As fun as camping trips are, it’s very possible for you to forget necessary items or not have enough particular necessary items. Unfortunately, life will only get harder from there on.
On a more positive note, however, there is still hope for you to get your packing and planning just right if you read through this informative article. Following the tips and tricks below ensures your trip is enjoyable and stress-free.
1. Plan for the Trip
Planning is the crucial first step to approaching any activity. For your camping trip out in the woods to be successful, you need to know what supplies you will need and how much of them you will need. This is where checklists come in. Making a list of all your necessary items ensures you have those items on hand when you really need them.
Additionally, you can even jot down the sort of activities you plan to do to make your time more memorable.
2. Be There on Time
You have been hiking out on the forest trail for more than half the day with your friends in tow. When the sun is finally down, everyone decides to set up camp for the night. Unfortunately, the day has been so tiring no one can stand to go through the motions of setting up the tents or cooking meals.
Don’t make that mistake! Find the campsite within daylight so you can assess whether the area you have picked is perfect for you. Furthermore, setting up your tent becomes much faster and easier.
3. Consider Your Tent Size
Unless you happen to be under four feet, it is unlikely that an average one-man tent would be enough to fit your entire person. Tent manufacturers tend to mislabel their products in terms of size.
Hence, it is wise to stick to two sizes above what is normally advertised for maximum comfort. For example, if you plan on sharing a tent with your friend, pick a tent that is intended for four people.
4. Pick a Strategic Location for Your Tent
It is important to pick a proper patch of land to set up camp so your cozy little tent doesn’t end up flooded by water or fried by the sun.
Choose Higher Ground
Low lying lands are prone to sinking under water after heavy rains. Your tent and kits risk being drenched. Pick higher ground to remove any chances of this happening.
Steer Clear of Direct Sunlight
Avoid super sunny areas to set up your tent unless you want to cook in the sun. If there are no such areas, put up ground sheets to provide shade and set up fans to cool yourselves.
5. Heed the Instructions when Setting up Camp
An essential step to your camping trip success is knowing how to set up tents and where every peg, rope, and nail goes. This is why reading the instructions is important; otherwise, you might just end up fumbling with tools and messing everything up.
Knowing how the right set up is supposed to look will help pinpoint any faults in your attempt. You can even practice in your backyard to increase chances of success.
6. Pack Wisely
We all know about the importance of packing lighters, matches, and cookware. However, there are several other important things that people never mention but then you realize would have been handy if only you had thought to bring them.
This is why:
Torches are a Must
Whether you decide to take a hike at night or use the bathroom, make sure there is a torch on you. The lush foliage and the knee-high grass quickly become treacherous at night.
You can even trip by getting your foot stuck in a tangle of roots and sustain grievous injuries.
When buying a torch, choose one with high power and is within your budget. A good, bright torch will be easy to use and give off enough light to help you weave your way through the campsite to a more strategic location to do your business. Also, bring spare batteries just in case.
Use an Insulating Sleeping Bag
Do not rely on fires to warm you as you sleep. Any fire source can give off poisonous carbon monoxide. Stick to insulating sleeping bags, which contain roll mats for extra warmth.
Also, dress for the cold and wear many layers. Keep your gloves and socks on.
Bring Ear Plugs to Save Your Eardrums
While escaping to nature is an ideal way to distance oneself from bustling civilization, you may be surprised to hear that at times nature can be just as loud if not more.
The early mornings bring with it the loud squawks and titters of birds, which sabotage your sleep. So, bring earplugs to save your eardrums from all the noise.
Silica Gel Packs Protect Appliances
If you are camping out in a humid area, bring silica gel and store your appliances such as electronics and cookware along with it. The gel helps protect your items from rusting.
Save Space with Substitutes
Save your back and bag from the excess load of many toiletries and supposedly “essential” items. Substitute several items with one whenever possible.
- Bring the Minimum Amount of Toiletries
Instead of bringing many different soaps, shampoos, detergents, stick to one huge bottle of castile soap. It is a gentle cleaner and can be used to wash hair, clothes, skin, and dishes. Plus, using one soap will save you a lot of space and expenses.
If you need moisturizers, get one small bottle of moisturizer for the body and face. Travel sized cosmetics are popular and can commonly be found in stores.
- Microfiber Towels and Newspapers Replace Tissue Papers
For your body, a microfiber towel will serve you better than a regular towel as it is gentle to the skin, weighs less, and is more absorbent. There is less risk of this kind of towel breeding mold.
Bringing old newspapers along will also help you mop up excess water seeping into your shoes or from rain-soaked cookware.
Both of these will drastically reduce your consumption of paper towels, which are environmentally harmful.
- Block Ice Trumps Ice Cubes
A large chunk of ice has less surface area and takes much more time to melt compared to small ice cubes. Keep bigger chunks of ice inside your cooler to preserve food. If you want to consume ice cubes, keep them in a bag to prevent them from melting.
- DIY Pillow Cases
Instead of packing large pillows, roll up some soft clothes and stuff them into your pillowcase. These make for comfortable pillows and take up way less space.
Prepare and Store Food Properly
When camping outside, whether you plan to cook or not, here are some important things to remember:
- Bring Dry, Canned, or Hard Foods
This is especially important if you don’t want to cook. These kinds of foods can prove nutrition and do not rot easily. You can even bring a good old bag of chips, which not only taste good but last longer as well. They may even be handy elsewhere.
Did you know that potato chips like Doritos can be used as a firestarter?
- Keep Your Ingredients Prepared
Cooking can be messy, so it’s best that you chop up your vegetables and meat beforehand then neatly store them away in boxes to save you the trouble.
- Keep Spices in Tic-Tac Containers
If you are planning to cook at the campfire, bringing spices in a tic-tac container instead of huge jars will help save space.
- Eggs Can Be Stored in Bottles
Eggs are vulnerable to cracking. If you plan on eating any, bring your egg mixture in a bottle to make carrying it easier. Also, eat the eggs as soon as possible to prevent getting sick from growing bacteria. Store eggs away in your cooler when not in use.
- Never Leave Your Food or Food Packets Lying Around
In campsites where there may be animals nearby, avoid doing this at all costs. You may attract bears or other animals willing to harm you for a chance to eat your food.
Keep all food stored away in your car or tightly seal it away in a Tupperware box.
7. Keep Your Tent Clean
The relief at getting back home and enjoying its comforts again makes it easy to forget about the sweaty tent you spent a week camping in. Don’t do it! Clean the tent thoroughly before putting it away so it is prepared for the next use. Negligence will breed mold and damage it.
Hopefully, this article has briefed you on all the essentials so your week out camping in nature is safe and enjoyable. Stay safe and happy camping!
Angie Grey, an expert author from Faveable.com brings you all you need to know about fashion and grooming. She loves the outdoors and travels the world like a nomad.