How to Avoid Critters While Camping

Whether you're trekking through the woods or hanging out at your campsite, there are critters all around you on a camping trip. They're not likely to come around if you're making noise, but they're drawn to your campsite for a variety of reasons.

If you don't want to invite any wild animals to come relax at the campsite, or take them on your hike, here five tips to help you avoid critters.

Never Feed Them

Not only do you want to avoid interacting with most critters, but you most certainly don't want to feed them. Feeding wild animals means you could be getting too close; this can make them feel threatened, leading to a dangerous attack.

Feeding the animals is also bad for everyone in your group and campers in the future—the more comfortable they get around humans the more likely they are to come back to your site or others at another time.

Make a Little Noise

Most animals come sneaking around at night because it's silent. So, whether you're sitting around the campsite or walking through the woods, making noise will help to avoid critters wherever you are.

While you're likely making noise around the campsite, consider playing music, as well. When hiking, you can make noise by stomping, singing or talking.

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About the Author

Jessica Sanders

Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she's exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She's a s'mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors. Follow her on Google+

Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she's exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She's a s'mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors. Follow her on Google+

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