You may be familiar with camping from doing it as a child, but it is not something reserved for just children. Having the proper information will allow you to have a better experience. These suggestions will help.
While a campfire gives off enough light in the general area around it, you want to be sure you take along a flashlight on your camping trip if you plan to venture outside of the campfire’s glow. This is a definite safety precaution you don’t want to ignore. It can be quite dark out there in the woods at nighttime.
Avoid any wildlife you may come into contact with. Bears have become a fairly large problem with campers. In some parks they have been known to rip open the trunk of a car to gain access to food. Raccoons are also a big problem in many campgrounds. Not only are they smart and can gain access to your food supplies easily, but they can carry disease as well.
Choose a tent large enough for everyone that is going to sleep in it. This makes it possible for everyone to sleep comfortably, and it also allows for room to move about and exit the tent if nature calls.
Ask a park ranger or a tour guide to let you know about all the places to check out while you are camping. This is a good idea so that you know you are getting the most out of your camping experience, you don’t want to take a camping trip and miss out on a fun experience.
A cute way to add fun to meals is to make what is known as a “jungle meal”. Tie juice boxes, tiny boxes of cereal and fruit to trees in the woods. Let younger children wake up and hunt for their breakfast. This adds a little sprinkle of adventure and excitement to any camping trip.
Purchase a multi-use tool to store with your camping gear. This tool should include an axe, hammer and saw. The multi-use tool will come in handy when you are searching for firewood, clearing a trail and setting up your tent. When purchasing a multi-use tool, get one of the good quality one for years of enjoyment.
When kids are in your camping party, it is important to let them know what the rules are as soon as you get there. They must have strict guidelines to follow, or they could get hurt or annoy others. For example, talk to them about screaming and how their voices could disturb others. It is much harder to enforce rules after you have been there for a few days, so get going early.
Take along some things to entertain yourself and your family. Fishing poles, card games and even a scavenger hunt list will make great entertainment in the woods. Take extra things for entertainment if you have children.
If you’re going to camp somewhere where dangerous animals reside, you need to make sure you’re very careful about your food. This means to wrap things up as tight as possible, keeping things away from your shelter and avoiding certain foods altogether. Doing so will lessen your chances for an attack.
Before you even leave your camping trip, try practicing pitching a tent in your backyard or some other open space. People do not know how difficult pitching a tent can be; you do not want to get to camp and realize you have no idea what you are doing. Practice makes perfect!
If you want to recreate the fun you had camping when you were a kid, you need both information and a strong desire to camp. The information and suggestions from above can be just the advice you need to get started today to plan the camping trip you can enjoy once again.