People should be mindful of their shoes, especially when hiking is involved.

Now that spring is in full force, families can take advantage of the longer days by spending as much time outside as possible. While there are many activities these groups can do together, one of the most popular is camping. According to the 2017 North American Camping Reports, compared to 2016 data, 13 million U.S. more households plan to camp in 2017.As people start planning these outings, it’s important to think about doing so safely.

Follow these tip to ensure a camping trip that is fun but free from harm.

Monitor bug bites
In the wilderness, there are many different insects that can cause bites of various shapes and sizes. From mosquitos to ticks and beyond, families have to be prepared by bringing and using bug repellent containing DEET to exposed skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants is also a good idea as is covering any especially bad bites with bandages.

Mind your feet
In thinking about protection, it’s common for families to focus on sun safety. Yet, people may not consider other elements while they’re camping. For example, it’s crucial to pay attention to the shoes people will be wearing – especially if hikes or rough terrain are involved, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Hiking boots are a smart choice, but families should also be mindful to stay on developed trails or paths.

Keep a first-aid kit handy
While injuries aren’t expected while camping, it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s always a good idea to have a first-aid kit on hand to take care of injuries ranging from small scrapes and cuts to larger gashes and wound infections, according to the National Traffic Safety Institute.

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