When you’re off on a camping trip, most of your entertainment and amusement is built into the experience. You get to hang out with friends and/or family; you get to enjoy the outdoors and take in new sights; you even get some exercise, and challenge yourself to get by with limited supplies and luxuries. Even with all of this to enjoy though, there is some downtime associated with camping. Once … [Read More...]
If you didn’t grow up camping as a kid and are keen to get into camping as an adult, we have you covered. Simply continue reading to discover a list of essential camping tips that will help ensure that your first trip is a pleasurable, stress free experience.
Fill a container in your car with camping essentials:
Some items that are well worth placing in your camp container include spare batteries, which are useful for your flashlights, insect repellent, particularly if you plan on camping close to the water and a first aid kit. Always make sure that you have plenty of band aids as you’re likely to get blisters on your feet if you do a lot of hiking on camping trips. Lastly, no camp container would be complete without a bottle or two of sunscreen.
Pack multiple layers for your hikes:
As the weather is prone to changing at a moment’s notice, especially if you hike high up into the hills or mountains, it’s a great idea to pack layers in your day pack. For example, you may want to carry a thermal layer, a t-shirt, a jumper and a light weight jacket. This way if it gets too cold, you can just pop another layer of clothing on. You may also want to pack accessories such as scarves, extra socks and a cap or beanie.
Learn how to avoid overpacking:
If you don’t want to give yourself a sore back, it’s a smart idea to learn how to overpacking. Particularly if you’re not driving to your campsite and have to carry all of your camping equipment to a remote location that doesn’t have vehicle access.
Make sure that your sleeping bag is the right weight for the season:
If you’re new to camping, you may be unaware that there are different sleeping bags for different seasons and temperatures. For example, you don’t want to use a super thick, down filled sleeping bag for the warm summer months. When you’re likely to overheat. So when it comes to shopping around for a sleeping bag make sure to check its temperature rating. To avoid making a shopping error.
Ensure to pack canned food and a can opener:
One rookie mistake which many first timers make is to purchase canned food but to forget to pack a can opener. Canned food is a great option though as it won’t expire quickly and doesn’t require heating. Though you can cook canned food over a fire.
Choose the location of your campsite carefully:
For example, it’s never a good idea to put up a tent in an area that could become flooded if it rains heavily or which has lots of rocks which will be uncomfortable to sleep on or will take a lot of effort to remove. It’s also a wise idea to choose a location for your campsite that gives you a bit of shelter, which will be a lifesaver if its windy or rains during your trip.
So if you can’t wait to choose the location of your first campground and are ready to dip your toes into the world of camping, make sure to follow the great tips listed above!