For many, summer is a time to disconnect and explore our great state. What better way to experience all that Minnesota has to offer than by camping?
Whether your family is full of seasoned veterans or camping novices, we’re sharing some helpful tips to make this summer’s camping trip safer and more fun!
Essential packing list:
- First aid kit.
- Map of the area.
- Extra clothing and rain gear.
- Insect repellants.
Use citronella-based or DEET-containing products near your campsite or on your clothing to repel insects.
Ticks are another camping concern because they can carry several types of infections, including Lyme disease. Check your family for ticks at the end of each day, paying close attention to the areas behind the ears, on the scalp, under the arms and in the groin area.
If your supply of bottled water runs out, iodine is an inexpensive and easy way to purify water. You can also use water filters. Boiling is an excellent method for purifying water but takes a lot of time, energy and resources. Also, don’t forget that proper boiling times can vary based on elevation.
Plan your meals in advance and bring extra food, including plenty of portable options, like granola bars, packaged trail mix, bread, peanut butter and fruit. It’s best to leave foraging for berries to the animals because it’s easy to mistake toxic berries for edible ones that can make someone pretty sick.
Watch out for poison ivy, oak and sumac. Show your kids pictures of these plants before your trip and, if in doubt, avoid touching any unknown plants. Dress in long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect skin from exposure to plants that may cause allergic reactions or you can apply protective products before hiking to protect against the oils of poisonous plants.
Any area that comes in contact with a poisonous plant should be washed immediately with cool water to help remove the oil that causes the allergic reaction. Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream may help soothe any itching.
Keep these things in mind and you’re all set for the best camping trip yet!