Are you planning to get in touch with Mother Nature to get away from hustle and bustle of your busy life?
Regardless of distance and time of your camping trip, to ensure that you have a fun, relaxing and exciting time you need to plan and be prepared in advance. Read on for tips before hitting the trail to make your adventure go smoothly and to have an enjoyable time with nature.
1. Gear up. Figure out and make a list of essential gear. Keep in mind how long you’ll be gone and how much room you have, as well as weight and bulk. If you’re hiking to the campsite stick to absolute essentials, but if you’re car camping then you can go for fancy extras.
2. Pick a campsite. To find a good spot to camp visit different online camping forums, where you can find useful information and secrets with the best locations for camping.
3. Once at the campsite set up tent. Pick a place close to running water, find level ground to pitch the tent and set it up. Use a tent cover in case of rain.
4. Be prepared for any weather. No matter what the weather forecast says, be prepared for the worst. So make sure you bring rain gear. Bring tarps to use as shelters under the rain or for shade under the sun.
5. Nutrition. Bring enough lightweight and calorie-dense nutrition to last your trip. A portable stove can be very useful to make quick meals. Instead of bottles, bring packets of condiments.
6. Hydration. Of course water. It’s ideal if you’re camping near a fresh body of water. You can bring a water filter to purify water, so gallons of water won’t weigh you down on your hike.
7. Fire up. Do some research to see if the campsite allows campfires, and also if you can use fallen wood. Otherwise, you’ll need to bring some charcoal, wood, and also fire starters and matches.
8. Dress accordingly. Choose moisture-wicking clothes to keep the body dry and sweat-free. Also no matter how hot it is outside, pack a few layers of extra non-cotton clothing. It’s always important to have them in case you get stranded or the weather changes.
9. Bring some gadgets. To make camping and hiking much safer and easier bring a GPS for navigation, flashlight, a multi-tool, extra batteries and phone charger.
10. Stay safe. Always bring a well-stocked first-aid kit, also creams for blisters, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and other. If you’re on a hike alone, inform your friends and family about your trip plan. For safety measures it’s always better to travel with at least one other person. Also be equipped with the appropriate gear. If you are hiking over rough terrain or in snow, good hiking boots will help to avoid sprains and strains.
11. Pack some extras. If some more weight is not an issue for your camping, add some extras. To make your camping trip more enjoyable and relaxing bring books, binoculars, folding chair and table, and cooler.
12. On the trail. Respect the environment and be aware of potential dangers. Don’t touch or eat flowers, plants and fruits, especially if they’re unfamiliar. Know the safety precautions if the area you’re hiking into is known for poisonous snakes, bears, or other potentially dangerous wildlife. Using bug spray and keeping your skin covered protect against bugs and insects.
13. Leave no trace. Leave the campsite exactly as you found it. Carry out what was carried in, make sure that the fire is out, and leave flora and fauna alone.
Following these camping tips you’re ready to set off on your adventures in the wilderness.