Ways to Keep yourself Safe during Hiking and Camping in Switzerland

While hiking and camping in Switzerland are fun activities, it is essential to keep yourself safe by ensuring safety tips. It is a great way to connect with nature and dodge the hustling life of a city. By being extra attentive and proactive, you can help protect the great outdoors for its inhabitants and future visitors. Relishing the beauty of nature can be fun, but following the proper safety and precaution tips. 

  1. Pick the Right Shelter and Site:- To have the best type of shelter and campground site, consider your age, physical barriers, and medical requirements, as well as those of everyone else with you. Various facilities are available if you are residing in a tent than a cabin or RV. It is crucial to plan accordingly as to what gear you will require based on your site selection. For instance, camping in a cabin offers you a bed. While staying in a tent will require you to bring an air mattress, sleeping bag, or other accommodations.
  2.  Stay Updated with Weather:- While going camping and hiking, it is crucial to keep a check on the weather forecast. Weather can be changed within hours. It implies that you need to pack for inclement weather such as rain, snow, high heat, and humidity. Plan your trip one month in advance to be proactive.
  3. Pack and Store Food Safely:- Leaving food out on picnic tables or anywhere not secured can raise your possibilities of attracting wildlife. To limit unwanted encounters with an animal, pack your food in tight, waterproof containers and store them in an insulated cooler. To dodge food-borne illnesses, clean your hands and separate raw food from cooked meals. Many people get sick from contaminated food every year. So make sure you are following proper food safety practices. In addition to that, pack an ample amount of canned food not to fall short of food.
  4. Follow Campsite Safety:- Fires within your campground site should be at least 15 feet from tent walls, shrubs, and trees. It is crucial to keep your fire small and contained in a selected area like a fire pit. You should also never leave a fire abandoned. Always keep a water bucket nearby. Moreover, put the fire out before leaving or going to sleep, making sure to drown all the embers, not just the red ones.
  5. Carry Insect Repellent:- Mosquitoes and insects will be there during your camping and hiking. To guard yourself against mosquitoes and other insects, always carry an insect repellent with you. Apply insect repellent that doesn’t fade quickly in water. Ensure that you check for ticks daily, notably in unsuspecting areas of your body. It is also suggested to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when hiking to dodge direct contact with insects. After a hike or any outdoor activity, put your garments in the dryer for at least ten min on high heat to kill any ticks that may have entered your home on your clothing.
  6. Protect yourself from Sun:- Guard your eyes and skin against the intense ultraviolet rays of the Sun. Wear sunscreen, lip screen, and sunglasses. You can get a sunburn in a brief period, even on cloudy days.
  7. Be Aware of Allergies:- During your hiking and camping, there are high chances of encountering allergies. Packing antiseptic or other medications for your known allergies is a brilliant way to prepare for any unexpected encounters. You should also have a first aid kit handy and watch for dizziness, strived breathing, and swelling around bites where plants or insects may have been in connection with your skin.
  8. Stay Hydrated:- Staying hydrated doesn’t mean drinking when you are parched. It means drinking water frequently throughout the day, even if you don’t think you are thirsty. Your emergency kit should contain at least a 3- to 5-day supply of bottled water. If you feel parched, possibilities are you are already dehydrated. However, in Switzerland, you can drink water directly from the fountains. Fountains are installed after a distance of 1km.
  9. Avoid Wild Animal:- To help keep wild animals away, store all food in sealed containers and out of the reach of animals. Evade touching, feeding, and getting near wild animals. Watch wild animals from a safe distance in their natural surroundings.
  10. Dodge Water-related Illness and Injuries:- While out hiking, there are chances of having water-related illnesses and injuries. So, never swim alone, take a shower before and after swimming, and always use a life jacket if you are out to ride in a boat, canoe, or other water vehicles.
  11. Look out for Poison Ivy and Oak:- Dodge coming in contact with any unknown plants. Any portion of your body that gets in touch with a poisonous plant should be cleaned immediately with cool water to eliminate the oil that provokes the allergic reaction. Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream may help to prevent the itching with poison ivy.
  12. Protect Against Carbon monoxide Poisoning:- Never use fuel-burning devices like gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills inside a tent, camper, or any other enclosed tent. It can trigger dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to build up. Avoid such types of situations to dodge severe injuries.
  13. Carry all the Essentials:- It doesn’t matter, if you are going alone or in a group, always pack the essentials. It seems like a no-brainer, but you are used to splitting up the gear with a partner. So, it is easy to forget a lighter or an extra layer of clothing. Here are the essentials you should pack.
  • A headlamp
  • Extra canned food
  • A lighter or a fire starting kit
  • Iodine or chlorine tablets to filter water
  • Tent or other shelters
  • A first-aid kit
  • Extra warm layers of clothing
  • Navigation tools like GPS or a paper map with a compass
  • Sun protection like hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • A handy knif

14.Have Fun and Stay Alert:- Camping is a great experience, but it is also crucial to pay heed to your body, what it requires and how it responds to the environment. Keep your puns about you, get lots of sleep and restrict your alcohol intake. Relish your time outdoors and have enjoyment with your fellow campers.

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