Hygiene in the Bush

Hygiene and safety are important things to keep in mind while in the bush. There’s nothing worse than getting sick or hurting yourself in the bush – it can ruin your weekend and may even be life threatening.

To ensure your camping experience is trouble free, try and keep these things in mind:

1. Keep all perishable foods (such as meat and milk) in a container full of ice. Bacteria multiply rapidly at outdoor temperatures.
2. Cover food so that flies can’t contaminate it.
3. Take plenty of fresh water. Water is essential in the bush; it’s better to have too much rather than too little. It is necessary for drinking, cleaning and washing hands.
4. Take a shovel so that you can bury rubbish and toilet waste in a deep hole. This keeps the flies away and looks after the environment so others can enjoy the campsite too.
5. Take mosquito repellent containing DEET or picaridin. Mosquitoes are most active during the early part of the night.
6. When pitching a tent, make sure you build it well clear of the campfire.
7. And of course, try and keep your surrounding camp area clean.

So there you go – when you’re camping in the bush, be hygienic and sensible and everything will go your way!

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