Before you start any camping trip, there are some little tips and tricks that you ought to know. They will make your experience much easier and they will help you avoid unpleasant situations.
- Check out your tent
The first and most important concern when you are planning your camping adventure is your tent. If you don’t have a suitable and functional tent, you will experience a lot of trouble on your camping trip. Without a proper tent, you won’t have a place to shelter in if the weather conditions become bad, and your trip can be very unpleasant.
Water resistance is one of the key considerations when it comes to the functionality of your tent. Without it, the tent is fairly useless. Many tents are made from water-resistant fabrics, but this material can be easily torn in various situations, such as negligence when storing the tent, improper usage of the tent, etc. Imagine that you are in the woods or out in the open when suddenly dark clouds come over you and rain begins. Of course, the most logical thing is to hide in your tent. Imagine experiencing the unpleasant surprise of water leaking inside the tent. This would be extremely frustrating.
In order to prevent this scenario, you must examine every inch of your tent to see if there are any deficiencies which might cause trouble and reduce the tent’s functionality. First, you should stretch the tent out in your backyard or in another suitable flat area. Then you should pour some water on the tent, ensuring that every part of the surface is wet and covered with water. This is the only way to find small holes in the fabric and to avoid the possibility of water leaking into your tent.
If your tent isn’t damaged, then you are in the perfect position to start preparing for your trip or your vacation. If the tent is new to you, you must carefully read the manual to learn how to set up the tent. After all, your tent will be worthless to you unless a member of your camping group knows how to set it up! We mention this because setting up a tent is not as easy as you might think, and you will want to learn and practice in advance of your trip.
- Chose wisely what you pack
The second tip for your camping trip is to consider the items that you are going to carry on your adventure. Camping is unlike hiking in that you will the ability to carry more items you think you are going to need. If you are planning to go on a camping trip with your car, then you have a lot of space that can be used as perfect storage for all the things that you might need at some point in the wilderness
First, you should pack slightly more clothes than you think you need. Why? Because, no matter the season, nature is unpredictable and you cannot rely on weather predictions. Even if you use apps to forecast the weather, if you are going somewhere for the first time, you don’t know the specific conditions of that area. The microclimate may be very different from what you expect. For example, you might find yourself near a river, and although the daytime temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius, it might get chilly during the night. You should always pack at least one sweater or jacket and a few pairs of socks. This is a valuable tip that we are sharing from personal experience.
Also, among the items that you need for camping are an axe, hammer, nice sleeping bag, lighter or matches, and maybe some inflatable pillows. For all of you who are experiencing camping for the first time, these are the items that you need to bring. You may consider them your camping “starter pack,” and you can add various items which you might find useful. More experienced campers and ones who enjoy roughing it can bring equipment to cook their own meals. On the other hand, rookies will probably want to bring some prepared food because they might find camping food unacceptable. They should also carry a battery-powered flashlight, insect repellent spray, and anti-itch creams in order to feel secure until they see what camping is all about. Without these items, they may find themselves in an uncomfortable or unpleasant situation, which can lead to a decreased enjoyment of the vacation for both them and their companions.
- Reach your camping spot during daylight
When choosing a location for camping, you have to realize that no matter how familiar you are with the surroundings, other people in your group might not possess the same knowledge. In order for them to have a chance to look around and get to know their environment, you must reach your camping location while there is still some daylight.
Also, pitching a tent before dark is a basic rule that every experienced camper should know. Once you are finished with setting up your camp and unpacking your equipment, take a look around and examine the area that surrounds you. Getting familiar with the area in which the camping site is located is another basic rule. You should check if there are any signs of wild animals or perhaps a spring of drinkable water. Remember that your life may depend on your careful consideration of every factor of your environment.
4 Water – the most important thing for us
Our bodies are built so that we depend on water. A human being can live much longer without food than without water, so be sure to carry a lot of water with you. You may find yourself in an unexpected situation in which you are not able to reach a water source.
