As the weather turns cooler, Arizonans emerge for adventures in the great outdoors, free from the triple-digit temperatures. As National Camping Day approaches, camping is a great family activity for individuals, couples and family friends, and there are a variety of ways to experience camping, from RVs to trailers to tents.
C2 Tactical is a local indoor weapons facility that also offers self-defense and disaster preparedness courses. These safety survival tips can help campers stay aware of their surroundings and potential dangers. We encourage all campers to always be alert and prepared!
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Essential camping gear
A lot of unexpected things can happen on a camping trip. While the goal is to be surrounded by nature, that often means being far away from civilization and other sources of communication like cell phones and the internet. What if you fall on a hiking trail? Be separated from the group? Encountering a not so friendly animal?
Some of the basic items to have on hand on a camping trip include a first aid kit, a solar phone charger, emergency matches, a knife and a flashlight. Also consider a non-electronic navigation system. When your phone dies, you want an alternative like a map or compass.
light my fire
For campers escaping civilization just before the holidays, learning how to make a fire before packing the car is an important skill. Nature lovers are likely to feel a cold wind and low temperatures at night at this time of year. Many campers will flock to Flagstaff, where temperatures are much colder than Phoenix since the elevation is nearly 7,000 feet.
To start a fire, place tinder in a fire ring, then build a small teepee-shaped stack on top. Use smaller sticks at the bottom – the spring sticks – and larger sticks at the top with large logs for a fire base structure. Make sure the stacks are vertical. Light a match under the spring sticks and shelter the fire from the wind until it grows steadily.
This is not an easy skill to master, but it can be accomplished with practice. Always carry matches or a lighter, and laundry lint or newspaper are great fire starters.
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The body can only survive three days without water, so campers should know where to find water.
When camping in areas with natural springs, be safe and do not drink directly from the spring. A LifeStraw or other water filter is extremely helpful. Always pack a steel pot to boil water in case your filtration system fails.
If none of these options are available, tie an absorbent towel around your ankle and walk through the dewy grass. This might provide enough for one drink until you find a better source. Always familiarize yourself with the water sources where you will be camping before setting off. It could save your life.
To have a plan
When you arrive at your destination you will have a plan and a meeting point in case you get lost. Navigation is also a skill to master before traveling. Teach your group that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
It is extremely important to be well prepared before camping or hiking. These skills aren’t easy to master, but the wilderness is vast and you’ll be glad you took the time to hone your skills!
To learn more about C2 tactics and disaster preparedness courses, please visit https://c2tactical.com/.
Author: Vince Vasquez is an executive member of C2 Tactical.