Many people look at camping trips as great escapes from their daily stresses and lives. But, without the proper planning, your trip might not be so enjoyable. Keep reading to find tips and advice for ensuring that your next camping adventure goes off without a hitch.
A good multi-purpose tool needs to be part of your camping gear. There are two kinds to bring. First is the saw/hammer/axe 3-in-1 tool to use for firewood and other chores. The other is the standard multi-purpose tool with a variety of tools on it like a can opener, tweezers, scissors, and a knife.
Before you head out on your long-awaited camping trip, make sure the area where you plan to camp doesn’t require a camping permit. If you happen to camp in a place that does require one and you didn’t get one, then you could be facing quite a hefty ticket or fine from a local forest ranger.
You might imagine that nature has an inexhaustible supply of firewood, but there might be nothing but wet wood that refuses to burn. It’s smart to bring your own wood and make sure it stays in a dry area.
When it is time for you to go to sleep, it is a good idea to put the coolers that you brought along into your vehicle. Bears have become quite savvy these days and have figured out that these coolers usually carry food items and this will attract them to your campsite.
Dryer lint can make great kindling for creating campfires. Start collecting lint from the filter in your tumble dryer several weeks before your camping adventure. Keep a plastic bag right next to the dryer and put the lint in there. Using this method, you can acquire kindling and camp in the same day.
Be prepared for colder weather than expected when choosing a sleeping bag to bring on your camping trip. Always choose a sleeping bag rated for a temperature range just below what you’re expecting, even in the summertime. Also, sleeping bags made with synthetic fibers will dry out faster if it rains unexpectedly, but natural fiber sleeping bags will be lighter to carry.
Bring a first aid kit. Camping is fun. It can also be a bit dangerous. Always be prepared. Small scrapes and rashes can be especially common out in nature. Bring along an emergency first aid kit full of anything you might need. You’ll be happy you did if something goes wrong.
Be certain your camp fire is completely out before you leave a campsite. To your eye it may seem like the fire is gone, but stir the ashes with a stick and you may find burning embers. Pour enough water and keep stirring until you see no more embers in the fire pit.
As stated before, camping is generally a great time away. However, if you fail to make proper preparations, your camping trip could very easily turn into a complete disaster. Use this advice to make sure that the next time you go camping, everything goes smoothly. Most importantly, however, remember to have fun!