Camping brings real pleasure while loading your mind and body with energy. It brings us close to nature but many people hesitate to grab this experience due to the chances of exposure to animals and bugs. As you have to sleep outdoor in the tends during camping hours; the chances of attack by spiders and mosquitoes are very common.
Well, it doesn’t mean that you should ignore the wonderful experiences of camping. Rather, it is better to look for the best ways to keep spiders out of your camping tent. The idea is to seal your tent carefully on the ground so that there is no space left to enter the spider inside.
Try to maintain cleanliness around the site so that your tent does not attract bugs on which spider prey. There are more risks of spider attacks if your tent is loaded with some food. If so, you can use some commercial spider repellents to keep them away.
Some people also prefer to use home-based repellents such as vinegar, pepper, and garlic, etc. You can keep these items around the perimeter of your tent to ensure the best result.
Here we have listed a few trusted tips and tricks to help you ensure perfect safety from spiders at your tent:
Tent must be in good condition:
Before you move out for camping, it is good to do a quick inspection of the tent to ensure that you will be in the safe cover. Check if there are some worn out spaces on any corner from where spiders can get in. Also, be careful to check rips and holes that may require some efforts for the patch. If your tent has a zipper, make sure that it gets closed completely. Also, the mesh windows on the tent should not have large holes.
Check your gear:
In case if your camping gear was in storage for a long time, especially in the attic, chances are that it may attract some spiders inside. It is good to do some detailed inspection for all elements after getting them out of the storage. With this, you will make sure that no spiders are carried with your gear to the campground.
Before you crawl into the sleeping bag in the night, it must be shacked well to ensure that something has not entered inside. In the morning, when you are ready to move out, shake your clothes and shoes well to prevent spider attacks.
Choose a safe campsite:
Another important thing you need to do is to choose your campsite very carefully. Prefer to do some pre-research about the site to know about the presence of bugs and insects. Get some ideas about the site from local residents. Ask at the campground office. Check for spider webs.
Spider avoidance plan:
- Plan: do proper planning considering all the weather conditions and the wild animals that can be found in the region. So that you can buy the preventive spray or some similar stuff. Keep extra clothes so that if required you can cover up at night.
- Know your surroundings: You can check out at the website or go through the books to know more about the national park you want to go to. There will be information regarding the insects that may harm you, and how to avoid them.
- Venomous or not: make sure to check out the information regarding any venomous creature like spiders or snakes that may trouble you at night. Most of the camping spiders do have venom but it is not fatal, it makes you itchy and swelling at times.
- Light: keep light low or best not to have light at night in the tent. The light will attract the bugs which in turn will attract the spiders. And you never know behind them some snakes may come in too.
- Dress well: try not to wear very bright colored clothes. Do not use any perfume in the woods. You may just irritate a fellow inhabitant of the wild, they may attack you.
- Be prepared: we are not saying that you have to fall sick in the woods, but take a few precautionary medicines with you. Keep extra sprays to avoid bugs and spiders. Mosquitoes are also a great problem in many parts of the country.
- Stay at a good site: if you are planning to stay close to a water body make sure to keep a safe distance. The water level generally raises at night and may flood your tent if you are too close to the lake. Also, ensure there are no crocodiles or anything that may crawl in at night to say hello. If needed then tie a place up high in the trees to stay safe.
- Water and food: keep plenty of food and water with you. All national parks are well connected with water sources, keep vessels to fill it up. Do not carry a very big vessel that makes it difficult to carry but look for something just right.
- Air-tight containers: keep food and water in airtight containers so that bugs do not eat and contaminate your food.
- Kids along: if you are going camping with kids it is going to be a different aspect altogether. You will have to go to a place which is safe for kids and there are not too many animals. Look for a destination that is close by and prefer a lake close by, so that you have ample water whenever required. Believe me, with kids you will need a lot of water.
- Weather: check for weather predictions and be prepared in advance. Even if it says no rain, still carry an umbrella, in the woods you never know when it may rain.
- Knife: keep a good quality camping knife with you as it can help you in more than one way. You can use it for cooking and all the other things as well. Cutting up ropes or woods and for tying up tents and making a campfire.