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Outdoor Safety

Camping Safety

When we go into the wild we take a risk! This makes us feel ALIVE. Taking this risk is only FUN when we stay healthy and safe.

Nobody likes to think about what could go wrong! Don’t worry. I'm only covering the BASICS. Take a moment to review this information. I want you to enjoy your Romantic Getaway. You can prevent mood-killing situations with a little safety awareness.

Top 3 Safety Issues

1) SUNBURN

Ouch… Nothing Romantic about crispy RED skin… It hurts!

Use sunscreen. When you are outside all day you are at risk of sunburn. Remember the sun is more intense at higher elevations. Wear a hat to protect your face, neck and ears. Wear sunglasses with high altitudes, snowy conditions and when on the water. You can sunburn your eyes!

If you do sunburn your skin - keep the area clean and covered. Apply lots of Aloe Vera gel. Stay in the shade! Cover with loose fitting clothes.

Minor burns happen. The most frequent camping burns are caused from campfires, hot stoves and pot handles. Pain from minor burns can be alleviated immediately with cool water.

Seek medical attention if you experience serious burns that blister. Clean the burn area with soap and water. Apply anesthetic or Aloe Vera gel to alleviate the pain.

2) BLISTERS

You know what these are!

Blisters are caused by friction, heat and sweating. Beware of blisters especially when hiking. Proper fitting footwear is the best defense against blisters.

Some other helpful tips...

  • Socks: Use quality wool hiking socks.
  • Sock-liners: These are ultra-thin tight socks. Wear the sock-liners under your thicker outer wool socks. Sock-liners minimize friction on your skin.
  • Stay Clean: Be sure to remove debris that works its way into you boots or shoes.
  • Stay Dry: Avoid hiking for extended periods with wet feet.

If you feel a HOT SPOT stop immediately and take care of your foot. Take off your shoe and check it out. If the spot is red, but no blister, then apply Moleskin directly to the spot. (Moleskin is a soft adhesive padding available at your local drugstore)

If you already have a blister cut a donut out of Molefoam and surround the blister. Use the adhesive Moleskin to secure the foam donut. (Molefoam is thicker padding also available at your drugstore)

If your blister is broken then clean it! This is an open wound. Use soap and water. Apply Second Skin to the blister and cover with adhesive Moleskin. (Second Skin is a soothing hydrogel dressing available... again at your drugstore)

3) SPRAINS

These TERRIBLE injuries occur when the ligaments in the joint are suddenly overstretched. The most commonly sprained joints are the wrist, knee and ankle. If you do experience a sprain while camping remember what to do using the acronym R.I.C.E.

  • Rest: The sprain should be rested. No additional force should be applied on site of the sprain. If, for example, the sprain were an ankle sprain, then walking should be kept to a minimum.
  • Ice: Ice should be applied immediately to the sprain to minimize swelling and ease pain. It can be applied for 20-30 minutes at a time, 3-4 times a day. Ice can be combined with a wrapping to minimize swelling and provide support.
  • Compression: Dressings, bandages, or ace-wraps should be used to immobilize the sprain and provide support.
  • Elevation: Keeping the sprained joint elevated above heart level will also help to minimize swelling.

You can AVOID Sprains! Use caution in these high-risk situations:

  • Loose Rock: Rocks slide and shift upon themselves. This can create a dangerous situation. Walk slowly and carefully!
  • Shortcuts: It is never recommended to make your own trail. Doing so can damage the ecosystem. However, sometimes you need to explore. Watch your footing! Loose soil and rodent holes are ankle-busters. Also walk a safe distance behind the person ahead. You don’t want branches to snap in your face.
  • Fallen Trees: Crossing over fallen trees is fun! That is until they shift or break. Test the log with a hard push. Make certain it’s not rotten or loose.
  • Riverbanks: Humans are attracted to moving water. Rivers are COOL! Beware of loose rock, mud and wet sand… you can easily lose your footing. Riverbanks are notorious for collapsing.

REMEMBER: When traversing or walking along a riverbank always unbuckle your pack snaps. If you do go down you DO NOT want to sink!

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