In life, people are in one of two camps (pun intended!), they either love pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars, or they simply couldn’t think of anything more horrifying! Whether you’re a camping lover or a hater, here are some top tips to help improve your camping trips and who knows, you may even end up loving it!
Make sure you have the right gear
If you don’t have everything you need, you’re going to have a pretty lousy time! When choosing a tent, make sure it can comfortably fit your group in it, as well as all of their belongings and supplies – you don’t want to leave anything outside overnight! It’s essential that you will be warm when you sleep so bring enough sleeping bags and bedding for everyone. If you can, use something that you can put underneath you so you’re sleeping on something softer than hard ground, such as an air mattress, or even just another sleeping bag to cushion your body. Make sure you have packed any safety equipment you might need, as well as a first aid kit and plenty of clean drinking water.
Food and drink
Although you may be planning to fish or hunt your food, make sure you also have plenty of food packed just in case it doesn’t work out. It’s useful to have some things that are ready to be eaten rather than just meals that need preparing, as this will save you time. If you are camping in an area where bears may be around, use secure storage containers to ensure that the smell doesn’t lure them over!
Plan some adventures!
Sometimes, the best thing about camping is the fact that you don’t have to do a whole lot and you can still enjoy it. That said, sometimes it’s nice to have a few ideas already thought of before you arrive, in case you find yourself feeling a little bored. These don’t have to be anything too structured, but perhaps check out local walking routes, if there are water sports events or even just pack some games or a deck of cards.
Be a fire starter
Although there is something very primitive and cool about starting a fire from scratch using some twigs, it is not always practical or doable. Fire is a pretty important part of camping as it is how you keep warm, boil water and cook food so without it you’re going to have some trouble. Even if you’re pretty confident in your fire-making skills, take along some fire starting equipment just in case. Some people swear by a used toilet roll inner with lint from the dryer inside as a DIY recycled fire starter! It’s better to be over prepared than end up having to cut your trip short because you can’t get a fire going!
A lot of camping negatives come from not being prepared, or not having the right equipment. As long as you are ready for any eventuality, and you go into a weekend camping with an open mind expecting to have a great time, the chances are that you will love it!