It’s no secret camping can be a lot of fun! But when things go wrong, you may sometimes think twice about the experience.
If you’d like to have a great time camping, here’s some things you should avoid when heading out:
Never Arrive There In The Dark – Setting up camp in the dark is hard, and it can be dangerous, as well. Even in the best-groomed campsites, there are often sticks, rocks, holes, or lumps of dirt, which can become tripping hazards when you run into them full-tilt carrying a tent pole. You might have headlights and flashlights, which can help, but nothing tops arriving early in the day so you can assess your surroundings. Also, arriving in the light means that you can find things like the all-important toilet. If you can’t avoid arriving at nighttime, do your best to light in the area as much as possible by tying flashlights to trees, setting a lantern up in the middle of the living area. Finally, before you set up your tent, take your time clearing the area of debris and anything that might hurt you.
Never Forget Warm Clothes – Weather can be something unexpected while you’re camping, and it’s always best to be prepared with the right clothing. Since most camping happens during warm months, people tend to forget warm clothes. It’s easy to ignore the fact that nights are almost always cooler than days, and that rain storms or cold winds can happen without warning. And, sometimes, you will want long pants and long sleeves for different reasons, like to keep bugs from biting or to keep the sun off you. If you’re heading to a mountainous or high desert area, it’s even more important that you bring warm clothes. Nighttime temperatures in both of these climates are significantly colder than daytime ones, and you could end up miserable and ill without the right clothing.
Never Leave Your Food Out – Critters love human food, and they will get into anything you leave out. Even small animals, like chipmunks and squirrels, can make a huge mess, and the food isn’t very good for them, either. In some areas, you risk a run-in with something less desirable, like a bear or a skunk. And don’t store food in your tent, either, because you certainly don’t want animals in there! Usually, it is fine to put dry food in your car and to close and latch your cooler. In some areas, where bears are known to roam, you will need to make your food even more secure. Find out ahead of time what is required and make sure you have the supplies and know-how to do that.
Never Forget Toilet Paper – Even when your campsite has a real bathroom, bring your toilet paper. You never know when a campground bathroom will run out of toilet paper in the middle of the night, or when you’ll be out by the lake or on a hike and find yourself in need. In these cases, it’s so much less awkward to have the supplies you need. Sure, you have to trek it along in the first place, but it will save you a headache in the end.
Never Bring Equipment You Don’t Know How to Use – Doesn’t matter how experienced you are… Each tent goes up a little differently, and it pays to know exactly how the one you brought works. The same goes for any other gear: your stove, your hydration pack, your nifty new camp-cooking appliance. Take it out of the box and figure it out before you leave. Otherwise, you waste valuable camping time and try your own patience, not to mention that of the people camping with you. In case you don’t have the chance to put up your tent at least once before you leave, make sure you have plenty of light and plenty of time once you arrive at your destination to figure it out.
Hope you all enjoy your stay. If you have something to add or suggest to this article, please comment below!