Camping Safety Tips
Camping in the UK is an adventure shared by thousands each year. While it is a generally safe and relaxing pursuit, especially when compared to other countries, UK camping is nevertheless frought with hazards. Therefore, it is of crucial importance that campers take note of general safety tips before embarking on their adventures in the wild.
First, it is worth remembering that popular campsites in the UK are often found in or nearby rugged and difficult terrain - camping is no walk in the park. Furthermore, exposure to dangerous temperatures and weather systems can be just as common in the summer months as it is in winter. On this note, particular attention must be paid to packing suitable clothing that can accommodate both seasonal and variable weather - for example, a hot summer`s day may be followed by a sudden drop in temperature at night, which can give rise to various problems such as hypothermia. Indeed, hypothermia causes many deaths in the milder seasons. So, always be prepared for variable conditions.
Adequate camping equipment and supplies are, obviously, crucial safety requirements for any camper. Essential equipment includes a durable and waterproof tent, which ought to be lightweight and easy to pack. High quality hiking boots are also essential and it is important to break these in before traversing the UK landscape in order to help avert blisters. Additionally, if there is a reasonable expectation of tackling more vertical terrain, climbing boots should be brought along just in case. Indeed, footwear should always match the conditions.
Other required equipment can include appropriate clothing (waterproof jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) that can withstand potentially punishing surroundings and suitably sized backpacks. To this extent, backpacks must be large enough to carry the necessary supplies but also light enough to enable the camper to lug it around the countryside. Furthermore, sleeping bags should be waterproof, cold-resistant and adequately sized.
Equipment such also include torches, lanterns, portable heaters, etc., and utilities to ensure that a fire can always be lit (lighters, flint, matches, etc.). On this note, always be extremely careful when making a campfire and seek professional guidance on this before embarking on the trip. Rope and a knife should also be packed. In the event of an emergency, such as being caught in bad weather, stranded from a group or suffering an injury, a first aid kit, mobile phone or GPS device can prove to be life-savers. It is also important to pack plenty of food and water. Additionally, making your whereabouts and travel itinerary known to others can raise an early warning to emergency services in the event that something goes wrong and you are unable to contact anybody for help.
Finally, Icebreaker in the UK offers outdoor clothing that works to move moisture away from the skin in warm temperatures and insulates the body from the cold when temperatures drop. Icebreaker products are ideally suited to the changeable UK weather and as such are ideal for campers.