You may be tempted to rush right out and go camping, but there are things you need to know and do first. Keep reading to find insights and advice for planning a successful camping trip.
Make sure to find your shelter before it gets dark. When night falls, making food, finding wood, and pitching your tent can be very difficult. This is particularly important if you are not used to doing things in the dark. Try to avoid setting up after the sun sets.
Keep in mind that everything and everyone that goes camping is going to get quite dirty. If you are prepared for that before you go, it will cause less stress when it happens. Allow yourself to be improper, messy and just “let go” while outside. You can go back to normal when you go home.
Make sure that all of your friends and family are involved in choosing the camping site. One of the things you will want to discuss is which state you would like to visit. There are many sites in the country to visit that are nearby and are very beneficial. Try to select a short-list and then put it to a family vote.
Consider having a “jungle breakfast” if you are on a camping trip with children. Use serving sized boxes of cereal, pieces of fruit and juice boxes and tie them to trees near your campsite. Once the kids are awake, they can go search for their food. This can add some magic to their camping trip.
Not only are oranges a great snack for camping, but they also serve as a natural mosquito repellant. Save the peels when you’re done eating and gently rub them on your face, arms, legs or any other exposed areas, and you keep the pesky bugs away with no harsh chemicals and for a great price!
Duct tape is a handy tool to carry when you are camping. From mending tent holes to fixing shoes, duct tape can be used for a lot of repair work in a pinch.
Buy some camping pillows. Standard bed pillows tend to get sticky in humid weather. As they absorb moisture from the air, they can become covered in mildew rather quickly. Pillows designed for camping have a coating on them that does not all the moisture to be absorbed.
Be sure to pack a sufficient amount of the proper foods. Depending on the length of your stay, you will want food that is not very perishable. If you get sick on your outing because of the food, that will put a damper on things. Use proper food preparation techniques and make sure you are well-read regarding the precautions you should take.
Keep a close eye on your dog while you are camping and always keep him on a leash. You may encounter people with a fear of dogs. You should keep that in mind while you are on your camping trip. You do not want then to ruin anyone’s campsite due to lack of supervision.
When you are prepared for the trip, you will enjoy camping much more. Using the advice presented here will give you the confidence to set out on your own safe and relaxing camping adventures.