Cutting wood, taking a hike or, simply taking a dip in the nearby glistening river, are some of the exciting experiences one can enjoy while camping. While many would argue that taking a trip to an exotic vacation destination and booking an expensive hotel suite is the best way to spend a holiday, the campers would vehemently disagree and the science of it would back them up.
1. Return To The Natural Circadian Rhythm
Humans are naturally set to follow the patterns of the day. We do the majority of our activities during the day and as soon as dusk sets, we sleep. This not only provides ample sleep time it reduces the stress levels. While in our normal lives, we get used to the artificial light, which distorts our sleeping patterns. Therefore, we stress our bodies as they try to adjust to the added light hours and increase our stress levels due to reduced sleep time. While camping out, a research on the campers showed that people have a better adjustment to natural sleeping cycles as compared to the people living in artificially illuminated rooms. The stress and anxiety levels were lower too in comparison (1).
Bottom Line: Camping allows one to resume their natural circadian rhythm, which helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and a host of other health problems.
2. Increased Production Of The ‘Happy Hormone’
While camping, body exercise is inevitable. One has to trek in search for wood and even the act of chopping up blocks of wood is taxing on the body. While in the open air, the body accesses better oxygen levels, which are uncontaminated unlike in the cities. This way the body naturally feels healthier in the natural setting as compared to the urban setting. The body due to a feeling of accomplishment or satisfaction produces the serotonin hormone (1). While camping one gets to enjoy the satisfaction of simple achievements like setting up the tent or lighting a fire. This feeling of competence boosts the serotonin levels and makes the camper a happier soul.
Bottom Line: Camping helps to increase the production of serotonin in the body.
3. More Exercises for Your Body
While camping, the activities that you will need to undertake are endless. While at home, many of us will have the mind to take a hike or a jog in the woods and never actually embark on it. Our daily schedules are to blame for the lack of time or tiredness. However, while in the woods camping, tree climbing or the swimming comes easier and ensures that we get the critical exercises that our bodies need (2). One can engage in outdoor activities as they wish since they do not have to abide by the daily routines.
Bottom Line: Camping ensures that you undertake more exercises than you would during your normal routine.
4. Reduce The Intake Of Unhealthy Foods
While camping, natural foods are preferable compared to junk foods. The healthier meals include oatmeal or fish among other nutritious foods. While at the camping grounds, you are most likely not going to be able to order your favorite junk food. In addition, these grounds are often far from the urban areas making it difficult to reach the nearest Drive Through restaurant. Both these factors will push campers to eat healthier food options compared to the greasy foods we have now become accustomed to. Camping allows the campers to try out more healthy recipes and learn to enjoy them (3).
Bottom Line: Camping promotes the intake of healthy foods while reducing an individual’s intake of unhealthy foods.
5. Improved Problem Solving Skills
Camping provides you with the opportunity to sharpen your problem-solving skills. Camping will often require you to find solutions to challenges you might not experience at home, such as the setting up of tents or looking for wood. In turn, the natural setting requires ingenuity to survive, examples of which include the unexpected occurrence of rain or loss of supplies while at the camping grounds. In such cases, ingenuity is essential for survival. Therefore, the cognitive skills of an individual are put to the test while camping and they may have to think outside the box if they are to survive. Well, that is for hardcore camping (4). For simple camping, it is necessary to put in place measures and create room for the unforeseen. Carry safety gear in your hiking backpack and find a safe place to camp.
Bottom Line: Camping provides individuals with the opportunity of improving their problem-solving skills.
6. Improved Life Skills
This is mostly for the young ones and the young adults. While camping the best way to get all things done is to delegate duties to everyone. This way, everyone has chores just like on daily routines. However, the skills required in accomplishing the duties at camp may come in handy in tight situations in life. Skills like tying a rope or making a fire are at times the difference between life and death (5). This way the young kids and young adults gain invaluable life skills that come in handy later in life.
Bottom Line: Camping is a great way of improving the life skills of children.
7. Improved Learning Capability
Observations show that children who engage in camping activities have better capabilities of understanding in class as compared to those who do not (5). This is because kids can easily relate what they learn at school to what they see at camp. The camping experience is also a great teaching tool as it exposes the children to new things in their environment. This way the understanding ability, as well as the imaginative power of a kid, expands.
Bottom Line: A child’s ability to learn and understand improves during camping expeditions.
