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Top 10 Camping Tips


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Avoid Bugs, Bears and Poisonous Plants
Exercise caution around dense foliage, and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
Exercise caution around dense foliage, and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
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This set of camping tips concerns bugs, bears and poisonous plants. When pitching your tent or setting up another type of shelter, be on the lookout for wasp nests and other insects and bugs. If you're hanging out near vegetation, it's a good idea to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. It won't hurt to apply insect repellent either. Check yourself frequently for ticks as well.

You probably know to avoid poison ivy and how to spot its three-leafed clusters. Poison oak and poison sumac -- which tend to have more than the three telltale leaves per bunch -- are also ones to watch out for. Wearing clothing that covers you from head to toe when you're near plants, bushes and trees will help reduce your chances of getting a rash. It's a good idea to have calamine lotion and an antihistamine or allergy medicine on hand in case you come across an irritant.

As we learned earlier, proper storage and disposal of food helps keeps bears from crashing your wilderness party. Secure food items high above the ground, such as on a rope or very tall tree branch. Be sure to read HowStuffWorks' How to Survive a Grizzly Bear Attack to learn all about grizzlies and black bears and how to avoid a run-in with either of them.