Camping is a fun outdoor activity that lets you enjoy the beauty of nature as you practice your survival skills. But good preppers never let their guards down while they’re spending time with their family and friends outdoors. (h/t to PrepperBits.com)
Camping can sometimes put you in unfamiliar environments and expose you to different kinds of danger. To enjoy camping and ease your worries, remember these five important aspects of camping self-defense.
Planning is essential, even if you’re staying at a local campground or backpacking in a new location. During this stage, you need to study the area and obtain the following information:
Before you go camping, learn general self-defense training and how to use the camping environment to your advantage when SHTF.
Test your gear at home. Don’t wait until you’re in the woods to see if your firestarter or camp stove is working. Practice how to set up your tent, especially if you’re a beginner. Once you get the hang of it, it’ll be easier when you need to set it up outdoors and under harsh conditions.
When you arrive at the campsite, gather large sticks and branches. Use these as campfire tools, tent stakes, and handheld self-defense weapons. You can also grab dirt, gravel, or rocks from the ground to throw at potential attackers. During the day, take note of where these objects are placed so you can grab them quickly when night falls.
Below are multipurpose items that you can use for camping and self-defense:
When setting up your campsite, use natural barriers to your advantage. For example, pitch your tents next to the side of a mountain so you have a natural barrier on the rear end of your camp. Doing this means no one can sneak up behind your tent. It also eliminates an entry point perimeter.
When camping with a group, make the tents face one another so each one is accessible. If you drove to the campground, keep your keys on your person at all times. Whenever possible, park your car close you can seek shelter if SHTF. (Related: 5 Common dangers to avoid in the wilderness.)
Take the time to chat with other campers and campsite staff. Ask them how they’re doing and if there are things you should look out for, like rowdy campers or suspicious events at night.
Camping is a great way to relax and practice your survival skills, as long as you take the necessary precautions.