8. Build Group Cohesion And Teamwork Skills
While camping the slogan ‘the more the merrier’ also applies. Camping is a great way to bring together a group of friends or colleagues for a team bonding activity. While camping, the many activities, which require team effort like setting up camp or scouting for wild game, allow for different individuals to bond. The fun activities associated with camping are endless and the team will have a lot of fun engaging together which eventually brings a sense of belonging to the team or group of friends (6).
Bottom Line: Camping helps promote group cohesion as well as improve teamwork.
9. Pull Away From The Cyberspace
The internet and all the technology is a source of stress for many individuals. According to research, many individuals who spend a lot of time on the internet or staring at computer screens suffer from stress and neurological issues. Another study shows that consistent internet use increases the individual’s depression and anxiety levels (7). While camping, the total or partial lack of connectivity renders technology useless for all but entertainment. This allows the individuals to focus more on their immediate environment. This way camper can engage with their environment and fellow campers. Spending more time unplugged from the cyberspace gives back more time to the individual with which they can choose to do activities that are more productive.
Bottom Line: Camping provides you with a much-needed break from the Internet and other forms of technology.
10. Find A Moment Of Inspiration
If you have lived long enough you might be aware that moments of complete awe and inspiration are rare and far in between. Being in awe of a feature or a particular moment is as rare as anything can be and many go a lifetime without ever experiencing that moment. Camping in the woods increases the chances of finding this very moment. Many campers will back the fact that they have seen or experienced inspiration while looking at a water feature like a waterfall or a certain grove and just fell in awe of nature. These awe-inspiring moments are a source of motivation and innovation in some people and it is thus not a surprise to find creative people going on camping trips (8).
Bottom Line: Camping can help you find your unique moments of inspiration, which leads to a more fulfilling life.
11. Increased Rate Of Burning Calories
Camping requires you to expend more energy to carry out activities than normal. Some activities like chopping wood and hiking will tax the body heavily. This way the body increases the rate at which it burns energy and the extra body fat to provide the energy required. The body also has access to fresh air and sunlight, which makes it more active. The increased rate of metabolism enables the camper to lead a healthier life (9).
Bottom Line: Camping can help improve an individual’s rate of burning calories.
12. Spend Time Outside
Observations show that after camping, individuals develop an affinity for outdoor activities. Many of the folks these days either spend their time in an office or at home. The life in an urban settings does not allow for the freedom the body requires to metabolize fully. Once an individual experiences camping firsthand, the freshness of the air and the natural freedom inspires them to want to have more of outdoor experiences (10). By camping one also escapes the stress developed by living in enclosed spaces or indoors, therefore, making the individual more active and happier.
Bottom Line: Camping helps individuals spend more time outdoors, which is essential for a happier, more fulfilled life.
13. Improved Social Interaction
In modern times, individuals often escape the anxiety of engaging on one on one interactions. In result, the social skills of many are taking a nosedive. Nowadays, many of the millennial have minimal or scanty skills of socialization since nearly all their attention goes to their devices. Camping forces the individuals to notice each other since it negates the buffer of technology (11). Engaging in camping expeditions enables the individuals to gain the necessary social skills required for the outside world. This is mostly invaluable for the younger generation in order to overcome the social related issues like low self-esteem and shyness.
Bottom Line: Camping is a good way of improving your social skills, as well as helping individuals to overcome shyness and low self-esteem.
14. New Challenges And Have New Experiences
Many vacationers would say that the true experience of a vacation is the wonder. If a vacation does not inspire wonder then it is mostly not worth the time. While camping, the natural world is always a source of new experiences and wonder. While walking a trail or taking a hike on a mountainside one has a guarantee of a new experience or a new challenge. With new experiences come awe and the chance to learn (12). Challenges while camping allows the individual to exercise their cognitive skills to overcome it and therefore improve their knowledge base.
Bottom Line: Camping is an ideal way to find new challenges and experiences.
15. Improved Respiration and Metabolism
While camping, the constant activity, and the fresh air give the body-improved metabolism. This way the body can break down food at an increased rate in order to provide the required energy. Camping also provides a myriad of activities in which the individual can partake. The improved oxygen intake also increases the rate of respiration in the body. Improved metabolism naturally improves the working of the various organs in the body (13).
Bottom Line: Camping is a great way to improve your metabolism and respiration.
