Tips for Safe and Comfortable Jungle Camping

Camping in jungles can certainly be a wild, adventurous experience, but it is important to keep yourself dry, safe and in good spirit in the environment of active microorganisms, reptiles, insects and precipitation.

Jungle Camping

Setting up the camp

You can set up a tent in most biosphere reserves, national parks, and protected areas where it is generally safe. It is advisable not to camp near rivers or streams; as they are prone to floods after heavy rain. It may be raining in another far away valley, unknown to you, from your camping site. A common mishap during camping in jungle, which usually causes death of the campers, is the torrential rain.

You should try to set your tent at least 25 ft above the water level, if possible. Camping along beaches or streams near or in an urban area may seem to be exciting, but it can be a dangerous plan. Setting up camp near urban areas will make you a vulnerable and easy target for criminals. You can easily find affordable accommodations nearby, which are safer. If possible, try to find out the owner of land before deciding to set up a camp and ask for their permission.

Keeping safe from creepy crawlers

Many poisonous snakes could be found on jungle floors and trees. You should follow the general camping rule in places where there is no clearing for a set-up; you should clear the area with a machete. Use a hiking stick to probe the areas under dense growth for poisonous reptiles before cutting them. The best thing to do is raising a platform, off the floor of jungle, as most of the poisonous snakes are small in size. If you cannot build a platform, then check for any ant trails on the floor. Avoid camping near ant trails.

Drink less fluids at night, to avoid getting out of your tent to urinate at night. You have good chances of getting bitten by mosquitoes and get infected with malaria. There could be snakes crawling in the dark. So it’s better not to walk around the jungle at night. If you must, then you should get “snake chaps” for it. You should watch every footstep of yours while walking in the jungle. When you stop, it is better to take a glance at the trees. Beware when you are walking over logs, obstructing your trail, there could be snakes hiding in them.

Food storage

The best way of safeguarding your food from insects and rodents is to keep it in sealed containers. You should be careful how to store or dispose your food, as it can attract many jungle animals. Keep your food items sealed shut, outside your tent, by hanging from tree branches, inside a net. You should also store all your cleaned vessels in the food net, hanging from tree limb. Drink only filtered and purified water in jungle to avoid getting sick.