Camping is always a really fun time because there is so much to do and so much to see. That being said you will be spending several days out in the woods so you do need to prepare adequately.
You need to prepare for things like the weather, bugs, and your own needs such as hunger and hygiene too. Here is a list of the top tips you can follow to make sure that you have a fun, warm, and safe camping trip.
1. Check Out The Terrain
One of the things that you should do before you go camping is to check out what the terrain is like. This is important because it will dictate what kinds of equipment and gear you bring on your camping trip.
For example, if you are going camping near a body of water the terrain is probably going to be wet, meaning that you will want to bring waterproof gear. On the other hand, if you are camping in the middle of a forest that is not near water, the conditions will most likely be dryer, but there will also be many rocks and sticks on the ground.
That means you will want to bring some soft sheets or even air mattresses with you to provide some comfort from the hard ground. Also if you are going camping at a high altitude you are going to want to bring warm gear.
2. What’s The Weather Forecast?
The next tip to follow before embarking on your camping trip is to check the weather forecast. This is important because it’s a lot nicer to go camping when it’s warm and sunny out than when it’s wet and cold.
Bad weather can completely ruin your camping trip. Times, when you should be extra diligent in terms of checking the weather, are in early spring and early fall. People like to go camping at those times, but it may get pretty cold, and that’s something that you are going to want to know.
Even if you are going to be camping in cold or wet conditions, at least if you check the weather first you can get a rough idea of what gear and clothing you should be bringing along. The weather will go a long way in dictating what kind of gear you bring along with you because even if you get stuck in a storm you will at least be prepared for it.
3. Getting The Right Sleeping Gear
Perhaps one of the most important things to consider before you start any camping trip is what kind of sleeping bag to bring with you. If it is going to be warm something like a basic sleeping bag that is thinner will do because if it’s too thick you’re just going to be hot the whole time.
On the other hand, if you know that it is going to be cold out when you go camping you will want to bring a sleeping bag with a lower temperature rating to keep you warm during the night. On a side note, you should invest in a sleeping bag that is machine washable because camping is usually a dirty affair so it needs to be easily washed.
Also, you would do well to get a sleeping bag with a built-in pillow so you don’t need to bring one of those along too.
4. Food And Drink
When you go camping you are of course going to need food and drink because after all there aren’t going to be any restaurants in the middle of the woods. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are camping in a territory that is home to bears you need to keep your food sealed in multiple layers of bags and to tie it high up in a tree branch.
If you don’t do this there is a good chance of attracting bears to your campsite. Also, try to bring foods that are easily heated on a fire or foods that can be eaten cold. Once again you probably aren’t going to have a full kitchen so you’re going to need to work with a fire and maybe a grill grate.
5. The Appropriate Clothing
This has to do with some of the previous points such as the weather and the terrain. Always make sure to bring the right clothing for the climate that you are going camping in.
If it is going to be colder you should bring some long sleeve shirts as well as full-length pants, which might be a good idea anyway because even the hottest of summer days can get pretty chilly at night.
You should also bring some kind of waterproof clothing in case it rains. On the other hand, you also want to bring along some shorts and t-shirts for the hot times, not to mention some swimming shorts too. On a side note, you may want to bring both sandals and real hiking boots, especially if you plan on taking some long walks through the woods.
6. Bug Spray
This one is extremely important because, in any place where there is a forest and water too, there will also be mosquitoes and other flying critters that love to suck your blood. Going camping without a good bug spray can effectively ruin your trip because you will spend your whole time swatting at the pesky critters.
The bites itch, they hurt, and they can get infected too. Also remember to get bug spray that has a high level of debt because that is what keeps the bugs away best. You can also try getting some citronella candles to place around the campfire for the night time.
7. Personal First Aid Kit
To be safe you will want to bring a basic first aid kit. Camping can be dangerous because there are all kinds of things that can happen to you. You can twist a leg, get cuts from sticks, scrape your feet on the rocks in the water, get bitten by bugs or bigger animals, or even get burned in the fire.
Bring along a first aid kit with basic supplies such as band aids, gauze, disinfectant, splints, and anything else that comes with a standard first aid kit.
The final thing to remember when camping is your own cleanliness. You may not be able to shower if you aren’t near a campsite and you definitely should be pouring a bunch of soap into the natural environment.
The best thing to do is to bring some sanitary wipes with you and some all natural biodegradable soap so you can wash in a body of water. Try not to bring things that have much of a scent because that will attract bugs and possibly larger predatory animals.