On the other hand, if you are camping near streams, rivers, or springs, you will have a water source. Nowadays, many stores sell pills to purify the water, and you should also carry these with you. They are accessible to anyone and they are an excellent solution for situations that could otherwise be very dangerous.
5 Food tips
Some of your food needs to be prepared and preserved at home. In fact, many camping experts recommend that most of your fruits and vegetables be chopped while you are at your home. Always put them in separate bags or boxes, as some vegetables react when they come in contact with other types of vegetables. For example, they may develop an odor or degenerate more quickly.
You should also bring canned food for at least two or three days more than you plan to remain at your camping site. You never know when you might need the additional rations.
- Don’t play with fire
You certainly have heard about forest fires, but did you know that over 70% of forest fires are caused by inappropriate behavior from campers and tourists who are visiting nature? Many of them weren’t careful, and because of their negligence, they caused a lot of trouble.
You see, recovery from a forest fire is a difficult process. We are not speaking about putting out the fire. You should be aware that the forest itself can’t recover from a fire for at least 20 years. Depending on the forest’s biodiversity, recovery may take 50 years in some cases.
So when you leave your camping fire and there is no one around, be sure that the fire has no chance of spreading. When you are leaving the campsite, always pour some water over the campfire. After that, find some sand or dirt to cover the fire pit. A lot of people make an error by skipping this second step. When you pour water over the fire, most of the time, charcoal will be formed. For some time, the charcoal will be wet, but in certain areas, especially at summer, the sun will dry out the charcoal and the remains will become highly flammable. For this reason, a bit of sand or dirt should cover the charcoal. Similarly, when extinguishing cigars or matches, be sure that they cannot endanger the environment.
- Pay attention to wild animals
Since you are in the wilderness, you are probably going to experience some sort of encounter with wild animals. This can be a wonderful experience, part of the purpose of every trip in nature. However, you don’t want to find furry creatures in your sleeping bag or larger animals going around through your belongings. These animals are not pleasant and funny as Yogi Bear.
In order to prevent animals from entering your campsite, avoid leaving items with odors out in the open. Odors will attract animals, causing you a lot of troubles.
- Camping fire
We have told you about the dangers that fire can cause. However, the campfire itself is very important to us when we camping. Without it, we would be in a lot of trouble. Imagine a cold night when you haven’t set up a campfire. This would be a very unpleasant experience.
When packing, you should always bring some fire-starter items, which may be purchased at any store. These will reduce your efforts when starting a campfire. Also, when you arrive at the camping spot, look for wood. An old fallen tree is ideal because it is dry and will burn readily. When preparing your wood piles, categorize them. Group together small pieces of wood and branches that can be used for starting the fire, then group pieces that are a little larger, and so on until you have large pieces.
Always check whether a log is wet or not. Wet wood burns slowly and may even put out your fire. If wood has moisture in it, you may set it near the fire so it can dry out a little bit, in order to burn better later.
- Separate areas in your camp
When you are preparing your camping spot, always create a separate area for storage, food preparation, eating, washing, and playing games. This will make your stay much better, because it will organize both you and your companions and prevent unnecessary crowding in some areas.
Separating areas is also useful because you can’t eat and play games at the same spot. Imagine that you are playing spike ball or soccer near the place where you eat your meals. There is a chance that you might break a piece of equipment or damage your food supplies in some way. And of course, you cannot play these games near your tents or campfire!
- Be positive
One of the most important tips for having a good camping experience concerns your attitude towards the experience. When you are preparing for your camping trip, leave all your worries, obligations and negative emotions at home. You are heading into nature to relax and to clear your mind from all the things that make you uncomfortable. This means that you must have a positive attitude about this adventure. Don’t be the one person in the group who complains all the time or who is disappointed because of a lack of comfort.
Forget all of these things. You are in nature; now enjoy it.