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Distress Signals

Distress Signals

Learning how to make effective and noticeable distress signals is a key survival skill. These signaling skills will also help keep you from slipping into a panic mode, as you focus your energies on being rescued instead of the fear of being lost. Depending on the time of day, lighting, terrain, and how long you’ve been lost, some signaling methods are more effective than others. An effective distress signal will grab the attention of your potential rescuer and sound or…

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Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival

Wilderness survival skills can be very important if you plan to go on an extended hike, camping trip, or expedition. Knowing about the environment you’re going into can help you prepare in the event that you need to survive in the woods. And while these skills are important, the things that will truly save your life are willower and attitude. One of the biggest impediments to survival is how we handle the discomfort and stress of living outdoors. Sometimes in…

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Removing Ticks

Removing Ticks

One of the less-fun things about camping is avoiding and removing ticks from your family and pets. This does not have to be a big deal and can be done quickly and painlessly if you get in the habit of checking. Many people fear ticks and avoid outdoor activities because of them. Perhaps it’s their vampire-like existence or the fact that many carry Lyme disease, but their not as intimidating as their reputation may seem. Lyme disease is caused primarily…

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Treating Bug Bites

Treating Bug Bites

Those pesky critters can sometimes put a damper on a fun outdoor outing. Treating bug bites quickly and effectively can keep your campers comfortable, safe, and happy. Being able to avoid these bug bites altogether can be better yet! Here’s what you need to know for a safe and less itchy camping trip. If you’re making up your camping checklist, be sure to include bug spray! Most bug repellants will include a ingredient called Diethyltoluamide (“DEET”). DEET repels most insects…

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Heat Related Injuries

Heat Related Injuries

Heat related injuries are usually common amongst athletes, construction workers, and others that exert themselves in the warmer weather. A summertime campout with elevated temperature and /or humidity can also lead to these types of injuries if you’re not careful. The good news is that most heat related injuries are completely avoidable and treatable if you listen to the early warning signs and adjust your activity level. Many athletes, for example, ignore the warning signs of heat cramps and push…

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Poisonous Plants

Poisonous Plants

Poisonous plants can put a big damper on camping fun. But by knowing how to identify the plants and treat any exposures, you can help minimize their impact on your next adventure into the woods. Poisonous plants work by direct exposure to the skin. The oils of the plants are absorbed into the skin causing a reaction that produces an itchy rash and weeping sores. Severe cases around the face can interfere with breathing and should be addressed by a…

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Signs of Shock

Signs of Shock

Recognizing the signs of shock and treating them can save lives. And while minor injuries won’t likely cause our bodies to go into shock, it’s good information to know in the unlikely event that you need to use it. Shock is likely to develop with serious illnesses or injuries, such as severe bleeding. If our circulatory system fails to deliver blood to parts of the body, specifically our organs, our body triggers a series of responses that produce specific signals…

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Camping Gear

Camping Gear

Having the right tool can make any job look easy. The same is true for camping gear. Having the right equipment and knowing how to use it can make the difference between a warm night’s sleep and a cold one; a dry backpack and a wet one; a hot meal and stale granola. Below are some tools to help you evaluate the factors that are worth considering when it comes to choosing your camping gear, as you mark off the…

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First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

One way to teach kids about first aid is to have them make their very own first aid kit. This can be a fun craft whether it’s part of a cub scout meeting or just a family camping activity around the campfire. The items that you need are simple and can vary depending on what you can find around the house or at the store. What you need: The container can be something like an old film container, metal mint…

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Cold Related Injuries

Cold Related Injuries

Cold related injuries can occur quickly and without as many warning signals as heat-related injuries. And cold related injuries don’t always occur when the air temperature is below freezing. Hypothermia, for example, can occur at temperatures well above freezing. Injuries due to the cold can be very serious and even life-threatening. However, all of these injuries and illnesses are preventable if the proper precautions are taken and exposure is limited. The two most common and serious cold related injuries are…

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