Camping is a popular type of vacation because it is so simple to pick up and go without too much hassle at any given time. Whether you’re going near or far for your camping trip, you should read up a little to be aware of some important camping-related advice that everyone should know about.
When it comes to food, bring only what you need on a camping trip. Extra food out in the wilderness is a calling card for wild animals to come visiting your campground. If you do find that you have additional food, tie it up in cloth and handg it as high as you can in a tree away from your immediate campground. This will help keep you from unwanted animal introductions.
When you are planning a camping adventure, make sure you pack the appropriate clothing for your trip. Check the weather forecast and bring the clothing that will be needed on your trip. If it is going to be cold, make sure you have the appropriate coats, gloves, and shoes. Remember to also pack a rain poncho no matter what the weather forecast predicts.
Before you start out on that relaxing camping trip, it is essential for your safety to make sure to let someone know you are going. Give a friend or neighbor the name of the campsite if you are using one. If you are headed out on a less structured trip, give your contact a general idea of where you are headed and a timeline for your return. If something goes wrong, there will be someone to know where to look for you.
Review your health insurance policy. Sometimes going into a different state means that you will need to have an additional policy. That can be even more important when you plan to travel across international borders. It is essential to be prepared in case of emergency.
Attempt a “jungle breakfast” with the younger members of your camping party. Take little juice boxes, mini cereal boxes, and fruit into the woods and be sure to tie them to a nearby tree. When the kids awake, you can tell them to “hunt” for breakfast. This will add some adventure and fun to their day.
Bring a bandanna or a large handkerchief with you when you go camping. A bandana is very versatile and can be used as a blotter, potholder, mini-bag and more. Take a few with you anytime you go camping.
Dryer lint is a great item to bring if you are trying to start a campfire. Collect the lint in your dryer and store it in a bag a few weeks before you go camping to prepare for this. Keep a used grocery bag on your laundry room door to collect the lint. This allows you to just get your kindling and leave when you’re ready.
Bugs do not like fire at all, so it is a good idea to keep your fire burning all night while you are sleeping. If you find that there is a huge bug problem during the day, it would help to keep a fire burning at that time as well.
Pack extra flashlights and batteries. It can get quite dark at night, away from all the city lights. A light source is very important. Bring a few spare flashlights just in case. Make sure that you pack extra batteries as well. A light source is something you do not want to find yourself without.
To end, you should keep the advice and tips here in mind when you are out and about on your camping trip. No one wants to come home from a trip due to being frustrated because they were not aware of what they needed to know beforehand. Good luck and have fun!