Tent camping is a great way to spend time in nature and enjoy the company of family members, friends or even alone.

Camping is a fun way to spend time in nature, but it can also be very risky. The lack of shelter and protection from the elements make tents an inviting target for rain damage or even destruction if they are not properly maintained over time.

This article will help you discover the safety of camping in tents is, and also suggestions to help ensure that your family and you stay as secure as you can on your next camping trip.

Can Tent Camping Be Safe Or Dangerous?

Some people may think that tent camping is relatively safe, but there are some real dangers involved. I mean you’re out in nature with wild animals and potentially hiking through rocky terrain at night while trying to sleep without any protection from the elements.

When you’re out for an adventure in the great outdoors, there are certain risks that come along with it. Camping related activities like hiking and swimming can be dangerous if not done properly precautions should always apply when engaging these types of trips.

Don’t let your tent camping experience be one that you’ll remember for the rest of life. Make sure to take proper precautions so this doesn’t happen.
As far as tents go, there were 503 people injured by their own over the course time frame between 2010 and 2015, which is not bad considering how many other potential risks are out here with thieves or even wild animals breaking into it.

Yes camping in tents has its risks. However, any outdoor activity has the possibility of dangers.

Tips for Safe Tent Camping

Use of a Tent Lock

The tent lock will be your best friend when you need to enjoy some peace and quiet time away from home. Tents are made with sturdy materials that can withstand even harsh weather conditions, but a determined intruder won’t care about the strength of their puted property rights! You may think twice before leaving themselves open at night by not having this simple protection device attached onto zippers on both inside corners near doors

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The tent locks will not stop a determined burglar, but they can usually keep out those opportunistic thieves looking for an easy score. Plus if somebody is trying to break in during the middle of night then you have enough time wake up and react with your loved ones nearby.

Pick a Safe Campsite

One of the most important tips to staying safe while tent camping is choosing a well vacancy site.

Having company while camping is a great way to stay safe. With people around at night, it will be harder for anyone who might try and attack you from getting close enough without being noticed.

Find a clear open space that is away from trees and bushes so you can more easily detect any potential threat approaching, whether it be an animal or human danger.

Check the Weather

The best way to ensure that your camping trip goes off without a hitch is by checking the weather forecast beforehand. unpredictable changes in temperature and conditions can happen quickly, so pack for anything from rain or snow all of way through just hot sun.

 Store Food Safely

If you’re at a campsite, pack your food in tight and sealable containers to keep it safe from unwanted visitors. Storing the cooler outside can also prevent smells attracting animals or other campers.

Store your food in a safe place, at least 100 feet away from where you’re camping. Make sure to wash dishes after use and don’t leave anything behind that could attract bears.

Have A Safe Campfire

Campfires are a wonderful method to cook, socialize with your family and friends and warm up at night during camping. However, they can also be dangerous when not properly handled.

There are several easy steps you can follow to relax by the campfire and not risk injuries or property damage:

  • The fire should always be watched, since any changes in the surrounding can lead to an out of control situation , even if you’ve left it for just five minutes.
  • Make sure your campfire is minimum 15 feet away from tents, trees and other trees.
  • Keep the fire to a minimum and place it in a location that it won’t spread, such as the fire pit.
  • Always keep a bucket full of water on hand and be sure to get the fire out completely prior to leaving or going to bed.

Camp in Numbers

When you camp with friends, the thieves might think twice because there’s more of a risk and reward factor involved. They often go after easy targets like homes where people store their belongings without thinking about what could happen if someone else is around or not home at night time while they’re sleeping.

Know your Neighbors

When you first meet your fellow campers, introduce yourself and spend some time getting to know them. You’ll be able feel what’s trustworthy about these new people in no time at all.

Campers tend to be loyal and protective of their peers. They could potentially alert you or offer help if a threat arises, making them an excellent resource in times where resources are scarce.

Make sure you have enough water for hydration 

Hiking and tent camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but it comes with risks. One of these? Dehydration! Make sure you have enough water for yourself as well as your fellow campers so they can stay hydrated too and don’t forget those expendable bottles at home.

If you don’t have enough water to travel with, check if there are rivers or streams near your destination. Make sure that the source of this natural resource meets all safety standards before drinking it.


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GRAYL Geopress Water Purifier

Bring Insect Repellent

Mosquitos and ticks as well as other insects are harmful and are a risk because they carry diseases like Zika as well as West Nile. To safeguard yourself from these pests, you can:

  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET as well as Picaridin. Repeat application frequently.
  • Wear clothes that cover your legs and arms whenever it is.
  • Check yourself (or let a person you trust examine yourself) for ticks at night.

It’s not something we like however, bugs are part of the normal experience while camping, which is why you must protect yourself properly.

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Wild Animals

Do your homework and learn which wild animals are likely to be around the area of your camper. Speak to the staff at the campground as well as you can contact the Park Ranger. Your greatest animal threat is usually bears.

To reduce the risk of animal attacks You should:

  • Make bear bags available or set up your tent in a location that is not near the area where the bears forage when you can.
  • Food items should be stored in airtight plastic bins to ensure that the scent isn’t discernible by wildlife.
  • Make sure your campsite is clean of all trash, wrappers, trash, crumbs on tables and floors.
  • Do not stay up eating food in the tent (or any other open space).

If you come across an animal, don’t take it in. Mother bears are extremely cautious of their young and are known to attack when they fear they are being threatened.

Use Tent P-Locks

If you are out camping, the last thing that should happen to your tent is for it and all of its belongings (including food) go missing. That’s why we recommend investing in a high quality metal steel shackle called “P Lock.”

If you want to keep your tent safe, use the P-locks! Simply place them through stake loops and screw into ground. This will prevent any unwanted movement of tents while also making sure they are super tough for opportunistic thieves who might be looking quick scores.

What’s the point of going into an outdoor adventure without your tent? You’ll be left with nothing if it gets cut open and robbed by thieves or an attacker. With P-Locks, however, this is less likely to happen because they keep people out rather than letting them inside.

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P-Locks Theft Deterrent Anchoring System and Ground Anchor

Bring Protection for self defense 

Camping is an amazing experience, but it can be dangerous too! Be sure to take along something for self-defense in case you run into trouble with animals or humans.

You can protect yourself by keeping a gun at your side and other things too. Some options include pepper spray, bear spay or stun guns.

Camping can be an exciting, but also challenging and sometimes even dangerous experience. Carrying a weapon for self defense is one of the best ways to protect yourself while out in nature.

Use Good Judgement of your surroundings 

A little common sense and a careful plan can help you stay safe when you go camping.

  • Learn about the potential hazards that could be present in your camping area prior to your trip so that you’re aware of what you can expect.
  • Always follow the cautions and suggestions from the camp staff at each campground you visit.
  • Be aware of the limitations of your body and mind.
  • Be sure to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones protected from injury during camping trips.

Camping trips can be a wonderful opportunity to bond with friends and family, however, like any outdoor activity are risky If you don’t take appropriate precautions. This list of suggestions will help ensure that the next time you are camping, everything goes according to plan and you are able to focus in having fun.

By Anthony Paton

Anthony Paton, the outdoorsman who loves to report all sorts of interesting stories about camping in Great Britain. He's based out London and doesn't get much time for himself these days because work commitments keep him away on occasion but does what he can with what little free time there is.