Novice and pro campers agree on one thing- camping is the greatest way to enjoy the outdoors and experience what nature has to offer. Although camping is a fantastic adventure, going unprepared will make it a nightmare and endanger your life. A mishap can result in anything- from you sleeping out in the rain or missing a meal, to you needing dire medical assistance and emergency evacuation. A little preparation and creativity is all you need to avoid those uncomfortable situations and screaming fits. Here are top 5 best camping tips:
1. Working on the Shelter
Where are you going camping? Your shelter is your ground zero and you need to get it right. It will be where you rest each night and your protection from the weather elements. Start by selecting the right campsite. Avoid dead/dying trees and toppling branches. You don’t want a tree falling on your tent in the middle of the night. Survey the landscape. Stay away from the loud neighbors- they will ruin your camping experience. Also get a great view too where you can catch the sun rising and setting. Now pick out a camping tent that meets your need. Are you camping alone, with your spouse, or your family? How easy is the tent to set up? Get a tent (or 2-3 depending on the tent sizes and number of campers your with) that has enough space to move around. Also note the wind direction. Setting up your tent downwind from the campfire will bring smoke into the tent.
2. Putting Up the Fire
Plan the wood and tools. If you go with too little wood, you won’t have enough to sustain the fire. If you go with too much, you’ll find yourself having to carry it home. Remember that dry light wood burns faster than hardwood. Also factor in the weather. Cooler climates means you’ll need enough wood to keep the fire burning for most of the night. Learn how to start a fire without putting in too much effort. You can use a fire starter, soak cotton balls in alcohol, or even fill cardboard toilet paper with dryer lint o start the fire. Fare safety takes precedence, especially if you’re going camping with children. Explain to the kids the dangers of the campfire and establish some ground rules to prevent accidents from happening.
3. Preparing the Meals
One of the benefits camping gives you is allowing you to enjoy a hearty meal in a natural setting. So you need to ensure you get it right. Plan your camping menu. There are dozens of camping recipes you can choose- from Chicken and Broccoli Hobo Dinner, Apple Pie Gourmet S’mores, Pesto Penne with Black Olives and Naked Burritos to Marinated and Grilled Vegetables, Gourmet Potatoes and Honey Cumin BBQ Pork Chops. Watch the prep time for each meal. It’s wiser to go for the meals that can be done in quick steps, to allow you time for your other camping activities. You can save time by preparing the ingredients at home, so that all that will be left is the actual cooking. Go for tools with material that is durable, versatile, and provides a perfect cooking surface for camping, like cast iron.
4. Get Water
You won’t survive in a camp without adequate hydration. You utensils will also need cleaning, not to forget your arms and whatnot. Look at how effectively you can organize and store the water. You can use items like gallon jugs, containers or collapsible water carriers. You also should carry personal water, in water bottles hydration bladders to water bags. Carry a filtration, treatment and purification tool (like the handheld pump filters or ultraviolet sterilizers) as a contingency measure in case water runs out and you have to get some from the source- rivers, ponds, etc.
5. Plan Your Camping Attire
This is not about being fashion-savvy as it is about surviving your camping trip. In the outdoors, you’ll need to contend with weather elements. Find loose layers of clean clothing. This will allow you to peel off the layers of clothing as you begin sweating, to enable you to remain comfortable, and to ensure the clothes remain dry. In the colder seasons you’ll need to get additional attire like gloves or thermal underwater. Protect your feet too. Get closed-toe shoes that come with moisture-absorbing lining. Grab a pair of hiking boots. Also remember to carry a waterproof poncho, which will protect you from the rain.
This 5 top tips will ensure your camping goes smoothly. Remember to plan out your fun activities to make the adventure memorable. Go on hiking trails, play camp games, sing and dance around the camper, tell campfire stores, cook your meals together, and ensure you have a blast. The outdoors give you freedom to express yourself and work off your steam.