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Basic Camping Safety


For more than 15 years, attorney Geoffrey (Geoff) Scovil has been a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he focuses on habeas corpus law. When not busy with his responsibilities as an Albuquerque attorney, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys camping. 

Below are four basic safety considerations when preparing for a camping trip:

1. Build safe fires. A campfire is a staple of any good camping experiences, but it is important that you not build a fire under low-hanging trees. Before you go to bed, put the flames out entirely, and always make sure someone watches the fire while it’s burning.

2. Watch for animals. Bees and wasps are primarily a concern for campers with allergies, but multiple stings at once are always dangerous. Check the trees and ground for nests. Never approach wild animals, and look out for spiders and snakes as you walk.

3. Bring a first aid kit. Minor cuts, scrapes, and other small injuries can be dealt with using a first aid kit. This prevents infection and keeps you from having to find a hospital for small cuts. Make sure your kit includes such items as band-aids, tweezers, sunscreen, and personal medications.

4. Bring a map. Although you may have a GPS tracker, technology does not always work in the wilderness. Always bring a map of the area, and carry it whenever you leave the campsite. When hiking, tell someone of your plans, and go with a friend if possible.

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