No matter where you camp, you will have a better time when you are prepared. Keep this advice in mind after reading about camping! The information presented is sure to help you throughout your camping trips.
Make sure your sleeping bag is right for the weather. If you use a heavy winter sleeping bag in summer, this can be stifling and uncomfortable. On the other hand, if you pack a lighter summer bag during cold weather camping, you are going to not get any rest. You could even develop hypothermia or frostbite if it’s very cold.
Be sure that you have a big enough tent for everyone that’s going to need it for shelter at night. With enough room, getting up during the night will not disturb others in the tent, and you can all be comfortable while sleeping.
A cute way to add fun to meals is to make what is known as a “jungle meal”. Bring small cereal boxes, juice drinks and fruit, and keep them tied up high in the trees. When the children awake, tell them that they have to “hunt” to get breakfast. This adds a little sprinkle of adventure and excitement to any camping trip.
Carry a bandana or handkerchief with you. You can use these as hand towels, cleanup towels, pot holders or anything you need cloth for. This is an essential item that does not cost a lot of money and can provide a lot of benefits.
Always remember to bring a roll of duct tape with you when you go camping as it can be used for all manner of things. You can patch holes in your tent, your mattress or your shoes, or secure your tent poles, seal mosquito netting and much, much more.
Is this the first time you are camping? If you are, practice setting up your tent before you go camping. This way, you will know the things you need to put your tent up. This can help you finish it quickly if you get to the campsite prior to it getting dark.
It’s imperative that you take along the things you need when you’re going camping. Forgetting a few simple items could be disastrous for your trip. Lists help people know what they need before they go. Your list should include a sleeping bag, tent, tarp, water, food, knife, soap, fire-starting items and more.
Be sure that you have a good amount of lighting devices with you, as well as means of keeping them running. It is important to see clearly at night, especially if you are venturing away from your site. Having an adequate amount of light can help avoid injuries from falls and running into animals living in the wild. Make sure you have at least enough flashlights for each person to have their own.
Make sure you choose a sleeping bag that is appropriate for where you will be camping. If you are camping in a colder climate, purchase a heavyweight sleeping bag; people who camp in warm weather should use a lightweight sleeping bag. If you are spending the night in a tent in cold weather, a bag that hugs your body and traps your body heat is essential.
Many people forget to set up shelter before night falls. It is really hard to set up a tent in the dark. A flashlight or fire will help you out. This should be done when the sun is present so that you can use natural light.
Bring duct tape with you on your camping adventures. You might have a nice tent, but tears can still happen. A little duct tape can be the difference between a comfortable and dry night’s sleep and a drippy night spent awake.
While it may seem silly, make sure that you pack some toilet paper before you go camping. If you don’t happen to have toilets at your site, your only option will be to go in the woods. Without toilet paper, your only option is to use a few leaves to wipe. This is not pleasant and might even contain poison ivy or poison oak.
One of the most important things to include in packing for your camping trip is a basic first aid kit. This should include anything you might need if you have an accident. Aspirin, splints, wound dressings, bandages, snake bite kits and other essential items should all be found in your kit. Safety is an important consideration when you are camping, but it is important to be prepared for accidents.
Baby wipes or toilet paper are always welcome for camping. While you could certainly “rough it” and use leaves, there’s not really a good reason to torture yourself when wipes and toilet paper are easily transported.
When you are planning a long trip, bring games to increase the amount of fun that you have. If you pack a bunch of electronic gadgets, it might conflict with the reasons why you chose a camping trip. However, there are few things better than sitting by a lake reading a great book or relaxing by a campfire listening to music.
Clearly, camping is an activity that can be enjoyed by virtually everyone. After today, you now know how to get the most out of your next camping trip and plan activities that even those who are the indoor-type can enjoy. Go outside, and take advantage of nature’s pristine bliss.