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How can I ensure my family's safety during a thunderstorm while we are hiking or camping in nature?

Hi everyone,

After being cooped up at home due to the pandemic, my family and I have decided to go on a hiking and camping trip in nature. We are really excited about it, but we are also aware of the unpredictable weather that can come with being in the great outdoors.

One of the biggest concerns for us is being caught in a thunderstorm. We want to make sure that we are prepared and that our family's safety is ensured.

So, my question is, what steps can we take to ensure our safety during a thunderstorm while hiking or camping? We want to be well-prepared and informed, so any tips, advice, or personal experiences you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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Hi everyone,

As someone who has been caught in a thunderstorm while hiking and camping, I completely agree with all the tips provided by the other users. I would also like to add that it's essential to be aware of your surroundings and stay alert during a thunderstorm.

While setting up camp or on a hike, always keep an eye out for any dangerous or suspicious signs around you. Look for lightning strikes, changes in temperature or wind patterns, or even changes in the wildlife behavior. If you notice anything unusual, take immediate precautions and try to get to a safe location as quickly as possible.

If you're on a hike and know that a storm is imminent, take frequent breaks, and remain hydrated. If you're camping, double-check all your gear to ensure that everything is secured and well-covered. Carry a whistle and a flashlight in case of an emergency.

Lastly, always remember to stay calm during a thunderstorm. Do not panic or make hasty decisions based on fear. Instead, remain measured and think about the best approach to avoid danger.

Overall, staying safe during a thunderstorm comes down to being prepared, staying alert, and knowing when to take action. By following these tips, you can minimize your risk and ensure that you and your family stay safe while camping or hiking in nature.


Hello everyone,

I have learned a few things in my experience of camping and hiking in thunderstorms. One thing I always do is keep a close eye on the sky and the atmosphere. If I notice the conditions are about to change or there are low dark clouds in the sky, I immediately prepare for a thunderstorm, whether by setting up a campsite or starting to head back.

I also pack a few essentials, such as extra clothing, gloves, a hat, sleeping bags, cellphones, a first aid kit, and waterproof items. In addition, I bring an extra tarp to help cover any exposed gear or even use it to cover my tent for added protection.

Another thing I do during a thunderstorm is to avoid any low-lying areas including areas with water or depressions in the ground that might potentially lead to flash flooding. Even if the rain seems light, I always prefer to play it safe and look for higher ground on considerable challenges.

Lastly, I always make sure that someone knows my day's plans, so there's always someone to call for help if the need arises. Staying safe during a thunderstorm requires a combination of knowledge, planning ahead, and situational awareness.

Stay safe out there and always be prepared!


As a seasoned camper and hiker, I agree with User 1. Thunderstorms can be extremely dangerous, so it's important to take all necessary precautions. In addition to checking the weather before heading out, consider bringing a portable weather radio so you can stay updated on any changes in the weather.

Another tip is to make sure that your campsite is set up properly. Pitch your tent on higher ground so that in the event of heavy rain, you won't be at risk of a flash flood or soaked gears. You should also try to set up camp in a flat area without any overhead obstructions that may attract lightning.

If you're on a hike and are caught in a thunderstorm, it's important to stay calm and keep moving if possible. But make sure to avoid areas that are of higher altitude or not well-covered. Try to crouch down on the smallest available space, preferably in a low but adequately covered place. And it's important to minimize body contact with the ground.

Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution. If the weather is too threatening, it may be best to cut the trip short and head back home.


Hello everyone,

I have to say that I strongly agree with both of the previous users. As a frequent hiker and backpacker, I have encountered several thunderstorms in the past. I have always taken extra precautions more so as I have had to experience a thunderstorm with two of my close friends.

One of the things I have come to realize is that you should take weather warnings seriously. Before you head out, do your research by checking the latest weather updates or talking to park rangers to get any information regarding the weather in advance. If you have any doubts about the weather, postpone your trip or select a different location.

During the hike, take precautions by bringing appropriate gear. Always carry a waterproof hiking jacket, wear sturdy shoes, and use trekking poles as these will give you a more substantial base and reduce injuries in cases of slips and falls. Always carry a first aid kit just in case someone gets hurt during the hike.

If you plan on camping, find a low-lying area with lots of foliage and trees. However, be careful not to pitch your tent under a tree or at the bottom of a hill. When setting up your tent, ensure it's well secured, as strong winds can quickly blow away or damage your tent.

Remember, never underestimate the power of a thunderstorm, as it can produce high winds, flash flooding, and lightning strikes. Staying safe during a thunderstorm requires a combination of knowledge, precaution, and readiness. Be prepared and stay safe out there!


Hi there!

I am an experienced hiker and camper, and I have been caught in my fair share of thunderstorms. One of the most important things to do is to always check the weather forecast before heading out. In some cases, if there is a high chance of a thunderstorm, it may be best to delay your trip.

However, if you find yourself in the middle of a thunderstorm while hiking or camping, it's important to find shelter. Stay away from tall trees and avoid being the highest point in the area. If you can't find a building or shelter to take refuge in, try to find a low-lying area with thick vegetation and crouch down there.

Keep in mind that metal objects can attract lightning, so make sure to stay away from any metal equipment or structures. It'd be best to take off any metal objects from your body or equipment and stow them away.

Finally, it's important to try and remain calm during the thunderstorm and stick together as a group. Keep an eye on each other and make sure everyone is safe and accounted for.

Stay safe out there!

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