Top Tips for First Time Campers
Camping is a fun and enjoyable activity that anyone could participate in. Camping with families and friends can offer an unforgettable kind of holiday. There are also various benefits to health and mind that camping could bring. However, for first time campers, there are many things that they need to know to ensure best experience when camping.
Here Is the List of What You Should Do:
Do Research About Where You Are Going
In order to prevent inconvenient incident like raining or campsite’s unavailability, always read up on where you are going. First, knowing about weather or conditions in the campsite will help you pack appropriate clothes and boots.
Secondly, check campsite’s facilities such as water and toilets or Wi-Fi access. If you are unsure, you could go to the websites, email or make a phone call to campsite’s staff for advice about costs, facilities they offer and so on. Some campsites are open seasonally or booked months in advance, remember to also check campsite’s availability as well. Also ask about campsite’s specific feature to know where is the best place you could put your tent. Ideally, it is somewhere with shade and grass. Another tip is do not set up your tent in a low lying area. If it rains at night, the day after, you will see yourself sleeping in a puddle.
Practice, Make A List And Check All Your Equipment Beforehand
Try to learn how to set up your tent at home first, try to do it multiple times before you can set it up with no difficulty. Furthermore, try all the new items you buy to make sure you know how to make them work. Spend time to read their instructions and manuals in advance.
Even if you know clearly how they work, check them one more time before you set off. It’s worth checking all the equipment to make sure they are ready on the campsite.
Make a list of what you should bring to the campsite and go over it when you pack all your belongings into the car to make sure you do not forget anything. The essential items are tent, sleeping bad, cooking gear, First aid kit, food and a lot of bottles of water. The lack of small items like batteries will become a disaster if your light is out of power at night.
You should also plan for your meals as well. Write down how many meals you need, how many people will be eating. Prepare extra snacks just because extra activities will make you all hungrier.
Buying Not So Cheap But Not So Expensive Goods
If you intend to go camping frequently, it is advisable you buy goods with brands and guarantee. Ask for advice before you buy anything. There are some basic pieces of camping equipment that you need to buy such as waterproof tent, lighting, shovel, First-Aid kit and bedding. Remember to check for the weight of the equipment that you are going to buy, because you have to carry them somehow when go camping.
It is also a good idea to borrow high quality and expensive items from your friends first. Try all you can before you decide to buy what is the most suitable for you.
Read All About Safety And Camping Etiquette
Make sure you read all general tips about safety as well as reading relevant rules of a specific camp. For example do not feed wildlife animals or feed yourself some delicious berries you see near the campsite. Some campsite ban fire so make sure you know about it and prepare ready-meal in advance. If you are allowed to fire, remember not to fire near woods or on vegetation. Allow all woods to be fully burn into fine ash. Also for your comfort, do not leave foods and snacks in your tent so that bugs and ants could fly in. Remember to close your tent all the time to prevent mosquito.
There are also several camping etiquette you need to remember:
- Do not put your tent too close to other campers: allow much space between you and them as possible. You might want to chat but they might want some personal time.
- Do not walk through other people’s tents but walk around them.
- Always remember to take your rubbish with you. Do not putting bottle caps, glass and tins in the firepit, some people may accidentally burn it. Also do not leave any food or snack left. They may attract unwanted wildlife animals to the campsite. Leave the campsite with no trace behind.
- Be respectful to other campers by not making so much noise, especially in the early mornings or at nights. Do not leave your generator running all day long. Leave the campsite’s facilities clean.
These tips about safety and etiquette are not complicated. It is even just common sense so make sure you could follow them.
Here are all tips about what you should do to make the most out of your first time going camping. Better preparation will ensure your safety as well as your good time at the campsite. If you are still not confident enough, go with someone with experience. Do not worry much. Camping will help you learn survival lessons what you will never forget for the rest of your life.