Camping Safety Tips

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Camping is a lot of fun and a great tradition for many families. However, camping can be dangerous and certain safety precautions need to be made. Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when camping. Here are some things you should consider when on your next camping trip.

The first thing you should do when you arrive at your camping spot is to look over the area. You want to be sure and look for things like broken glass and other trash that could cause a potential problem. While you should always leave your camping site better than when you found it, not all people live up to that standard and you may be caught with the aftermath. Before you setup camp take some time to cleanup the camping site. You also want to make sure that there are no protruding sticks are sharp rocks around that could cause an accident if someone were to trip on them or onto them. From the beginning you want to make sure that your camping site is organized and clean, clutter just causes confusion and possible accidents. You will also want to find an area for your campfire.

Before you go camping make sure that you check to see if the area you are going to be camping in has any restrictions on campfires. Certain times dry conditions or forest fires can cause a restriction to be placed on the use of campfires while camping. You’ll also want to avoid building a campfire when it’s windy since the wind can cause the fire to spread quickly to different areas of your campsite. Make sure to always keep water handy to douse the flame and never go to bed without burying the fire first. A camping trip can quickly get out of control if you don’t practice fire safety.

The other side of camping safety is first aid. You should be prepared to handle basic first aid situations while on your camping trip. You can take a basic course before you leave home that will help you be prepared to handle sprained ankles, broken bones, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and other ailments sufficiently until professional help can be found. Always go camping with another person, if you go on a hike and break your ankle and you aren’t with anyone you could be stranded and would have to depend on someone passing by seeing you. Always be sure to take a first aid kit with you when you’re camping and keep yourself well hydrated. It’s also a good idea to find out if there is anything you’re allergic to, such as bee stings.

You don’t want to discover that you’re allergic to a bee sting hours away from the nearest hospital. If you do have severe allergies such as an allergy to bee stings, be sure to always carry your medication with you while camping. Before you leave home check to see what types of poisonous plants and animals are in the area and be prepared to deal with them on your camping trip should the need arise.

For other fun outdoor activities you can try with your family, check out Gum Log Plantation. Camping can be a time for creating memories and having fun. While most camping trips go smoothly, it is usually due to preventive safety measures. Make sure to keep safety first and your camping trip will go off without a hitch!

Guide to Some Best Practices to Use for Trout Fishing

The challenge of fishing is one of the reasons millions of folks enjoy this sport throughout the world. And, of all the types of fish someone can fish for, most people love trout fishing because trout present a challenge. Wild trout should be your goal, and fishing in the great outdoors. Don’t settle for farm-raised trout in a lake somewhere.

For newbie trout fishermen, one of the most testing things is learning where the trout like to congregate. One of the methods for increasing this kind of intelligence is to become aware of the responsibility that the water temperature has. Trout have a need for higher amounts of dissolved oxygen in the water. Regarding the dissolved oxygen concentration, surface action and water temperature each play a major role. If they can acquire the amount of oxygen they necessitate, some trout, such as rainbow and brown with tolerate higher water temperatures. Search for spots that have a moving current, if the water is warmer. You can usually come across ripples and tumult, which come about because of the moving current. These spots have a greater amount of oxygen and sometimes the sort of trout you’re going after. 

There’s a lot more to successful fishing, including trout fishing, then the normal things you read about.

One of these things is the necessity of keeping your fishing gear and tackle in good condition. They are known as “best practices” and should guide everything you do as doing so will be to your advantage. Memorize these following guidelines well, until they are habitual. Each item in your tackle box needs to be thoroughly checked before a fishing trip. Also, this is a good time for you to sharpen your hooks. One very important task you shouldn’t neglect is to carefully inspect your knots and your line for weak spots. Re-tie knots as you need to and replace any line that looks questionable. Your setup is only as strong as its weakest link. You could lose the biggest trout you’ve ever landed by not paying attention to this small task.

One very common mistake made by inexperienced trout anglers is using hooks that are just too big. Next to the importance of the size of your pole and reel, the hook size is critical. If you choose to go fly fishing, the hooks are already small and set. Fly fishing is more complicated, so it’s better to stick with regular trout fishing until you have more experience. For safety, and to have a higher probability of successful results, don’t use a hook larger than a size 8. You can do 10 if you like, but the size 8 is ideal and it just makes life a lot easier. 

Keep in mind that your beginning set up for trout fishing won’t be expensive. Your biggest investment will be in time. You need to study trout and their habits, as well as successful techniques and “best practices.” You can be sure there are many things you will know nothing about. After you know what you’re doing, and have done your preliminary research, your confidence in your abilities will be high.

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