Loving outdoor adventure has certainly become one best choice of people today with all these technological breakthroughs. Connecting with the mountains, the beaches or wilderness can be an amazing or breaking experience. To get the most of what nature has to offer and make camping more memorable, check out these helpful tips.
Almost all valuable information can be checked on guidebooks, online maps and impressive campsite apps. Local guide and trek leaders would also be very helpful. Since there are different types of camping, it’s best to choose the one that suits you or your group. Advance planning and reservations should be done for a safe and comfortable camping.
Look for a site that is flat and very nice for your tent. Although it will always be impossible to find a level spot, a slight incline is ok, as long as your head is higher than your legs. A flat area is relatively to be considered if rain is likely, since dip sites means pool and puddles can be created and the higher risk for tents to fill in with water.
An actual good camp location is like choosing your own home. If trekking in large group, choose an area that is large enough to accommodate every tent. If campers include kids, near ponds, lakes and streams would be a great bonus for them to explore. An opportunity for them to go fishing, climb trees and play on logs and boulders. Consider spot where you can witness the sunrise but a bit deeper in the woods so the tent can’t heat up at peak hours of the day. There are established campsites created in your local government that are preferably safe and secure. Be sure to follow the assigned territory and not cross restricted areas for security reasons.
Before heading on a camping trip, update on weather forecast to avoid discomforts. There are areas where weather pattern changes and it’s good to pay special attention especially in gorges. Exposed hilltops and ridges can be subject to frequent storms and it’s best to avoid camping in these areas. As Dave Barry quotes “It always rains on tents. Rainstorms can travel millions of miles, against the winds and has the opportunity to rain on your tent.”
Dead trees and dead branches should be checked on as it causes real danger to campers. Make sure that branches overhead are all alive and cannot fall if wind dislodged them. Be very extra careful with camping set up to avoid injury and worst get killed when trees or branches fall. Other inanimate objects like big rocks or boulders that could fall or roll down on a hill can be included in this category. Even live trees in areas with strong winds can also be very unsafe
With very careful planning, some wild things such as snakes, mosquitoes, ants, ticks, etc. can be avoided. Settle your tent 10 to 15 feet from lakes and streams because these insects are swarming down closer to the water surface. Some mosquitoes and ants are dangerous because they are disease carrier. You can keep away from these by making a good fire near your tent. Check on snake habitats like holes or ledges covered with roots. You must be protected from poisonous creatures like scorpions and spiders. Wild animals like raccoons are attracted to food in your camp and don’t be surprised if they dine on your supply. Mountain lions, wolves and bears are truly dangerous predators and it’s best to have a weapon like a spear or knife at your side.
Setting up a camp near the ocean, a lake, river or stream can add color to your camping experience especially if kids are around. Just make sure the youngsters are safe if they go on swimming. Having plenty of drinking water is always a priority and this can be taken from rivers and streams. Purifying the water supply is through boiling; iodine drops or use Halazone tablets.
If rain does come, make sure set up camps are far away from water ledges and are above flood line.
Going on a camping trip does not mean carrying every wilderness survival tool. There are some essential things that should be brought when camping because they are so necessary.
Things like fire starters should be placed in a waterproof case. You need to have a multi- purpose survival knife as you need to do a lot of cutting chores. Item like first aid kit should be accessible any time. You must also choose the proper clothing for the cold of the night or even on a hot sunny day. Plastic whistle, signal mirror and compass are lightweight objects you can pack, so there are no reasons not to have these in your survival kit.
Never settle on a camping spot if you are surrounded with many folks to respect and protect the quality of their experience. Many head out for camping for reasons of relaxation and unwinding, so if possible try not to crowd other campers for you also want to enjoy the moment in your own spot.
Practicing good stewardship with our surrounding nature takes the “Leave No Trace” principle. This has been promoted, understood widely and are adopted by outdoor lovers. Guests in the camp sites should consider and be aware of what they make in the wild. Dispose off human waste, leftover foods, hygiene products and all other trash properly. Always clean the area, cleaner than you set in.
Natural objects like plants, flowers, trees and rocks should be left untouched. Historic and cultural structures can be examined but be cared as you found it.
Going on camping gives you a wonderful chance to build a stronger relationship with family or friends. If you are all alone, it allows you to bond with everything Mother Nature has to offer.
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