can die within a matter of hours without proper hydration and water.

In conclusion, if you follow these tips then your next camping or hiking trip can be a successful and enjoyful experience. Good Luck!