My first camping trip was 15 years ago when I was in senior school. From then onwards, I have been camping every year and I have some great experience to share with you. I have faced many challenges and wouldn’t want new or inexperienced campers to undergo the same experience. Whether you are a mountain climber, cyclist, hunter, angler, or just camping for fun, here are things that you need to know to have a sound and memorable camping trip.
List of Top 10 Camping Tips
Research the campsite
Knowing what things to expect at the camping site will help you know what to pack and what not to pack. If there is water, you may only be required to carry drinking water. The type of topography can help you to determine which type of tent will be ideal to carry. If there are trees, you can attach the ropes of the tent. Some areas have rocks or large stones which you can use to attach the ropes to.
Have a camping checklist
If you are in a hurry, you may forget to pack one or two things. To prevent this from happening, you should come up with a camping checklist. Write this checklist one week or some few days before the trip. Also, it is advisable to pack early and ensure that all things that you will use are included in the backpack.
Monitor the weather
One of the worst mistakes that people make is failing to check the weather of the area that they are going to camp. Ensure that you plan for different weather conditions. Pack different clothes for protection against cold and those for hot weather. You should pack one raincoat and even have sleeping attire. So, whatever weather you come across, you will be fully prepared.
Find out the potential dangers
Before you camp in any area, you should know which dangers you are likely to face. These include dangerous plants, animals or even insects. Make sure to include a first aid kit in your backpack. Also, you may get cuts or burns, thus you need to have bandages for wrapping the wounds. Do a small survey of the area before deciding to camp there. This way, you will be safer.
Pack up bug spray and sunscreen
This is one of the things that you should be prepared for as you go in the wild. Insects love water and are everywhere in the wild. Imagine being attacked by ants or mosquitoes as you take a nap or relax in the tent. To prevent this from happening, you should carry an insect repellent to deter bugs from disturbing you. In addition, a sunscreen will help to protect your skin from the scorching sun.
Have a multipurpose tool
It is impossible to carry all tools with you as you go camping. Instead, you should only carry those tools that can perform more than one task. Such tools include a saw and a Swiss knife. A saw can be used to clear the bush and cut twigs as you set up the tent. While a Swiss knife has scissors, tweezers, can opener, and many other tools.
Plan for rain
Always be prepared for the worst when you decide to go on a camping trip. Rain is one of those things that will come as a surprise. Carry a raincoat and make sure that your tent is situated in an ideal place and where it is not affected by rain.
Have good lighting
When dusk comes, you will need lighting to see where you are going or have access to the tent. It is a great idea to carry more than one type of lighting. Have a lighter, flashlight and lantern. All of these will come in handy and assist you in different ways.
Select a secure place to camp
Do not just camp anywhere as not every place is safe for camping. Look at the surrounding and ensure that it is not under a tree where branches can fall and hurt you or spoil your tent. Also, ensure that you are camping on a flat ground.
Prepare food ahead of time
Depending on how many days you are going to camp, it is a good idea to carry enough food for those days unless you are going hunting or fishing. If possible, freeze the food and warm it whenever you want to have a meal. You can as well carry snacks and some light foods.
Before you go out camping, you should be well aware of the camping area and how to easily thrive there. Many people don’t do a survey of the place and end up endangering their life. Follow our camping tips above and you will have an enjoyable and memorable time.