16. Improve The Body Functions And Immunity
According to studies, outside spaces reduce the naturally occurring killer cells in the body. This way the redundant progress of the body as it ages reduces significantly by engaging in outdoor activities. While camping in the woods one gets to breathe the clean fresh air. However, what is more, is that one gets to breathe in Phylocode, which is a component released by plants naturally and improves the immunity of the body. This way one not only reduces the aging process one also improves their immunity (14).
Bottom Line: Camping exposes individuals to natural elements that help in slowing down the aging process as well as boosting their immunity.
17. Recovery From Burnout Effect
Daily activities are an endless repetition or overwork. The repetition sucks out the motivation and happiness and only leaves stoic reaction to the occurrences. The eventual effect is reduced productivity and increased levels of frustration. Camping not only provides a new setting but also new experiences. The effect of new experiences is a better appreciation of the simplicity and beauty of life. Camping helps the individual to shed off the effects of burnouts and improves their motivation in life activities (15).
Bottom Line: Camping can aid in reducing burnout in individuals
18. More Family Bonding Time
Most individuals lead very tight schedules, which do not allow them much time to afford for family time. Distractions at camp reduce significantly only leaving room for fun and simple chores. This relief from distractions allows times for investment to family time (16). The family can, therefore, engage in fun activities together or simply enjoy meals together.
Bottom Line: Research shows that camping significantly improves the bonds in a family.
19. Improved Intimacy In Couples
According to studies, the level of intimacy among couples improves up to 37% during and after camping together. The explanation is that camping in the woods provides the solitude and intimacy they require. Camps also provide close proximity to each other; therefore, the individuals can share more and bond better. Simply talking to one another at times, proves to be the only thing that heightens intimacy among couples. The couples who engage in camping, therefore, show better intimacy levels as compared with those who do not (17).
Bottom Line: Camping is an excellent way to improve intimacy between couples
20. Enjoy A Better Vacation
While camping, the only costs incurred include transport to and from the campsite, the food supplies, and the gear for camping. The food is half the cost since some are available from the natural environment. Unlike other vacation options, which require accommodation and flight tickets, camping is significantly less costly. The option of camping comes with a myriad of outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing, fishing and more. Camping is, therefore, a simple way to vacation at the low expense (17).
Bottom Line: Camping is a low cost but enjoyable form of vacation.
21. Improved Intake Of Minerals And Vitamins By The Body
Camping forces the individuals to exercise healthier nutrition and exposes them to sunlight. The natural berries and fruits also come in handy to improve the diet options for the campers. A hare or wild turkey would also serve to add some protein to the diet. Camping makes the body more active by more oxygen levels and increased physical activity. This improves the metabolism of the body and thus enhances its ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals. This, in turn, improves the immunity and health of the individual.
Bottom Line: The presence of sunlight and natural food and fruit helps improve our dietary habits, which leads to stronger immunities.
22. improved bone and teeth health
While camping, the sun is in abundance. Sunlight is not only useful for the gorgeous tan, but it also improves the absorption of phosphorus and calcium. Improved exposure to sunlight increases the production vitamin D, which in turn improves the phosphorus, and calcium absorption (19). The resultant is improved bone and teeth health. The exposure to sunlight in adults and youngsters greatly improves their bone health.
Bottom Line: Going on camping expeditions is important because it exposes individuals to more sunlight thereby improving their rate of mineral absorption, which leads to better teeth and bone health.
23. Enhances Self-Awareness
While engaging in daily activities, we are constantly barraged by distractions and activities, which reduce our self-awareness capabilities. Camping reduces the distractions around us, which allows the individual to carry out self-analysis. While camping, the individual can easily carry out all tasks and single out what they are most competent in doing. It also allows them to analyze their personal traits and character. This helps the individual to have a better definition of who they are and better understand their passions. While socializing with others in the calm environment, one can learn to be tolerant of the various types of personalities (20). A child at camp is less likely to suffer bullying because of their different ethnic backgrounds as compared to other social settings.
Bottom Line: Camping is an ideal activity to promote self-awareness and tolerance of others.
24. Improves Self-Confidence And Motivation
Life often offers challenges and at times, these reduce our self-confidence if we come up short. However, in the solitude of the woods, while camping, simple accomplishments work to nurse our self-confidence back to health. These simple accomplishments may include pitching a camping tent or starting the campfire (21). Seeming competent in small tasks improves the personal image of the individual and spurs them to accomplish more. The solitude of camping in the woods also reduces the number of critics, which is a major source of low self-esteem. Accomplishing these tasks boosts the campers’ esteem and improves their motivation to accomplish more activities successfully.
