Enjoying the great outdoors on a camping trip can be a lot of fun for the whole family or just an individual alone looking for a little R&R. The following article is full of great advice you need to know to make your next camping trip easier, more convenient and especially, more enjoyable!
If you are traveling with children, give them the opportunity to assist you when you get to the campground. They can carry gear, support you as you set up the tent and look for firewood. Not only will it keep them busy and out of trouble, it will be fun for them as well.
At night, create “bear bags.” Tie a rope around the bags with your food and your trash. Then, find a tree and toss bags over a branch, raising until they are at least seven or eight feet off the ground. Tie the rope around the tree so it is secure. This way, bears and other animals will not be able to get into your food and trash during the night.
Make sure to finish setting up camp during daylight hours. If you are traveling in an RV, park it in a well secured area. When pitching a tent, locate dry and flat ground. Doing this during daylight hours will save you hassle and frustration. It will also allow prevent the frustration of not being able to see while setting up your equipment.
Make sure you have all the gear you need before you leave your driveway. You never want to forget something important, like a tent or your sleeping bag. Double check the items you want to take and make a check list before you leave to make sure that you bring everything with you.
Be sure to choose the right site for your camping experience. The camping site can make or break your trip. Try to choose a site that is not too far away from help should you need it. Choose a site that is flat and somewhat apart from trees. You want a location that is far from critters and close to aid.
Make sure you have activities to do while camping. Card games, fishing poles, scavenger hunt lists and other supplies can make hanging out in the woods more fun. If you’re bringing along kids, it doesn’t hurt to go overboard when thinking of what to bring for fun.
Pitching a tent can be complicated for anyone, but it is especially difficult for beginner campers. Learn how to pitch your tent before you leave for the campsite. This will help you to be prepared with the right equipment and skills to pitch your tent with ease. This also allows you to get this done fast when you show up where you’re camping, prior to night falling.
Watch out for irritants like poison ivy. It usually has recognizable triple-leaf clusters. However, poison sumac and poison oak tend to have more leaves and also need to be avoided. Keeping your skin completely covered when near these irritants can help prevent rashes. You should also carry some calamine lotion and allergy medication or antihistamines as a precaution.
Ensure that you clean your campsite up whenever you finish using it. Pick up any piece of trash you can find. This is just common courtesy for the people who will be using it whenever you finish. You would want and expect the same thing in return from other people.
What better way to spend your hard earned vacation time than a stay in the woods by a campfire? Hopefully this article has shown you new and better ways of dealing with all the little challenges posed by roughing it, and will make your next outing all the more fun.