What are the Dangers of Camping?

Sometimes a camping spot that looks suitable may actually not be. The following guide will help you to see the dangers of camping before they arise.

The Sun

  • The sun can be your friend or your worst enemy. Make sure that you always wear a high factor sun block when outside as heat exhaustion will render you listless and feeling nauseous and sun stroke may require a hospital visit.
  • Sun burn can happen very quickly depending on the altitude you are at. Try to keep as much of your body covered as possible and wear a wide brim hat.
  • Try not to travel at midday as this is the hottest part of the day. Seek shelter and have some lunch or a drink.
sun camping

Physical Exhaustion

  • This can be a problem especially when you are not used to arduous exercise. Make sure that you are fit enough to complete your journey before you leave. If you feel yourself tiring, slow down. Your body can recuperate whilst you walk this way and although it may feel odd traveling so slowly at least you will arrive at your destination.


  • Most people that you meet will be friendly and trustworthy but sometimes it is wise to exercise caution. If you see people acting strangely around your campsite, make sure you report them. Alternatively if someone is offering you something that is too good to be true, it probably is.

In and Around the Tent

  • Avoid using aerosols in the tent as they will deplete the waterproof covering. Also they are highly flammable so don’t use them near naked flame either
  • Gas stoves are very useful but their fuel must be treated with respect. Be very careful when storing, using and disposing of the fuel.


  • Always check the weather report for the next few days before you depart. Check the met office website or other relevant sources. Make sure you are fully prepared for your trip, take items suited to dealing with any weather event you may experience. Have a look at our checklists for something you may have forgotten.
weather camping


  • Always make sure you have enough water before setting out. If you are thirsty you may already be dehydtrated. Make sure you monitor the amount you are drinking and remember the warmer it is the quicker you will become dehydrated.
  • Some of the effects of dehydration are loss of concentration and exhaustion, both things you cannot afford to be experiencing whilst away.