There is no greater way to ruin a camping trip than by being unprepared in the event of an emergency. Without a real way to recover from what is happening around you, you’re at a loss. You begin mourning the experience you never got to have because an accident, illness, problematic weather condition or other anomality got in the way of you having fun. Still, if you leave your home unprepared for an emergency, chaos ensues so it’s best to keep it mind that things could change in an instance and prepare accordingly.

Here are some of the things you can do to prepare for a camping emergency:

Invest in an excellent first aid kit.

Keep it stocked with medical supplies, a sewing kit, handwarmers, flares, and CPR kit. If someone in your party gets injured, you’ll be able to treat a minor wound and stop their bleeding before things get worse.

Carry spare batteries for an emergency radio and flashlights.

Keep them in a waterproof container. In the event that you need to replenish your emergency camping gear, you’ll have the right amount of battery power to do so.

Make sure to have enough water and food for every person in your group.

In the event that you cannot leave the campgrounds for days, you’ll want to make sure that everyone has adequate hydration and nutrition. Pack extra water and food for every member of your family, including pets, if they’re camping with you.

Keep a full tank of gas at all times.

If you’re forced to evacuate the campgrounds, you may not be able to stop for fuel. Even if you can, the line may be too outrageous to buy it. The best way to avoid that problem is to make sure to fill up before you arrive at the campgrounds.

Emergencies happen. It’s best to be prepared in the event that things don’t go as planned. At Saco River Camping Area, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. That way, you’re not forced into an uncomfortable situation without warning. You’ll have taken the precautionary measures necessary to protect yourself, your family, and your property from harm.