It is another hot Alberta long weekend this weekend, and we know that many are headed out camping.

While it is always fun to hit the back roads and find the perfect camping spot, it is also important to camp safely.

We have compiled a list of tips and tricks to make sure you have the best camping weekend possible.

First up, when camping anywhere in the backcountry, make sure your camping area is bear safe. Keep food in a bear-proof container, or out of reach from any other predator animals.

Also, watch your campfires! Remember to soak, stir and then soak your fires again with water to prevent forest fires in the area.

If you are travelling with pets, keep an eye on them so they don’t wander off, or keep them on a leash!

It is supposed to be extremely hot this weekend throughout most of the province, so pack a hat and some sunscreen, and actually use it this weekend. Look for signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke in your loved ones. This could include high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.

There aren’t any thunderstorms in the forecast this weekend as of right now, but Weather Preparedness Meteorologist Natalie Hasel encourages people to have a plan when camping.

“Ideally, you will have access to some sturdy structure or something. Look for crops of trees to seek shelter. If you are going to a managed campground, ask them what their emergency plan is, so at least you know if they have something already set up.”

Setting up your tent first is probably a good idea before any camping shenanigans start. This way you will have a place for your head to hit the pillow when it gets dark.

Most importantly, have fun and make life long memories this weekend. Take lots of pictures and send them our way! We would love to see what you got up to this long weekend.