Camping is something many people enjoy. It is a great time in nature for any combination of people or even alone. As thrilling as camping is, it’s important you know something about it before embarking on a trip. Examine these following tips so you can make the best of your trip.
- Attempt a “jungle breakfast” with the younger members of your camping party. Tie juice boxes, tiny boxes of cereal and fruit to trees in the woods. When the children awake, tell them that they have to “hunt” to get breakfast. It’s a great way to add a little magic to the camping experience.
2. Keep a kerchief or bandanna close at hand. It can be used as a hand towel, potholder or even a gag in a pinch. You can use them to pick up hot pans, or to clean up a tiny spill; therefore, you should always have one with you.
3. Take along a current picture of any kids you have camping with you. In the case that a child goes missing, having their photo at hand could be of great use. When camping far away from your house, remember to bring one in case of an emergency.
4. It is a common gesture of consideration to leave firewood at your campsite for future campers who use the site. This can help them to cook their food, and is a wonderful gesture. Again, there is no requirement to do so; it is simply a nice way to say “Welcome” to the next campers who enjoy your site.
5. First aid classes are important to take when you are planning a camping trip with friends or family. If something unexpected comes up, you will be ready to handle it. Additional research can also provide valuable information. Are there any poisonous snakes, plants or any other things you should know before you head out?
6. Novice campers often set up their tent near bathrooms, but this is an error. While this might be convenient, you’ll soon find out differently. Bathrooms attract many people and also end up lit up at night. Therefore, campers who set up nearby may not find their site as convenient or comfortable as they had hoped.
7. If you’re ready to head to the wilderness to camp but haven’t ventured outside of your home in the past, it’s easy to test your readiness. Pitch your tent in your yard and sleep in it for the night. Under no circumstances should you enter your house, no matter what you might be wanting. If you enjoy your experience, you might have fun camping!
8. Take along a lot of drinks, water and food when you decide to go on a camping trip. If there are bears in your area, store your supplies far away from your sleeping zone. Dispose of any food scraps by burning them, so that their smell does not lure bears towards your campsite.
9. Have you just bought your first tent as a rookie camper? Practice putting your tent up before going camping. You should know what you need and how to do it before you actually have to do it. This will help you quickly pitch a tent before darkness falls at your campsite.
10. Pack in excess for your kids when you are going camping. There is a lot of mess that goes along with camping. Children seem to be magnetically attracted to dirt. Therefore, you will need to understand that a clean trip is probably out of the question. It is almost impossible to prevent, but luckily, you will not need to worry if you have extra clothes on hand. Staying prepared is the best way to avoid issues on your trip.
11. Make sure that all food brought along on a camping trip is preserved and prepared properly. Make sure to pack your foods in airtight containers. Insulated coolers are where the food should be stored. Do not place cooked and raw foods in the same area. Always wash any food surfaces, as well as your hands. Use antibacterial soap to wash and follow with sanitizer. Cook foods to the right internal temperature and get foods that need to be cold chilled quickly.
12. Be sure your insurance policy is up-to-date before leaving for your camping trip. Sometimes when you go to a different place, you’ll have to get an additional policy to cover you. This is even more of a factor if you travel to another country to go camping, like Canada. Be sure that your insurance will cover you, no matter where you are.
Camping can be one of the most fun activities there is. However, without the proper packing and planning, it might be a disaster–in some cases dangerous as well. With the right preparation though, your trip will be fun and exciting. Plan well and prepare in advance to make the most of your next outdoor vacation!