Camping Safety

Camping Safety
A camping trip should be an adventure, chock full of excitement, but the right kind of excitement. No accidents. No burns. No poison ivy. KOA wishes you a safe trip, and the best way to stay safe is to be smart about preventing injuries and be prepared for common accidents that may occur.

NOAA’s National Weather Service Tips

Provided by NOAA’s National Weather Service

Weather conditions can change rapidly when traveling and camping. Learn more about severe and emergency weather situations by clicking on any of the links below. Find out how you can prepare yourself for these situations if you encounter them.

Flash Floods
Landslides & Mudslides
Rip Currents
Severe Thunderstorms

Emergency Information Sheet

Print this emergency contact sheet and fill out information for each person. Keep these numbers close at hand in your Trip Book or glove compartment.

Fire Safety

As Smokey the Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires!” Learn why the number of wildfires is on the rise and what you can do to prevent them from happening.

First Aid Instruction Sheets

Be prepared for the most common injuries with these easy-to-follow first aid instructions. Also, learn sensible strategies for preventing injuries in the first place. Store these instruction sheets in your Trip Book or first aid kit for easy access in case of an emergency.

Allergic Reactions
Knocked-Out Tooth
Animal Bites
Broken Bones
Poison Oak/Sumac
Poison Ivy
Spider Bites
Strains and Sprains
Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke
Insect Stings
Tick Bite

Home Safety While You’re Away

A list of simple suggestions to make your home look lived-in while you’re gone.

Motorcycle Safety

Travel safer in groups

Poisonous Plants

Leaves of three, let them be! Learn to identify poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. This fact sheet also provides tips for preventing rashes.

CORTAID® provides information on poisonous plant treatment – click here for information.

RV and Car Safety

A collection of KOA articles on safety while traveling by RV or car.

Sun Safety

One of the best things about camping is enjoying the outdoors and having fun in the sun for days on end. Learn the basic facts about sun exposure and how to protect yourselves from sunburn. For the skeptical teen, provides an interesting history of tanning in popular culture and offers tips for getting that golden glow without damaging your skin.

Water Safety

Common Sense Counts.