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Camp Carefully for a Safe Experience

By Brandi Swieter 

People tend to camp more during the summer months when it’s nice outside. They spend time camping, canoeing, swimming, biking, and more. Though these activities bring a lot of joy, they can also bring pain if people aren't careful. Campers need to handle things as carefully as possible for a safe experience on their outdoor trip away from home.

Stay Hydrated

Skip the soda pop and stay hydrated while on a camping trip by drinking water. With all of the activities that get completed when camping, it’s important for people to have their muscles and bodies properly hydrated and ready to tackle the tasks scheduled. Soda, tea, coffee, and other beverages will not do what is necessary to keep the body functioning well. Water is the only drink that should be consumed while camping.

Sleep on a Mattress

Sleeping with a sleeping bag on the tent floor is not ideal for anyone, much less any older adults. Those with back pain already will especially have a hard time with this. Instead, campers should be sure to sleep on an air mattress or some sort of pad to remain comfortable and pain-free. It’s often easier to get up and about when the body is well rested and not feeling sore from poor sleep.

Bring Hand Sanitizer

Being out in the wilderness may not always be the most sanitary. People can get sick if they aren’t careful, washing their hands as they should or touching dirt and grime left behind by others. Bringing along hand sanitizer is one of the best options for campers because it ensures they have a way to kill off bacteria on their hands and avoid illness.

Wear Supportive Shoes

Much of camping consists of walking and hiking. Campers often head from one activity to the next, walk trails, and hike up hills. Sandals should never be worn during these times. Supportive shoes that add comfort work the best. They keep the legs and back free from pain.

Camp carefully for a safe experience. Whether you’re at a campground or out in the mountains, a camping trip can be great for health as long as the right precautions are taken. Those who still leave feeling sore or sick can stop in at The Joint Chiropractic to remove joint restrictions and feel better overall.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Henderson, Nev.

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