Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers patiently await the summer season to plan that much-needed camping trip. A time to get away from the hustle and bustle, be up close with nature and adventure at the same time. For people who are yet to embark on their first camping trip things can get a bit overwhelming. Fret not; help is at hand. With this article, we’ve compiled a list of things you must and must not do in order to get the best first camping experience. Read on to know more.
Pick a campsite that is easily approachable
Do not try to overachieve on your first camping trip, a mistake that most first-timers tend to make. It’s best to choose a campsite that is a short drive and hike away from your location. You don’t want to end up too exhausted to pitch your tent after a treacherous hike that you undertook to impress your friends. Take it easy and take it slow.
Double check your gear before starting
It’s likely your first camping trip will include a lot of gear that you’re unfamiliar with. Take time to get used to the equipment. Sleep in the sleeping bag a night before to get things started, practise pitching the tent in your backyard, ensure your food and water supplies are ample, and your pocket knife is sharp.
Be aware of wild animals in the area
Ask any experienced camper, and you will know the importance of being aware of your surroundings. Novice campers will benefit a lot from reading up on the area they plan to camp in. This will give you a general idea about what to expect. It’s not only about bears or coyotes, but a harmless looking badger can also create trouble if rubbed the wrong way. So soaking up all the information on what’s good or bad will definitely come handy on your first camping trip.
Speak to pros and old timers
When it comes to camping all advice is good advice. Talk to seasoned camping experts to know more about the tips and tricks to get your first camping trip off to a good start. Get advice on best camping sites, good hiking trails or hidden fishing spots. A pro camper will always be more than happy to share their knowledge about camping life and how to enjoy it to the fullest.
This applies beyond camping as well. Be considerate to people who will use the campsite after you leave. Plus littering will attract attention from the wildlife, which you would want to avoid. Carry garbage bags and zip ties if you anticipate creating a lot of garbage. This bag should be carried back with you and can be disposed of away from the campsite.
Leave food items in the open
Like mentioned earlier, attracting wild animals on your camping trip is something that you should avoid. Open food packets and cans will definitely do that, so finish all open edibles or stash them away safely for another day.
Forget camping essentials
Items like mosquito repellent, extra batteries, maps, matchboxes, rainproof clothing and a sturdy camping knife are only some of the things that you should not forget to pack.
Camping trips are a great way to get outdoors and experience the magic of nature first hand. As a first time camper keep these things in mind to ensure your trip becomes as exciting as you wanted it to be. Keep your loved ones informed about your camping trip and get ready to soak in the adventure. Happy camping.