Something as seemingly simple as camping might seem as though little planning is necessary. This is not the case. The better planning you do, the more fun you can have. The tips below will help you in finding the best plan for your next camping trip so you are prepared for anything.
A great item to put in your camping backpack when going in the back country is a Ziploc bag filled with dryer lint. There is no better fire starting material than dryer lint. It will hold a spark and get your fire going quickly and efficiently. Dryer lint takes up almost no space in your pack and is very light weight.
Water is very important when camping. When camping at a campground, there should be ample supply of water available, but on the trail, you will have to carry some with you. If you are going long distances, you should probably carry iodine tablets to sanitize any water you find before drinking. Be careful, dysentery can be deadly.
Always keep a close eye on yourself, your family, and your possessions; as they will all get a little dirty. Being prepared for this will make sure you don’t stress too much when it occurs. Enjoy your time and don’t afraid to be messy. When you return home, make sure to stay as organized as possible.
As a courtesy to other campers, don’t leave your lighting on overnight, if you are close to others. Pack a timer that you can attach to your lights that will automatically shut them off after a certain time. Leaving lights on overnight is a popular complaint among most American campers!
A first aid kit or survival kit is imperative for camping. This kit should include water-purifying tablets, a first-aid kit, flare gun, survival knife and waterproof matches. If you were to get lost or were put in an emergency situation, the survival kit will be of great help. Keep it with you at all times when you leave your campsite for any reason.
Check the weather updates for the camping site that you choose to go to. There are dozens of websites that can tell you about local climates. This way you will know what type of clothing to pack and the equipment you need.
Pour out any water that has accumulated in your freezer each day. You want to do this to prevent the ice inside from melting into the water. It is also a good idea because any contaminants that have entered the water from foods you have in, can be poured off.
If you will be camping somewhere that is very far away from civilization, then make sure you have told several people where you will be as well as how long you are intending to stay. Ask them to call you on the day you are supposed to return to ensure your safety.
It’s important that you make an effort to ensure that all camping gear you will need is packed before you leave to go camping. It would be horrible to forget something important like the tent or camp mat. Check to make sure you have everything you need with a check list prior to going on your trip.
When camping, most people enjoy relaxing around a campfire. To prevent your fire from becoming out of control, you should incorporate a few safety practices. First of all, build your fire away from bushes and trees so that sparks from your fire will not start a forest fire. You will also want to use a circle of rocks to contain your campfire. Do not ever leave your fire unattended. Before leaving your campsite, make sure your campfire has been totally extinguished and that there are no remaining hot embers.
You should now see how much planning actually needs to be put into a great camping trip. Now that you know, you should begin preparing for a trip in which you are ready for anything. Follow this guide and you will soon be camping under the stars and having a great time.