Simple Tips to Avoid Tent Camping Disaters
– By MeSome people associate camping with bugs, dirt and boredom. Your camping trip doesn't have to be a disaster. Proper planning allows you to have fun and enjoy abounding nature while camping. You can even repel insects if you plan appropriately. Read on to learn what it takes to plan a great trip.
Survival Kit A survival kit doesn't have to be huge. An old fishing tackle box is a great way to keep everything organized, and is easy to store and carry. Include things in your survival kit such as band-aids, safety pins, alcohol wipes, waterproof matches, a multi-tool, flashlight, bandages, hydrocortisone cream, iodine tablets (for water purification), and a flare gun. Include anything else you think you may need depending on the needs of those you will be camping with. The Tent Choose a tent large enough for everyone that will be expected to use it. Most tents list a capacity on the packaging, however, that is the maximum for only sleeping. Aim a bit bigger if you plan to store items in your tent in addition to people. With enough room, getting up during the night will not disturb others in the tent, and you can all be comfortable while sleeping and still have enough room for storing items such as clothing, backpacks, or a cooler.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast and plan accordingly. While no forecast is completely accurate, setting up camp in a thunderstorm can be an awful experience. If you arrive at your campsite in nice weather, get busy and set up right away. Then, if the weather does turn, you will not have to deal with being cold and wet while trying to get organized.
Take a bandana or handkerchief with you. You can use these as hand towels, cleanup towels, pot holders or anything you need cloth for. This is a critical item that does not cost a lot of money and can provide a lot of uses around the campsite.
Before the sun goes down Along with trying to set up in decent weather, be sure to arrive at your camping destination with sunlight on the clock. Set up your tent, sleeping bags, and any other essentials that may be difficult to do via flashlight. When placing your tent, find a spot that is level, dry, and free of sharp rocks or debris. Become familiar with your surroundings prior to sundown for your own safety. This will also allow you to plan out the evening ahead for things such as food, bathroom, and activities.
There are many items in terms of camping equipment that you should bring on your trip. Critical items such as sleeping bags, lanterns, and your survival kit can be kept securely in a tote labeled "camping." This way, all you have to do is remember the tote — and not all of the items inside!
If you are taking young children, you will want to have an arsenal of activities for them to do while camping. You do not necessarily need to take things with you, but plan to utilize what is already there. After all, part of camping is getting back to nature. Try to help them create things with sticks and pine cones, teach them how to skip rocks, make a game of collecting firewood. If you can turn a chore that you would have to do into an activity for the kids, everyone is a winner.
Make sure that your kids know some basic camping safety. The plants and animals that you encounter on your camping trip may be very different from what they are used to. They should be aware of their surroundings and know what to avoid should they encounter it. Take your kids around your camping area and pointing out potential hazards now, could save a nasty bout with poison ivy later.
Have a few activities planned that you can do while camping. Playing cards, board games, books, and fishing poles can provide lots of entertainment. If you are taking children, be sure to have a few things that they can do as well — especially if it rains.
Take some preventative steps in order to avoid accidentally draining the batteries in your flashlights during your next camping adventure. You may remove the batteries altogether and stash them in your survival kit, or simply turn the batteries around in the flashlight so that if the switch does get bumped on accidentally, you will not waste any battery power.
Sleeping Bag Consideration Whether you choose a bedroll or sleeping bag, make sure that it is weather appropriate. Camping during hot summer nights does not require a heavy duty bag, but you may want to bring one, and roll a sheet inside of it. Then, you can lay on top of the bag for padding but still have a light cover. If the nights are cooler, generally a mid-weight bag that you can crawl into will work best. Check zippers and ties before you leave to ensure maximum comfort when you are sleeping in your tent.
Tent camping can be quite enjoyable and rewarding. Follow these suggestions as a guide for preparing for your next camping adventure. They are great for helping you steer clear of camping pitfalls so that you can enjoy nothing but the benefits and pleasures that tent camping offers.