10 Healthy Camping Tips


Camping, hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor activities can be exciting and healthy, but it is important to take precautions to ensure your safety. We’ve compiled 7 Quick Camping Tips so you’re ready for the outdoors, no matter what your adventure is.

Can you offer some tips on how to make hiking a safe fitness activity?

“Plan your hiking in advance, determine how much you can handle in one hike, the amount of elevation, the terrain, and the distance. Also were comfortable hiking shoes.” — Dr. Foster Carr

What are the most common animal bites while camping?

“Mosquitos by a landslide. Of animals with teeth, probably raccoons — they are not shy about rummaging through peoples’ belongings.” — Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky

What are some ways to prevent mosquito bites?

“Insect repellents that contain deet (n, n-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) preferably 20–50% or picardin on all exposed skin are very effective mosquito repellents.Permethrin treated clothing is also very effective. Wear protective clothing, use mosquito netting if sleeping outdoors, avoid being outside between dusk and dawn.” — Dr. Michael Ein

What questions should I ask my doctor about camping?


“What medications should I take along? What should be in my first aid kit? Where should I go if sick?” — Dr. Martin Raff

How should I wash my face while camping?

“You can bring pre-moistened towelettes that are made for that purpose (or just bring kiddie wipes) if there is not a clean water source near by.” — Dr. Heidi Fowler

How can I keep bandages dry while camping?

“A cast or bandage protector will keep dressings dry, but the best advice is to not go camping or expose the dressing to elements or water until all healed.” — Dr. Eric Lullove

What are the best shoes to wear when camping?

“Wear thick sole shoes when out for hiking or camp


ing.” — Dr. Mohammed Parvez

How do I prepare for a long hike?

“1. Gradually work up to the distance (get in shape). 2. Wear quality walking shoes (already been broken in). 3. Wear thin sock under absorbent sock to avoid blisters. 4. Bring moleskin to cover hot spots on feet before blisters form. 5. Plenty of water &water filter kit. 6. High energy food. 7. Light comfortable pack. 8. Warm clothes &good shelter. 9. Map+compass+signaling tools. 10. 1st aid kit.” — Dr. David Carl Houghton

Am I more susceptible to giardiasis when camping?

“Animal contamination of lakes and ponds may make camping a riskier event than sitting at home. Access to purified water and proper boiling of your utensils can lower your risk if you use lake or well water for cleaning. Boiling your water for 10 minutes will eliminate the threat if you are unsure of the water.” — Dr. James Ferguson

What is giardiasis?

“It’s a protozoan parasite that affects the upper GI tract. You get it from ingesting infected stool (through contaminated food, water, or sex). It causes diarrhea, nausea, and bloating. It’s treated with Metronidazole or tinidazole.” — Dr. Joel Gallant

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