Camping can be a memorable activity that the entire family can enjoy outside in nature. You won’t be able to remember your worries when you let yourself connect with the beauties of the natural setting all around. Keep reading to find advice and insights for making the most of your next camping trip.
You don’t have to be a boy scout to be prepared, if you plan to go camping. One of the first rules is to be sure to tell somebody where you will be. If there isn’t an exact location to give, then give a general idea of major roads nearby or even GPS coordinates if you know them and give a timeframe of when you plan to return.
Reserve your spot at a campground as soon as possible. Particularly in the summer, many people are interested in camping with their families. If you make your reservation in the winter, you are much more likely to get the best rate possible. Those savings can translate into additional family fun while on your vacation.
Make sure your sleeping bag is right for the weather. A sleep bag designed for winter camping would make you sweat during the summer. If you are going to bring a light bag in the winter, you may end up freezing and having a miserable time. Hypothermia can be experienced, as well.
Navigation is the key when it comes to camping. It is important to know where you are, and how to get back to civilization if you become lost. Always bring a map of the area, and a compass to help you. You can also use an outdoor GPS that will give you navigation information, as well as additional information such as altitude.
When you pack up your camp site to go home, leave a few logs and some kindling for the next camping group that comes along. If you have ever arrived at your site after dark, you know how tough it can be to find firewood! It’s a very nice pay-it-forward gesture that will probably help out more than you can imagine.
Make sure that you avoid any venomous plants. A good way to do this is to stop at the ranger station and ask what kinds of poisonous plants are in the area so you can identify them if you come into contact with them on the trail. Never eat anything while hiking on the trail if you do not know it is edible.
Always pack enough for your kids. Camping can be dirty. Kids are seriously attracted to the dirt. Your kids may become filthy as the day goes on. Know that you must accept that fact, but have a change of clothing for them so they can be comfortable. The key is being prepared.
Before you leave on your trip, use your backyard to help you work out the kinks in your camping equipment. Put up your tent to make sure you know (or remember!) how to put it up. This will also allow you to see if anything needs to be patched up. It will make it that much easier for you when you get to the campsite.
Bring a first aid kit. Camping is fun. It can also be a bit dangerous. Always be prepared. Small scrapes and rashes can be especially common out in nature. Bring along an emergency first aid kit full of anything you might need. You’ll be happy you did if something goes wrong.
Camping is a very fun activity. Doing so lets you unplug from society and enjoy nature. Apply the tips you’ve just read, and your upcoming camping trip will be an unforgettable one.