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Preparing Yourself For Nature And The Outdoors

Perhaps a romantic getaway for you includes a bonfire, bug spray and some hiking.  There’s nothing wrong with that and what better way to pamper yourself after a night in the woods than at the Bernerhof Inn!

Camping outside in the woods or forest with your family, friends, and loved ones can be a very enjoyable experience. Whether sitting around the campfire and telling stories or bird watching and exploring nature, being outdoors can leave you with unforgettable memories. Now what memories you will leave with depends on how well you are prepared. If a camper is not knowledgeable about his surroundings, nature can give some pretty nasty surprises. Below are some advice and tips that will help you avoid certain situations that can damper your trip.

Bugs go away!!

Bugs are always a very annoying problem for a lot of campers. These critters keep flying around your food, and buzzing in your ears. Also let’s not forget about more serious problems from some insects, like mosquitoes, which love to bite and give you itchy bumps. Then there are lice and ticks which can pass on diseases. We are entering black fly season here in New Hampshire so we need to be prepared for them as well.  Here are some tips to help keep the bugs away.

1. Try not to use fragrant lotions or products. Sweet smells attract insects.
2. Try to stay cool. Bugs are attracted to sweat.
3. Bring bug repellant/ Sunscreen.
4. Avoid eating bananas as this fruit secretes an odor through your pours which attracts mosquitoes.
5. Use coconut oil as this repels mosquitoes

Beware of Ticks

Ticks can be a problem due to the fact they can spread diseases. Ways to prevent yourself from exposure to ticks is to avoid grassy areas, wear a hat, and do not wear shorts when you are on a trail. You should check for ticks and if detected remove it as early as possible. If you find a tick attached to your skin, use tweezers close to your skin as possible and pull off the tick, but do not squeeze its body. You should have the doctor check the bite as soon as possible. Ticks can spread diseases such as Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis to humans, which is fatal if not treated.

General Advice

1. Bring and keep a picture of the travelers with you, in case anyone gets lost.  It’s also important to bring ID for yourself and your family.
2. When hiking remember to bring some water, food, a flashlight, and bandages.
3. Never hike by yourself.
4. 80% of your body heat is lost through your head, so to keep warm, wear a hat.
5. In New England, the weather can turn quickly, so be sure to bring the appropriate layers of clothing for a cold night or precipitation.

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