June is National Camping Month, making it a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors with your family in a safe and fun way. Camping is the perfect way to stay active, enjoy the sun, and make memories with your loved ones. Like many things in life, camping requires preparation and planning to ensure you have a great trip. Since you’ll be in the great outdoors and likely not near any stores or convenience shops, it’s important to make sure you have all the supplies you need for a great trip. Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant is passionate about helping you stay safe while camping so that you can enjoy your adventures to the fullest, so here are Greater Life Chiropractic’s top tips to celebrate National Camping Month.
Bring Plenty of Water
When you’re camping, you should plan to drink more water than you do on a regular day. Since you’ll be outdoors and possibly hiking or being more active than normal, you will likely be thirstier and will make sure everyone stays well hydrated. Water is not something you want to run out of, so don’t be afraid to overpack water. You can also bring water purifying devices if you want to minimize what you’re bringing.
Have a First Aid Kit
Cuts and scrapes are commonplace in the outdoors, and it’s important to keep things as clean as possible when you’re dealing with an injury while camping. Make sure you get your chiropractic adjustment before going camping so that you can stay comfortable and healthy while you’re camping, and make sure your first aid kit is fully stocked and prepared for anything.
Be Prepared to Build a Fire
Even in the hot summer months, it’s important to have a fire while camping to keep away bugs and animals and to stay warm during the cooler nights. Know how to build a fire, and bring along whatever supplies you need to get a fire started and keep it going. Things like tinder, kindling, and waterproof matches will be extremely helpful. Additionally, if it’s been raining, consider stopping to pick up a bundle of firewood since dry wood may be hard to come by at the campsite.
Pack Food Properly
Not only do you need to make sure you have enough food for your entire trip, but you also need to make sure it’s stored properly. Perishable goods should be stored in coolers with ice, and the ice should be replenished during your camping trip. It’s important to keep things like meat and cheese at the proper temperatures to make sure no one gets sick. Nonperishable goods should be stored securely so that no animals or bugs can get into them.
Protect Yourself from the Elements
Just like you get your chiropractic adjustments to ensure you’re proactive in your health, it’s important to be proactive in protecting yourself and your family from the elements you may face while camping. Sun, rain, bugs, and more can all dampen a camping trip if you’re not prepared to deal with them, so be sure to pack toxin-free sunscreen, raincoats and umbrellas, and non-toxic, all-natural bug repellent.
After a long camping trip of hiking through the wilderness, sleeping on the ground in tents, and cooking over a campfire, be sure to visit Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor to get your adjustment and get your spine back in shape.