If the last time you thought about camping was with the scouts as a child or with your family as a teenager, it is time to revisit the idea. There is no reason why you can’t get out there and make new memories if you know how to do it the right way. These tips will make your next camping trip a memorable one.
When you go camping, you wand to find shelter before the sun goes down. After night falls, it becomes harder to prepare your camp ground and set up the tent. It can be even more difficult for those who are not accustomed to trying to see in complete darkness. To ensure you get your campsite operational arrive several hours before sunset.
Make sure your sleeping bag is right for the weather. Bringing a winter bag camping in summer can cause you to roast all night. On the flip side, bring a sleeping bag meant for summer camping will make you very cold during your winter camping trip. Hypothermia can be experienced, as well.
Do not assume you can collect firewood from the area. Bring along some dry wood and store it where it remain dry.
Keep in mind that you, your family, and everything you take with you is probably going to be dirty. If you are prepared for that before you go, it will cause less stress when it happens. Then, you can be as messy as you want, without worry of getting dirty. When you return home, make sure to stay as organized as possible.
Make sure that you know basic first aid before you go out on a camping trip. Accidents happen, and taking the right precautions will ensure you know how to better a poor situation. Be sure to research beforehand. Are there any poisonous snakes, plants or any other things you should know before you head out?
No matter how rough and tough your camping plans, bring along a small bit of luxury to add an elegant touch to your camping trip. Bring a lightweight, easy-to-carry item like good chocolate, cream for coffee or another reminder of home with you. Such little luxuries will really pick up your spirits!
Oranges taste great, but they can also help keep mosquitoes away from you. Once you finish your orange, save the peel. Rub it easily on all your exposed skin for a chemical-free bug repellent.
Find all of your equipment and start packing well in advance of your trip. Forgetting something important, such as a sleeping bag, is a terrible feeling. Look over the items you plan to bring and create a checklist before leaving to ensure that all of your essential gear comes with you.
Make sure your children have something to do while camping. If you are deep in the woods, away from everything, they may get bored. They have probably never fished or set up tents. Show them how to do these things before you leave if they haven’t spent a lot of times outdoors.
If you are a novice camper, choose a destination close to home for your first trip. Things may go wrong and you may have to abort your trip early if things don’t go your way. Novice campers sometimes don’t pack enough food or clothing, which is a problem if they are far away. First-time camping is a learning experience and anything can happen, so find a campground near your home.
Plan ahead and make sure your flashlight batteries have full power before you leave for a camping trip. You can easily turn on the flashlight while searching through bags and equipment. If you put the batteries in your flashlight backwards, you can avoid this. That way you make sure you don’t accidentally turn them on.
Everyone knows to make a shelter, but many forget you should do it before dark! It is much more difficult to pitch your tent after dark. You should pack a flashlight or make a fire while it is still light. It’s much easier to arrive early enough to get set up before sundown.
You may have enjoyed camping as a kid and want to experience it again as an adult. The keys are knowledge and desire. Get your imagination going with this piece and you will remember the feeling of a great outdoors experience, and want to do it again.