If you have never camped, you don’t know how great it can be. Ending one evening and starting the next day both in the arms of mother nature is an experience that is indescribable. If your lack of camping knowledge has held you back in the past, the advice that follows may change all of that.
While you may think that nature will offer up enough wood to keep your fire embers burning, it could quite possibly be wet wood that doesn’t really want to burn. As an added precaution, bring along wood from around your yard or logs from a home store, and keep them where they will stay dry.
Don’t be afraid of bringing too much if you have kids. Going camping can get really dirty. Kids are always attracted to dirt. This means that your kids will get dirty during the day. Know that you must accept that fact, but have a change of clothing for them so they can be comfortable. Be ready for anything.
A camping trip provides fun experiences or dangerous experiences. Which you will experience depends on your level of preparation. Prepare in advance to avoid the downfalls of camping. Research the place that you are traveling to, which will help you to understand the climate and geography.
Check over your medical insurance before going on a camping trip. If you are going camping out of state, you may have to add an additional policy for full coverage. This is a bigger factor if you’re traveling to another country for a camping trip, such as Canada. Always be prepared.
Take a bandana or handkerchief with you. They can serve many purposes, like potholder, blotter, hand towel or carrying bag. You can use them to pick up hot pans, or to clean up a tiny spill; therefore, you should always have one with you.
You can easily start campfires using dryer lint as a starter material. Collect some lint from your clothes dryer to bring with you. Hang up a grocery bag beside your dryer and collect the lint in it. Doing this means you can just snag your kindling on the way out the door the morning your trip starts.
You don’t have to entirely rough it. Bring a little piece of luxury from home. Something small and lightweight is appropriate, like candy or some cream for coffee. Small things like this can increase your enjoyment of the trip.
Don’t wait until nightfall to set up camp. Figure out where you can park if you are driving an RV. Find a piece of ground that’s flat and dry if you are putting up a tent. If you don’t do this, you could find yourself in a precarious and unsafe area after dark. It also makes it much easier to actually see what you are doing, thus saving a great deal of frustration.
Bring adequate amounts of food. Make sure the food you bring won’t spoil while you’re camping. A bout of food poisoning can end a wonderful trip very quickly. Therefore, it is imperative to maintain the highest level of preparation with your food.
Don’t let your flashlight batteries get drained inadvertently. It can be really easy to inadvertently press the “on” switch on your flashlight when jostling through a bag of camping equipment. To avoid this, store the batteries backwards in your flashlights. If the power switch is touched, the flashlight won’t turn on and you’ll still have full battery power.
Now that you know what to do, start planning your camping excursion. You can become a camping pro in no time, by applying all that you have just learned. You can have the adventure of a lifetime, whether you are going out of state or staying nearby.