Top Camping Dangers in Texas
Texas is a great state to live in, work in, and play in. Many people visit the Lone Star State to explore the diverse terrain, experience the various cultures, and get a look at the life of a cowboy(well for some anyway). So it’s no shock that hundreds of people flock to the state parks to camp out under the stars of the vast desert sky, some even go at it alone to truly take in the full experience of nature in the south. But, there are a few things you should be aware of when camping alone.
The number one danger of camping alone in Texas, or anywhere for that matter, is injury and or illness. When you have no one else to rely on, one wrong step can mean life or death. If you set out to explore the wilderness on your own you have to be careful of where you are going and be mindful of what types of terrain you will encounter. Setting out from your campsite can be dangerous, especially if it involves any type of rock climbing or hiking through a forested area where you could come across downed tree limbs or rocky trails. Illness can come on quickly if you eat the wrong type of plant life, or get stung by a bee or bit by a snake and don’t have the opportunity to seek help. One precaution you can take is to pack and carry a first aid kit wherever you go. Snakes are common in the south so keeping a snake bite kit on hand is also a good precaution to take. The quicker you can treat a wound the better chance you have of surviving until you can make contact or get to some place to seek proper medical attention.
Another danger of camping alone is not having communication. Many places you camp at can either have zero or very limited cell phone service, especially if you decide to go backpacking or offsite from your campsite. A couple things you can do if you lose cell phone reception or your phone dies, in preparation is notify your family and friends back home of your travel plans. Set a time to check in every few days or so, that way if they don’t hear from you they can attempt to make contact at the last place you were scheduled to stay. Also, you can notify a park ranger or park office manager if you decide to leave your campsite and give them a time frame of when to expect you back. This way someone will be aware if you do not return when expected. The more people who are involved, the better.
The other danger of camping alone is that you are ALONE. You have no help from anyone with carrying gear, setting up your campsites, navigating your way around, having anyone to talk to etc. This leaves more tasks on your hands, which can be stressful and exhausting. Make sure you get enough rest, take breaks when needed, and keep yourself hydrated.
Camping alone can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. Many people do it to find solitude and reconnect with themselves and connect with nature. If you plan to explore the great state of Texas on your own, hopefully these tips will provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for you.