Finally, you’ve found some free time from work and you’ve decided to spend it on yourself. You have chosen to go on a camping trip to relax, free your mind, and recharge your batteries for your upcoming business obligations. Certainly camping is a wonderful way to forget about all the problems, stressful situations, and pressures that you're experiencing at work or at home. However, you have to be aware that camping can become pretty unpleasant if you aren't prepared.
You have to choose a good place for pitching a tent. Again, this is very important, as you don’t want to allow a poor location to affect your comfort during your stay in nature. You should seek flat terrain without stones, rocks, branches, or tree roots. It is best to set up a tent in an area with little vegetation. Such a location is easily recognized by the small density of grass, dry and partially cracked ground, and lack of any traces of moss or thick, strong grass.
If you are going to camp when the weather is unstable
You will have to stay away from the water, where the temperature tends to become cold during the night. Also, it would be best to build a tent under trees that can protect you from the wind or the rain, as long as there are no big branches that might fall down. Try to predict the position of the sun during each part of the day and adjust your tent accordingly. If the weather is cold, try to get as much sunlight as possible. If it is hot, avoid the sun and look for shade.
CAMPING IN A GROUP
Try setting up your tents in a circle. In the evening, you will be able to make a campfire that will keep all of you warm. A circle is a logical design because everyone will have the same distance between his tent and the campfire, and there will be no useless energy loss.
If possible, you should put some leaves or branches underneath on the ground and then set your tent up on that spot. This will provide good temperature isolation. When you are setting up your tent, try to create an additional layer between it and the ground. A layer of plastic, like nylon, will form a barrier, keep the moisture under it. If you expect rain, it would be wise to dig small channels near the edges of the tent as a channel for any rain that runs down the sides of the tent.
These tips will save you a lot of troubles with water. The ground under the tent will not be wet because water is moved away from that area, and no moisture problems will occur. Moisture and water are the two greatest enemies of the camper, and that is why we emphasize this advice. We want you to pay attention to this matter and avoid any additional problems while you are on your camping vacation.
The next thing we must do is to make adjustments to the environment around the tent.
You see, if we want to build a functional and pleasant campsite, we have to clear that area of rocks, branches, and stumps. We want to transform the area into a little oasis of peace and beauty.
When you are done setting up your tent, we advise that you make it comfortable for yourself, adding small decorations to help you feel relaxed and free of care. When we have finished, we must decide where to place those items that we are going to use during our stay. For example, if we have a solar charger, we have to find a suitable spot where it can be exposed to sunlight throughout the most of the day. Also, if we have a radio, it would be wise not to place it on the ground where dirt or moisture can cause problems and malfunctions. Ideally, you should set up a small table where you can put all the things that shouldn't be kept inside the tent. If the table is not big enough for everything, you may be able to place some items – a radio, for example – on a nearby tree. The table can also be of great assistance when eating your meals. Especially if you are with family or on a group camping trip, some people may be uncomfortable sitting on the ground to eat.
Make sure you keep your sleeping and eating areas separate.
The area where you eat should be at least 20 feet, and ideally 30 or 40 feet, removed from your tent. This is strictly because of your safety. If wild animals smell food and approach your campsite, you will want to be as far away from them as possible. So please pay attention to this concern
Considering food storage, there are some things you need to know. First, you store your food in metal or plastic boxes that don't allow any traces of odor to be detected. This is vital advice if you who are camping in an area with a population of wild animals. Bears have an extremely well-developed sense of smell, able to smell food from a distance of up to 5 miles or more. Typically, bears avoid the potential danger of approaching humans; however, if they smell or sense a food source, they might be tempted to come near. This is a serious concern for campers. This same dynamic is at play with smaller mammals like weasels and raccoons. Although these little creatures won’t harm you, they certainly can make your camping vacation a less pleasant.
Also, any beer or juice should be stored in a cool, shady location. If the weather is hot, it would be wise to dig up a little hole in a shaded area and place your drinks in it. Cover the hole with leafy branches, and your beverage will be much more refreshing than one left out on the ground. The best possible scenario is to camp near a stream. In that case, you don't have to worry about your temperature of your beverages. Just put your drinks in the water and it will serve as a kind of natural refrigerator, especially as streams and springs tend to get much colder than larger bodies of water. Also, be sure to clean up all food remains of food after preparing or eating a meal. Any food that remains must be cleared away; ideally, burnt in the campfire. This will prevent animals from being attracted to the campsite.
The campfire is the next thing that you have to take care of in your campsite.
You must have wood to start the fire and to keep it burning, but keep in mind that piles of wood need to be at least 10 to 15 feet away from your campfire. You don't want to be in a situation in which fire breaks out in your camp, because such a fire is very difficult to contain. When you are setting up a campfire, the best thing to do is to make a ring around it. If there are stones available, it would be ideal to place them in a circle and to set up your fire in the center. In this way, the fire can't spread beyond the stones. If you don't have any stones it would be wise to dig a little trench in the shape of a circle around the spot where you are going to set up the fire. Also, it is crucial that you keep a bucket full of water near the campfire. Remember this tip, as a bucket of water can prevent a lot of trouble, especially during the summer.
Since we are going to eat and drink a lot during our camping trip, we are probably going to use the toilet often. Many people assume that when we are in nature, we can go to toilet anywhere. Well, this is a false and misguided way to behave towards nature. When camping, you must build a small version of an outhouse. Ideally, this structure will be somewhere in the woods, a little bit hidden. First, you have to choose a location away from the camp, possibly downhill and as far as possible from any water source. You should dig up a hole at least 3 feet deep and put several layers of leaves and moss at the bottom of it. The next thing you have to do is to surround the latrine, perhaps with foil or sheets.
Also, don't forget to pick up a spot for your waste disposal.
Organic waste, as we have said previously, can be burned in a campfire. Other items that can't be burned, such a plastic, cans, diapers, and aluminum foil, can pollute nature for a long time. For example, a plastic bottle will remain in nature for more than 200 years before it decomposes. Collect these items in a plastic bag. You will have to carry them on your way back and throw them out in designated locations. A quick note to yourself: don't throw cigarette butts into the bag because they can cause a fire.
Fire safety factors are extremely important always. If it’s allowed (which isn’t frequently), ensure that it stays no more than possible and keep to the rules for that particular area. Should there be designated areas, stick to individuals. Whenever you released the fireplace, make one hundred percent sure that it’s out. Don’t merely sprinkle water onto it and then leave. Hold out and feeling together with your give the ashes the temperatures are, actually, going lower. You have to cleanup and scatter the awesome ashes. Should you camp in the winter month time, don’t create a fire under trees with heavy snow around the branches.
We must caution you not to go overboard with setting up your campsite. If you make too many changes to the face of nature, you will defeat the purpose of your camping trip. Remember that changes that you make to the area can endanger the ecosystem, causing much bigger consequences. Your goal is to set up your campsite in a way that preserves the current condition of the natural surroundings. When you are leaving the campsite, the location should be almost the same as when you found it.