Bottom Line: Accomplishing seemingly small tasks while camping is a great confidence booster, and helps you to strive even higher.
25. Improved Independence
While raised in the cradle of parenthood the kid normally feels dependent and has little need to strike out on his or her own. Camping, however, will allow the kid to gain an independent streak. Studies show that after engaging in camping expeditions with friends or schoolmates, children start developing a sense of independence. This is because camping improves their cognitive skills and therefore they feel a sense of self-sufficiency away from the parents. This way, the young generation can easily gain independence by going for camping.
Bottom Line: Camping is a great way to promote self-independence amongst children.
26. Better Concentration And Focus
The cyberspace is the major source of distraction in modern times since most can hardly go a day without accessing the internet. The busy work schedules and daily routines reduce the focus and thus reduce individual productivity. Observation shows that fragmented focus on activities or multi-tasking not only reduces mental health it also reduces effectiveness. Camping, however, forces one to unplug and concentrate their focus on basic tasks like setting up tents or chopping firewood. This allows the individual to improve their focus on one singular task in order to perform it to perfection. This way one can improve their efficiency by focusing on accomplishing one task instead of trying to perform more tasks together (23).
Bottom Line: Camping is an excellent way of improving your concentration and focus.
27. Improved Memory
This benefit follows the increase in focus. While camping, the focus of the individual thins out to one particular task, which improves the ability to retain details pertaining to this task. The reduced amount of distractions by the cyberspace also helps in improving our memory. Instead of trying to store a lot of information that is mostly unrelated, one only stores important and relevant details. By focusing on the task and paying close attention, the camper can easily retain more details regarding the subject. The calmness of nature also ensures that the camper maintains their focus. Therefore, the individual improves their memory retention ability with the reduced distractions at camp (23).
Bottom Line: Camping can help improve memory as there are fewer distractions and the camper is able to remember more details regarding the specific tasks.
28. Improved Mental Clarity
Camping in the woods with only the sounds of nature and cracking of wood as the fire burns is a solitude only a camper can appreciate. Solitude from the daily distractions and hectic schedules improves the mental health and the mental clarity of the individual. For many individuals who depend on creativity and inspirations, solitude is at times, the only way to develop ideas. In the solitude of the woods, one can reflect and improve their moods (24). Studies also show that green surroundings are a source of mental healing and clarity. This way an individual can improve their physiological health by retreating to the solitude of nature.
Bottom Line: The camping experience provides the campers with much-needed solitude that helps improve mental clarity, as well as mental health. The solitude is also important to help people develop new, creative ideas.
29. Take A Breath Of Fresh Air
The air in the majority of the urban centers is severely polluted owing to the myriad of contaminants, many of which can cause serious illnesses. Retreating to a natural environment allows the body a catharsis from the effects of the contaminated air. Breathing the air in a green environment gives the individual a sense of calm and improves their mental health. The improved oxygen levels also help to improve the respiration rate of the body, which positively affects the immunity and physical health. While at camp after taking a long hike, simply take a deep breath and smell nature around you, it helps (25).
Bottom Line: camping gives people a chance to purge themselves of bad air, which helps to boost their immunity, mental, and physical health.
30. Inspire An Appreciation For Nature
Camping in the woods brings one in commune with the beauty of nature. Every camper knows the essence of nature and the beauty it inspires, that is the reason why one seeks more camping expeditions after the first one. While camping, the stark beauty of one’s’ surroundings becomes apparent due to lack of distractions. This way one can appreciate nature and aspire to protect and nurture it. It is a common phenomenon to find individuals new to camping finding the inspiration to protect nature after they have first experienced camping (26). This is because they understand the dependence of humans on nature; therefore, they seek to protect it.
Bottom Line: The camping experience can help inspire an honest appreciation of nature, and help in the fight to protect our natural resources.
31. Uplifted Moods
Studies show that one way to lift one’s’ moods and feel happy is to be active especially in the outdoors. The woods with their green surroundings give a sense of calm and solitude. Walking in the woods or taking a hike is one way to reduce the stress levels and take in more oxygen. This way, the open expanse of the forests enables the body to release endorphins, which are relaxing hormones. Simply taking a walk induces the release of endorphins (27). A camper in the woods has higher chances of releasing the stress relieving hormones while camping out and taking a walk in the foliage.
