Going camping can provide with a serene and stress relieving experience. Fresh air, beautiful scenery and just that sort of lightness you get when there’s nothing to worry about and you can just enjoy your life. To make your camping experience as stress-free and smooth as possible you must stay prepared. Here are some useful tips and cool camping gear, which can contribute in making your next camping trip trouble-free and fun.
#1 Know how to pack your backpack
There’s no need to torture your back during the camping trip, so choose the ideal weight for your backpack according to the time you intend to spend camping. Try to not carry more than 30 percent of your body weight, and keep the heaviest objects (like water) as close to your back as possible.
#2 Know how to hydrate
Speaking of water, you have to be very cautious of dehydration during your camping trip. Organized camping sites usually have a source of clean water, but still be sure to plan and organize for water storage in your camp (gallon jugs or water carriers might be a good starting point). And don’t forget about carrying your own personal water bottle!
#3 Know how to deal with mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can be real party killers during camping, and you don’t want to return from the camping trip itching and bitter. Research mosquito control products and take the one with you. Plus, remember that peppermint oil repels mosquitoes and perfumes attract them.
#4 Know how to choose the best tent for you
Remember that if you’re buying a two-person tent, then it will be able to fit in two people, but it will also be extremely crowded in there. Additionally, account for the weather conditions you’re sure to face, but if you’re camping in summer, spring or fall the tent will probably have you covered.
#5 Know how to stay safe while camping
Remember to bring the first-aid kit with you stacked with antiseptic, blister treatment, painkillers, bandages, antibacterial ointment, sunscreen, antihistamine if you’re allergic and tweezers (especially during ticks season). That’s the bare minimum that you can add to according to your personal needs.
#6 Know how to dress for the camping trip
Camping is no fashion show, so dress first and foremost for comfort. Choose sturdy and comfortable hiking boots, warm and moisture wicking clothing and thick socks. And of course remember about a sunhat and a raincoat.
#7 Know how to choose the right food
Whether you are planning to cook on the campsite or not, it’s a good idea to bring healthy energy-providing snacks with you. Do not get loaded on extremely salty and oily food or food with high white sugar content. Instead, consider beef jerky, canned beans or soup, almonds, peanut butter, regular instant oatmeal – easy to pack and won’t spoil.
#8 Know what essentials to pack
We’ve already covered some things that go into this category, like food or first-aid kit, but you have to remember to take a sleeping bag, a flashlight, extra batteries, personal hygiene items, a pocket knife or a multipurpose survival tool.
#9 Know how to start a fire
When you think of camping, you probably expect a warm campfire in the evening with s’mores and scary stories. If you’re planning on doing something like that, then be sure to have something to start a fire (a fire starting kit or cotton balls with petroleum jelly) with. You’ll also need kindling and logs to sustain it.
#10 Know how to choose a camping site
Camping in the wild might not be a good option for beginners, so maybe start looking for organized camping sites. The good things with those is that you can research them, read the reviews and learn what essentials will already be there on site.