Camping Tips and Essentials

An enjoyable activity to participate in with your family or friends is camping. Everyone should try it when they are given the opportunity. But it’s always important to plan your trip out and plan properly before embarking on your excursion. The article below has great tips to help you get started.

Always follow safety guidelines during your camping trip. Make sure to avoid all bears and larger wildlife in the wilderness. Small wildlife, such as squirrels, can be very dangerous despite their tiny size. Avoid feeding bears if you happen to see them.

At first, this may seem so counter intuitive to the whole idea of camping, but I am sure playing cards, and marshmallows were considered luxury items at one time as well. If you own an iphone, there are some great apps available that will help improve your overall camping experience. They can give you basic advice on first-aid, stargazing, help identifying animal tracks, maps, trails, and can even turn your phone into an impromptu flash light in a pinch. Just having the Boy Scout handbook app downloaded onto your phone could prove a lifesaver in an emergency. However, if you happen to be camping where you have a signal! Good lord! Please don’t text! Give that a rest!

To remain comfortable while tent camping, keep your tent ventilated and dry. When you’re sleeping in a fully sealed tent, the condensation will build up everywhere just from you sweating and sleeping. This can make you wake up soaked. Make sure that vents are open to provide the ventilation that prevents this build up of moisture. If your tent does not have a vent, crack a door or window open instead.

When roaming around the campsite, always carry a map. It is quite easy to become lost in unfamiliar territory. Having a map to guide you will ensure you find your way before darkness falls.

You should be able to identify poisonous plants before camping. Many plants that are poisonous closely resemble the harmless vegetation that grows in wooded areas, so it’s important to be able to distinguish the differences between them. You can use books at your library or the Internet to find the information you need. Knowing what they look like will help you avoid coming in contact with these type of plants.

You next camping trip can turn out to be a weekend full of relaxation or it can be a nightmare. The difference between these two comes down to one thing – preparation. If you are able to think ahead about what you might come across, and protect yourself against it, you will have a great time camping.

If you decide to take a pet camping, you have to pack with them in mind. Bring a leash so that they are contained at all times. Perhaps the best way to ensure that your pet is safe is to bring a leash. Take them to the vet prior to the trip to ensure that they are up-to-date on their shots. Bring along food, bowls and clean water. You have to clean up any messes that they leave behind.

Camping provides the inevitable experience that you, your family and most of your possessions will probably get dirty. When you know that going in, you won’t stress out when it happens. Have fun on your trip and don’t worry about getting messy; it happens. There’s plenty of time for showers and being super clean once you’re home again.

As was briefly mentioned, much fun can be had while camping, and you should always keep the advice shared here in mind. Apply what you’ve just learned prior to leaving for your next trip. By using these tips, you can have a fun trip, for sure.

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