Bottom Line: Being in the outdoors and engaging in simple activities such as walking or hiking can help elevate your moods.
32. Better Emotional Control
When the body is uncomfortable and stressed out, the likelihood of suffering a meltdown rises considerably. The constricted spaces and tight schedules increase the possibility of the individual having a bad mood and thus lashing out at others. The discomfort caused by a stressed-out mind and little sleep heal easily by camping. While camping, the body can have as much sleep since its circadian clock resets to the natural rhythm. Another thing is that the change of scenery and fewer distractions reduce the chances of an emotional overload. This way one can choose what to do and have an easy time in accomplishing tasks (28). The eventuality is that one can better control the emotions since they have less stressing factors.
Bottom Line: Camping has been shown to be an effective tool in realizing better emotional control.
33. Reduce The Anxiety And Depression Issues
Outdoor activities are a confirmed way of healing stress inducing health conditions. In a study on PTSD patients, it showed that camping reduces the anxiety and depression levels in the individuals. The activities at camp removed the possibility of the individuals having hot flashes or anger management issues. The social functioning and physical well-being of the individual also improved while a camp. The sudden input from normal daily activities at times brings anxiety and hot flashes which can cause a sudden outburst of violence or withdrawal altogether. The serenity and quiet at camp provide PTSD patients with the required level of calm to work through their condition (28).
Bottom Line: Camping is ideal for PTSD sufferers as it helps them cope with the depression, anxiety, and anger issues that are associated with the condition.
34. Improves The Healing Process
A study on recovering young cancer patients showed that they have a better recovery while they attend camp as compared to having care at home. The fresh air and physical activity have a lot to do with this. Another reason is the lack of dependence of the support factors. While the child is ill, they have their family to care for them, which creates a sense of dependence in the child. This is also detrimental to the family since they seem to build their life around the well-being of the sick child (22). While at camp, the child learns self-dependence, which spurs them to work towards recovery. It also reduces their depression levels and therefore allows the body to produce endorphins and serotonin. These two improve the body’s general immunity.
Bottom Line: Camping is important in hastening the healing process owing to the fresh air and exercises. In addition, recovering patients learn self-dependence while camping, which can aid the recovery process.
35. Reflect And Meditate
With a distracting environment and little sleep, the mind simply does not have enough downtime to reflect on life. Meditation and reflection is a way of calming the body and return to a sense of clarity. While at camp, lighting a fire is a common phenomenon, be it for warmth or safety. However, the campfire also serves many other functions that often go unnoticed to most. One of them is calming the body and allowing the individual to reflect (29). It is common to sit beside a fire when seeking comfort and calm and so it follows that beside the campfire people find calmness. The calm distracts one from any stressing thoughts giving the mind some time to reflect on other things in life. This way one can appreciate other aspects life.
Bottom Line: Camping provides an opportunity for individuals to reflect, meditate, and calm themselves.
Tips for camping beginners
While camping for the first time, the whole experience may seem daunting at first. On the other hand, the overexcitement may lead to mistakes, which can spoil the whole experience altogether. Making appropriate preparation for the camping expedition determines whether one gets to have a good time. Below are some tips to help you prepare appropriately for a camping expedition.
1. Plan The Expedition Beforehand
The notion that you should let everything unfold on its own, or to let nature take its course while camping is misguided. A clear plan on what is the reason and what to do while at the camp is essential. This way one can work out the location, what they need for supplies and the appropriate gear to use while camping. Another thing is the activities to have at camp. Camping should first be a fun activity and a learning experience (30). This way the camping spirit awakens in the beginners. Proper planning of the fun activities also allows for proper packing of the fun gear required.
2. Use A Checklist While Packing
Having too much clutter or leaving important supplies behind is a total spoiler for the whole experience. It is advisable to use a checklist while packing for camp. In this way, one ensures they have every important article packed away. However, it is advisable to only include what is important (31).
3. Take The Minimalistic Approach
The whole reason for camping is eschewing the homely experience and surviving with only what nature provides. Carrying too much stuff will just be ignoring the point of camping and the bulkier the load the harder it is to move, especially in emergencies. It is therefore advisable to take the minimalistic approach while packing. Try less bulky options of gear or less fresh foods since they spoil faster. Instead, carry only what you are sure you will use (31). This approach creates the opportunity for adaptation to nature by scavenging for supplies. The beginner also learns to do things differently to save on resources and to find multiple uses of simple objects and tools.
