TV relies heavily on outdoor reality shows, so it is hardly a wonder camping has become so popular. If you think it’s time to take an adventure of your own, learn a few tricks to make your experience into a great one.
It is important to establish and set up your shelter before the sun goes down. Once it is dark in the woods, pitching a tent can be next to impossible, finding firewood can be difficult and preparing food hard. This is particularly the case for city slickers who are unaccustomed to darkness. Avoid this hazard completely, by finding adequate shelter long before the sun goes down.
While it may be that there’s enough wood around to keep a fire going for a long time, some of the wood may be wet and cannot burn no matter what you try. Therefore, take some wood with you on your camping trip and store it in a location where it can remain dry.
Pack in excess for your kids when you are going camping. Camping can be messy. Kids love getting into dirt. This means that by day’s end your children and their clothes can be quite soiled. It is almost impossible to prevent, but luckily, you will not need to worry if you have extra clothes on hand. There is nothing like being prepared!
Make sure to see what the weather forecast is for the town you are camping in. There are websites available to provide information about the typical weather of the area for the time of your planned trip. When you know what to expect, you will have the right clothes packed.
Did you know that dryer lint can make great kindling to get a campfire started? Begin collecting dryer lint a few weeks before your trip. To make it easy to collect dryer lint, simply hang a bag next to the dryer and fill with your lint. That way, it will be convenient to just grab it at put it in your car at the last minute.
An emergency kit is a very important component to have while camping. This kit will change depending on when and where you are camping but should always include the basics. Species specific antivenom should be packed to protect against animal bites.
There is a lot to think about before you go camping. But you’re now likely feeling a little better prepared to handle the basics. You know what you can expect, so focus on enjoying yourself on your trip!