Ah–going camping. Time in nature makes great memories for a family, couples or just yourself. Camping is an exciting and fun way to experience nature, but there is a lot of information that you need to know before going. The following advice can help you properly plan for your next camping trip.
If you have a new tent, practice setting it up at home before your trip. That way, you can make sure you have everything you need to set up the tent, including knowledge of how to do it properly. This can eliminate the frustration of trying to set up your tent in a hurry.
Ensure that your tent is large enough for all of the potential occupants. This ensures the most comfortable sleeping arrangement and allows you to move about without disturbing others.
Take a class on how to do first aid. This is especially important if you are taking kids with you. In an emergency, your first aid training could be the difference between life and death. Be sure to do thorough research too. Be aware of poisonous flora and fauna, as well as of what sounds animals make.
Make your kids a “jungle breakfast”. Tie up small boxes of juice, cereal and food to a tree. Make your children “hunt” them in the wild; like a great outdoorsman. This is a fun game for the kids and makes their camping experience more interesting.
Oranges can be used for insect repellent. Save all the orange peels. Before mosquitoes attack, rub them on exposed skin.
Make sure to bring duct tape on your camping trip to fix almost any problem. You can patch holes in your tent, your mattress or your shoes, or secure your tent poles, seal mosquito netting and much, much more.
If camping is new for you, start somewhere nearby. If you have any equipment issues, it is better and easier to cut your trip short when you do not have so far to travel. Maybe you’ll run low on food or not have enough clothing with you. A lot of issues can happen to those camping the first time, so camp not too far away on your initial adventure.
Make sure you choose a sleeping bag that is appropriate for where you will be camping. Lighter bags might be good ideas for warmer climates and seasons to avoid unnecessary weight and space usage, but make sure that you have a heavy enough bag to stay warm in cold conditions. 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.
Pesky mosquito bites can be avoided with an orange peel. This is especially helpful if you forget bug spray, but have oranges on hand, or can borrow them from someone at your camping trip. Experts say that if you rub your body with the inside of the orange peel, it will keep the annoying bugs away. The mosquitoes should steer clear of you for several hours.
Try to arrange all of your clothing in advance before you go on a camping trip. Pack plenty of different items of clean clothing for all types of weather. Also, before you leave, check the climate to determine what types of clothes to bring. You should pack at least one pair of durable closed-toed boots.
Think about where to set up camp before you do. Try to steer clear of wasp nests or other pest havens. Granted, even if you are cautious, you should still protect yourself from insects using long garments to keep them off of your skin. You should also have insect repellent.
A simple and obvious piece of advice is that you should create your shelter when it is still light. It is very hard to put up a tent when it is dark. You will need to build a fire or have a sufficient number of flashlights. It is easier if you do it while it is still daylight.
Bring waterproof matches to make sure you can start a fire while camping. The container should be airtight. You can convert standard matches into waterproof ones simply by dipping each one into substances like nail polish or paraffin. You can store these matches in something like a medicine bottle or empty film container.
It is important in tent building to close any and all seams on the tent. You can buy a tube at most sporting goods stores if your tent did not come with any. Sealing the seams of your tent will prevent any insects or water from getting inside.
Although camping is one of the all-time favorite vacation activities, without proper planning and packing, it can be a disastrous and even dangerous time for anyone! With any luck, the piece above has given you the tools necessary to create a wonderful camping adventure.