4. Bring minimum technology gadgets and artificial lights
Fully withdrawing from the world involves leaving all gadgets like phones or laptops away. While some campsites do not offer cell phone reception, others are near human settlements and thus have reception. It is up to the camper to leave the gadgets at home or only bring the minimum amount of gadgets in case of an emergency. The whole point is socializing and enjoying nature more. When the buffer of technology exists, the distraction prevents this. For artificial lights, it becomes harder to reset one’s circadian rhythm with the presence of natural light (30). Instead, try using campfires, which are more calming. Around the campfire, one can easily share stories and bond over experiences since it is both calming and brings people closer.
5. Plan The Campsite Earlier
The purpose of camping should coincide with the campsite. Some would choose a campsite that has harsh environment or one that does not allow fun activities. Different campsites also provide various resources be it water, electricity, as well as access to local shops. This way one can restock on supplies while at camp or take advantage of the water to do some water sports. Planning on the location of the campsite allows for the planning of almost every aspect of the camping expedition. Activities like trailblazing or hiking are only available to certain areas with mountainous and forested areas (32). Knowing the opportune campsite also provides an opportunity to plan on the safety precautions required in good time.
6. Plan With The Weather Patterns In Mind
There is a need for planning with the weather in mind. The weather patterns can change suddenly, and keeping this in mind will help protect you from adverse weather conditions. Bad weather may lead to spoiling of some supplies, gear, or even prevent the camper from engaging in certain activities. Fun activities like canoeing or kayaking are inadvisable when it is raining. Planning that involves making allowances for different weather patterns, allows the camper to have safety precautions in place. The location for the campsite should offer weather convenience for the various activities (32). Pick a different campsite if the weather is unfavorable or simply wait out the bad weather.
7. Choose favorable gear for camping
When it comes to camping gear, one needs to be extra cautious. Invest in a good tent if you plan on camping for a long time or going on more than one camping expeditions (32). The right gear prevents one from wasting money on substandard issues, which do not provide the required performance. Invest in a good tent and sleeping gear as well as a pair of hiking boots. However, it is also advisable not to invest heavily on the gear section in case the full gear is unnecessary. For instance, if you are going to a camp near the beach then the hiking boots and heavy sleeping bags are unnecessary. Therefore, it is preferable to have the location and weather factors in mind before choosing the gear. The activities on site should also be a consideration when purchasing the gear.
8. Hygiene Considerations
While camping out in the woods certain considerations for hygiene need afore planning. You need to plan on how to dispose of waste to prevent environmental pollution. The point of camping out in the woods is getting close to nature and appreciating its beauty and essence. Therefore being the cause of pollution would go against the point of camping out. It is preferable to use biodegradable material when out on the campsite to reduce the hustle of disposal (30). Another way is to bring simple waste disposal bags in which to collect the waste. After camp, the camper can dispose of the waste in the appropriate place. Other hygiene options require the camper to make due with only carry toothpaste and a brush (optional). For bathing out in the woods, location the campsite near a river would remove the need for carrying water. In short, hygiene options need to be addressed but there is not much need to overdo it.
9. Cooking Options
When camping out in the woods, scarcity of food supplies can pose a constant problem if not well planned. While some campsites may put the camper near a human settlement from which they can purchase additional supplies, others offer total seclusion from civilization. Therefore, depending on the location of the campsite it is advisable to bring durable foods when planning to undertake long-haul camping. It is also advisable to bring ready to eat foods to keep up the energy levels if cooking is not an option (30). Otherwise, bringing easy to prepare dishes removes the need for too much junk food and makes for a good meal in the woods. The various recipes while camping provides you with simple yet delicious foods while at the camp.
10. Safety Precautions
Safety precautions should not go without mention while camping out in the woods. If you are camping for the first time, it is advisable to take full precautions while camping to reduce your exposure to dangers while out in the woods (32). Bring a mosquito repellent ointment and a flashlight. Also, ensure you have a handy first aid kit in case of injuries. It is also advisable to have at least one form of reliable communication with the outside world through which one can contact in case of an emergency. While camping in the woods, notifying the local authorities of the camping expedition and the location of the campsite allows for easy reach in the case of an emergency that may require immediate extractions or for raising the alarm.