Camping is often a laid-back activity pursued outdoors, a home away from home and in the lap of nature, with fresh air, wildlife, and natural sound for company. It can be a beneficial, bonding experience with your friends and family, together with Mother Nature. When going camping it is advisable to have some camping guidelines to follow.
Millions of happy campers packed up their stuff and headed into the wilderness for a day or two or even more. There are many reasons for having a good old fashioned camping trip, from physical health benefits to stress relief.
But, it can just as quickly turn into a nightmare involving collapsing tents and invading animals and insects. Fortunately, you can take many steps and tips to nail camping ahead of time and grab yourself a healthful, outdoor experience.
As they say, Who needs a memory foam mattress when there’s a comfy sleeping bag?
Here we list some of the guides that will surely help your first time camping trip or your other adventure in the wilderness.
➽ Choose the Right Campsite
There will be an array of available campsites for your first time camping. However, there are things to consider, are they ‘child friendly,’ are dogs allowed, are the facilities such as toilets and showers available. As a new camper, it is a good idea to have a campsite with good facilities and a town nearby so there will be a place to buy supplies if you forget something.
➽ Prepare your Tent that fits your needs.
We all know that there are different types and sizes of tents. It is essential to choose the right tent that will fit your needs. When picking an ideal tent, choose the right size or bigger than the number using it. This will allow enough space for your things and will give you a comfortable room to sleep.
➽ Bring Sleeping Bags
It is always a good idea to bring sleeping bags as temperatures can drop at night. When choosing the right sleeping bag, you must know the season where the camping will be held and the temperature rating to ensure it will keep you at the optimum temperature and make it a comfortable camping night.
➽ Setting up the Campsite
There are also a few things to consider putting up the tent on the campsite. First, you must pitch the tend to the area where the ground is level and without any debris to prevent any damage to the tent and discomfort. Second, you must put the back of the tent to the wind to give more stability.
And lastly, put your pegs at a 45-degree angle into the ground. You can practice in your backyard anytime so that you can adjust your equipment and materials before the camping day.
➽ Always Plan your Meals Beforehand
Always check the campsite rules to see if campfires are allowed, and know if the local area has any pubs or restaurants where you can eat if things don’t go as planned. It can save time and hassle if you plan what you’re going to eat and how you will cook.
➽ Prepare a Fundamental Camping List
It is not easy for beginners to camp, especially when you are unsure about what type of equipment you need. You must figure out what to bring based on your mode of transport and how long you’ll be gone. In case you’re hiking to the campsite, you should be mindful of the weight and bulky of what you’re carrying.
Nobody wants to haul a 50-pound pack up a mountain. So, whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned survivalist, don’t leave your home without these must-haves for your nature outing. Aside from your tent and sleeping bed, you must have:
☑ Fire Up
Always check to see if campfires are allowed on the site.
- Fire Starter like matches or lighters
- News Papers
- Charcoal (for campsite grill)
- Cooking Materials, like solid fuel stove
- Skillet, pot, utensils, cups, bowls, and plates
☑ Chow Down
Here are a few great foods for camping.
- Canned Beans and soup
- Beef Jerky
- Peanut Butter
- Fruit and nut bars
- Drink powders
- Coffee and tea
- Water Bottles
☑ Right, Dress for Success
- Rain Gear
- Sun Hat
- Boots for hiking
- Swimsuit for swimming
☑ Must-Have Gadgets
A few essential tools that can make camping more comfortable, safer, and more worry-free.
- Extra Batteries
- Phone Chargers
- Power Banks
- Flashlight, Head Lamp, or Lantern
☑ Be Clean All the Time
It is evident that you will be dirty in the woods. So, you must bring the following to keep hygienic.
- Toilet paper
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitizers
- Garbage bags
☑ Keep Safe
Camping in a remote area is a no joke, so every camper always must have,
- First Aid Kit
- Cream for blisters and insect bites
- Insect repellent
- Medication for severe allergies
- Pocket Knife
- Map and Compass or a charged GPS
- Folding chairs
- Drinks and coolers.
You can always make your checklist but ensure that nothing is left behind. It is best to camp with others, especially in times of emergencies, there will be someone calling for help.
Remember to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Throw away any trash; in case there are no trash bins, bring it when you leave. Don’t be someone who leaves waste everywhere. Leave the campsite as you found it. It is the greatest respect for mother nature.
And lastly, make sure the fire is out. By following all these few guides and tips, you are good to go. And keep in mind that you don’t always need a five-star hotel to unwind and relax. As they say, the best things in life are free.
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