With as much plant wildlife as there is in the woods or any other area in which you’re camping, it can be very difficult to keep track of what can be harmful and what’s safe. Unless you have a good amount of knowledge on plant life, it can be hard to distinguish between many species. There are, of course, measures you can take to prevent uncomfortable or even dangerous encounters with plants in the wild.
If you don’t recognize it, don’t touch it:
As you may have already noticed just from every day encounters with plants, a lot of them look alike –very alike. Don’t trust that just because a plant looks similar to one you are familiar, that it doesn’t present a threat.
Watch your step:
This isn’t to say you should be afraid of everything that’s green with roots, but you should be very aware of the plants around you. Watch where you are walking and avoid touching plants you don’t immediately recognize. It’s also wise to wash your hands whenever possible and make sure you do not touch your face. If you are doing hiking in the area, it’s also a good idea to wear pants for added protection.
Watch your pets:
If you are bringing your little companions on your trip into the wilderness, remember to keep a close eye on them as they can be very curious and could ingest something toxic. While the wild is a nice place for pets to roam free without the constraints of a leash and the dangers of passing cars, there are other types of dangers present. Be watchful of what they are sniffing and make sure to have a proper safety kit in case of an emergency.
Watch for the signs:
Many plants can be deceiving. Remember that like animals, plants also have defense mechanisms. Vivid colored berries and beautiful flowers can sometimes be a warning sign and it’s best not to take them lightly. Their attractiveness is not an invitation for a passerby.
Do your research:
It never hurts to familiarize yourself with the types of plants you will be encountering. The best thing you could do is research the campsite where you will be staying if you are camping. Get to know the plants that are native to that area and learn to identify them. Purchase a guide to identify plants and keep it on hand in case you need to learn more about it or you need to read up on treatmeant in case of an emergency.