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Camping Tips, Do's & Don't's

Practice Good Stewardship of our Public Lands - help to take good care of our public lands so that others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing some of the following actions:
  • You can: Don't Litter... take along a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.
  • Make sure that you are using the correct type of camping equipment permitted in that area. Check with your destination ahead of time for seasonal fire or campstove restrictions that may be in place.
  • Don't camp in areas where you are not permitted. These areas have been declared "off limits" to campers to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.

Safety While Camping:
  • Check with local park, forest, or public lands agents to see what precautions need to be taken in regard to storing food away from wildlife
  • Do not feed the local wildlife
  • Take precautions against camping in an area that may be dangerous in the case of sudden flash floods. Check with local rangers to find a safe and legal camping area.
  • Remember to take along non-perishable food that won't make you ill if it spoils.
  • Be courteous and remember that you are sharing public lands with other campers and recreationists.
  • Do not camp on unauthorized areas.
  • Bring along extra safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cellphone or radio
  • Avoid swampy areas (bugs, flies, mosquitos)
  • Avoid camping too close to water (e.g. creeks can become rivers during rain; the tide may wash your beach camp away)
  • Bring a medical kit with you, always. Select contained items depending on the area you're traveling

Useful Items:
  • Insect Repellents of different kinds: Products that contain 'deed' (best against mosquitos), but also citronella candles
  • Chocolate as 'fast energy' provider, especially when being outdoor during extreme cold weather
  • GPS to determine your position and find your path; or of course a compass and maps
  • Leatherman multi-function tool or e.g. a swiss army style pocket knife
  • Waterproof matches or lighters

Beside all the mentioned items you need of course your specific 'general camping equipment' depending on what your trip is about.

Desert-style camping, e.g. on Devils Garden Campground in Utah's Arches Park
Desert-style camping, e.g. on Devils Garden Campground in Utah's Arches Park



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