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Campfire CookingRoasting marshmallows and singing songs under the stars are favorite camping pastimes for many folks. It’s easy to relax amidst nature, so long as you take safety precautions to ward off any potential dangers. Sleeping in an RV (as opposed to a tent) provides optimum protection while in the woods, but does not eradicate the elements and wildlife from posing threats. Follow these safety tips to ensure the fun, peaceful camping trip you desire.

Campsite Location and Fires

Choose a clean, level campsite that is devoid of debris, glass, low-hanging branches, poison ivy, large ant hills, bee hives and unstable terrain. You camping location should be big enough to park your RV or set up your tent, with enough extra space to spread out your gear as wanted.

Build fires away from your main campsite to prevent sparks from igniting your supplies. You can prevent fires from spreading by surrounding the wood with large rocks. Always keep an eye on any open flame and ensure that you’ve drowned the entire fire pit when extinguishing for the night. Never start a fire or use a heating appliance inside your RV or tent; instead, opt for a flashlight.

Food and Equipment

Pack your food in sealable waterproof containers and store them in an insulated cooler. All food should be chilled before and after cooking. Familiarize yourself with outdoor cooking techniques to ensure the safety of the meat you prepare.

When packing, it’s better to over-prepare than risk not having something you need. Bring items such as first-aid supplies, compass or GPS, blankets, flashlights with extra batteries, warm clothes and proper footwear, food and drinking water, medications and cell phones and/or walkie-talkies to stay in communication.

Defense Against the Elements and Wildlife

The sun’s rays can reach your skin even on cloudy days. Always apply appropriate amounts of sunscreen and/or cover your skin with clothing and sunglasses. To prevent overheating, drink plenty of water (even if you’re not thirsty) and take breaks in the shade during activities.

Apply bug spray to fight the bite. Mosquitos and ticks can carry diseases that should be avoided. Wearing light-colored clothes improves visibility when checking for ticks.

Bears can be a campsite nuisance. Dispose of your trash properly and store it inside your RV or tent to prevent bears from ransacking your campsite. Using a flashlight at night may scare off scavenging animals. Do not attempt to feed or touch any of the wildlife you may encounter.

Your RV is your home away from home, whether on the road or in the woods. Call Magill Insurance Agency at (580) 772-7101 for more information on Weatherford recreational vehicle insurance.

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