President's Prescription: Tips for camping

President's Prescription: Tips for camping

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - No matter what time of year camping is a great way to see nature and spend time together outdoors.

But there are some health and safety issues to consider. This is the President's Prescription.

In a time when plenty of time is spent in front of one screen or another, it's important to take time to get outside, and camping is a great way to do that. Fresh air, exercise and time to connect with friends and family can be very healthy for you. Here are a few tips to follow to keep safe and healthy while camping.

Be sure to protect yourself from bugs. Use mosquito repellent to protect for bites and mosquito-borne illness. Also, check yourself and others at the end of the day for ticks, which can also carry serious diseases. And, if you'll be in the sun, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen as well.

Be prepared with a well-stocked first aid kit and plenty of healthy food and water. It's easy to get dehydrated in the warmer months, and make sure you and your kids drink an abundant amount of water. Pack snacks that will keep like fruit, trail mix, granola bars and keep food to be prepared for meals in an ice cooler.

Practice safety with the campfire. Keep a bucket of water on hand to put the fire out at the end of the night or quickly extinguish a fire that begins to grow unintentionally.

Finally, keep an eye out for dangerous plants like poison oak and ivy. Study pictures of poisonous plants native to the area you'll be visiting with your kids so that the whole family can spot them. For maintaining good health, I'm Dr. Tedd Mitchell.

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