4 Camping Safety Tips for Arkansas Summers

Camping in Arkansas this summer? Here are a few camping safety tips, from the team at Arkansas Quick Care in Jacksonville, to help keep you safe during your adventure.

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1. Stop by our clinic if you have any health concerns before you leave.

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated for various reasons before you head out to the wilderness. We can help you determine if you need any additional vaccinations before you leave.

Got allergies? A good first-aid pack always has an EpiPen. If you are allergic to bee or wasp stings, or have other serious allergic reactions, don’t leave for your camping trip without one. Know your allergies and be on the lookout for potential dangers like poison ivy and poison oak.

2. Pack a first aid kit.

You can’t anticipate all the dangers your outdoor adventure will put in your way, but you can be prepared. Camping safety always included packing a good first aid kit. Be familiar with the common signs of serious medical conditions you or your camping companions might experience. Here are a few.

● Heat Exhaustion: Look for excessive sweating, muscle cramps, nausea or lightheadedness.

● Heat Stroke: A heat stroke victim will have red skin with no sweating. They might also experience a throbbing headache, nausea and a rapid heart rate.

● Allergic Reactions: If someone is allergic to an insect bite they will have swelling at the area around the insect bite. They might also experience labored breathing, dizziness or lack of alertness.

3. Bring food and water.

The rule for drinking water is: if you are thirsty, you are behind on your water intake. Drink water constantly. If you can’t bring enough water with you on your trip, make sure you have a way to purify natural water. Never drink straight from a stream or pool of water. Even if the water looks clean. Purify water with iodine.

If you are using a gas stove to cook your food, be careful of carbon monoxide poisoning. Read the instructions. It’s important to never use fuel-burning appliances inside an enclosed shelter. Carbon monoxide gas is invisible and very dangerous to humans and animals.

4. Protect yourself from the elements.

Protect yourself from the sun and various insects. Bring bug spray that contains deet and, if you can, wear long sleeves and pants for extra protection. Make sure to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen, even if it’s overcast.

Plan your trip around potential lightning storms and rain. Both can be dangerous to your health.

5. Know the area.

New to camping? Play it safe and stick with camping sites that are accessible by car. If you are a seasoned camper but new to the area, do some research. Arkansas offers plenty of outdoor challenges in the summer including heat, humidity, and wildlife.