So you’re finally doing it. You’ve thought about it for months, weighed the pros and cons, and are finally backing it up and heading out. You’re all set for your first ever camping expedition. You’ve invested in the necessary gear and you’re leaving your nightlight at home.
But there’s still this small part of you that’s worried about protecting your belongings. How do you know if your things will be secure when you’re on a hike? How do you keep your valuables safe when away from your tent? Well, continue reading to learn 5 tips that will help you keep your things safe so you can relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
You may have some valuables that are important for your trip to the campsite but aren’t vital to your actual camping adventure. You’ll want to lock certain items in your vehicle such as your wallet, jewelry, or I.D.
Since there won’t be any use for these items at the campsite, it’s best to secure them in the glove box or a small portable safe that you can hide under the seat. Oh, and don’t forget to lock your car!
It’s always a good idea to keep all of your camping gear close by. Keeping your campsite organized allows you to know where everything is at all times. If you take a shower at the community bathhouse, bring your items with you into the shower. Drape your towel over the curtain so it’s within view.
Don’t turn your back on your belongings either. If you’re sitting by the fire, have your backpack right beside you. Carry your phone, maps, and compass on your person at all times. There is no reason to leave these lying around.
If you’re staying near a campsite with other campers, one of the first things you’ll want to do is introduce yourself. Unfortunately, there are some that only go camping to steal from other campers.
Getting to know your neighbors allows you to create a good rapport with them but it also helps you determine if they can be trusted. If things get off on the right foot, you and your neighbors can team up and support one another against other campsite thieves.
Hopefully, you and your camping companions did some research to decide which campsite is the best place to pitch your tent. It’s also a good idea to call the camping grounds and speak to a local sheriff or employee to learn about any suspicious activities in the area. They may be able to keep you informed on reported robberies or other areas of concern in regard to your safety.
Critters love when new campers arrive. Who wouldn’t salivate when a buffet is delivered straight to their backyard? Remember: don’t underestimate nature’s pets. They are much more conniving than you think.
Store all food in locked coolers or tubs and don’t leave anything within paws reach. It may be best to keep smaller snacks on you at all times since these can easily be misplaced.
Any food that you plan to use for larger meals should be kept in your vehicle and make sure you clean up properly after you eat. Although the food may be gone, the smell that lingers could attract some unwanted company.