6 Tips for Happy Campers

Whether exploring a national park or just pitching a tent at your local campground, a little prep can go a long way in keeping your crew safe and happy. Use this checklist to prepare you and your fellow campers for your best camping trip yet!
Get vaccinated. Before you head out, check with your doctor to make sure everyone in the family is up-to-date on their vaccinations. Ask how to protect yourself from certain diseases and illness that are prevalent while camping. Bringing your pup along? Check that they’re up-to-date on their shots, too. 
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Consume with care. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, but it’s always worth keeping your food prep standards high – even when cooking in the woods. Store food properly, handle raw food with care, and be sure to cook it at the correct temperature. Simple, right?  
Explore safely. Along with camping often comes hiking, swimming and biking. It’s important to bring the safety equipment that each require – helmets, sturdy shoes and life vests. And remember – never hike or swim alone!
Keep a safe distance. Wild animals may be cute, but it’s best to keep them at a safe distance – so avoid touching and feeding them at all times. Prevent ticks and mosquitos by keeping skin covered and using insect repellant. And keep your pets comfortable and safe with flea/tick medication or collars. 
Watch the weather. Whether braving cold nights or sweating in the afternoon sun, take care of yourself as the weather fluctuates. Bring clothing and bedding that combats the cold and prevents hypothermia. To prevent heat-related illnesses, drink lots of water and choose to rest in shady areas.
Be prepared. Mother Nature can have a mind of her own, so it’s best to always plan for the unexpected. Aside from packing supplies for inclement weather, sickness, injury and nature disasters, be sure to research your campsite’s security, tell family and friends where you will be, and find out who to contact in case of an emergency – especially if cell service is poor in the wilderness. 
With these tips, you’re all set to build a smart campsite and focus on creating lasting memories, all while protecting what matters most. Now get out there and explore!

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