No one is perfect, and camping trips aren’t a place to start this quest for perfection. However, with some basic forethought, you can at least make your time in the woods as comfortable as possible.
Where to start?
The first step is to make sure that you are as prepared as possible. This means making sure that, among other things, you have the appropriate equipment and the ability to use it. Make sure you know how your tent works before heading off on a camping trip. If you need help, get it before you leave. If something goes wrong, the only thing that can be done is to get back home as quickly as possible.
Second, you need to consider where your camping trip is going to take place. If it’s someplace warmer than where you live, be sure to pack accordingly. What clothes are appropriate for this climate? Remember that many climates can go from hot during the day to cold at night so dress up in layers, so you can peel off or add according to how warm or cool it is outside.
If you’re taking an especially long camping trip (a week +) take items that might not usually be associated with this activity such as candy bars, salt, and pepper packets, and of course, a portable blender for camping to enjoy a variety of healthy smoothies and drinks… Make sure that even non-perishable items are packed securely, as the rough ride of a car or truck might just jostle them open and cause them to spill everywhere.
Here is what will make your camping easier and comfortable:
1. Portable Safe
In most camping areas, there have been incidents of theft. A safe will go a long way in keeping your gear secure. Be sure to bring a lock or two so that no one can open it up and steal anything from inside. This is important because a stolen cell phone or camera could mean a real problem for your trip.
2. Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries
You may find yourself in a situation where you need to get up during the night for some reason — to go to the bathroom, answer nature’s call, get a snack from your car, or do something else. It would be helpful if you have a flashlight or headlamp on hand, so you can see what you’re doing without having to ruin everyone’s sleep by striking a match or using your campfire. It is always best practice not to wander off too far from your campsite anyway … but should anything happen that requires that you do, then at least this way you’ll be able to see where you’re going. Lamps will also come in handy for reading or performing other nighttime activities that don’t require a fire.
3. First Aid Kit
Your best bet is to build your own first aid kit and lay everything out before you go and pack it up. Be sure to include bandages, ointment, rubbing alcohol, gauze pads, and other items that will help you in the event of an emergency. Bring plenty of Band-Aids as well! There’s nothing like having a full box of Band-Aids, yet running out when they’re needed most!
4. Bug Spray
While some people seem to be immune to bug bites, this may not always be the case for you. Insects are attracted to light and movement, so if possible, you should avoid using bright lights at night. They also have a tendency to swarm around wet areas, so it is best not to situate your camp near any water source. Also, insect repellant will come in handy during those times of the year when insects are more active than others — or simply just when the mosquitoes are especially hungry!
5. Sunscreen and sunglasses
Yes, we all love the sun, and we know that it is responsible for so many of the beautiful things we see around us each day. However, too much exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer and other problems. If you’re camping in an area known to get a lot of sunlight, then sunscreen would be a good idea. Also, remember that you should wear your sunglasses when walking from place to place or anytime your eyes will be exposed to bright lights for an extended period of time — even if it’s light outside!
6. A small seat cushion
Sitting on hard surfaces can be uncomfortable. Bring along something comfortable, like one of those little seat cushions people sometimes put on rocking chairs, so you can sit comfortably around the campfire. A small, foldable camping stool might also be nice.
7. A big sleeping bag or several blankets
Some people like to sleep under the stars, but if you’re camping in an area where it might get cold at night, then you’ll need some blankets or a big sleeping bag. If not, you could always bring along your inflatable mattress (if it’s designed to be puncture-resistant) and blow that up for added comfort.
8. Water filter
There are two main types of water filters: the pump purifier and the straw or “squeeze” type. While the latter is by far easier to use, it can become difficult if you don’t have an adequate source of water pressure — that’s where pumping purifiers come in handy. If you’re not sure which one to choose, then go for a pump purifier just to be safe.
9. Extra batteries for your cell phone/radio/etc
While you probably won’t need this right away, batteries tend to die pretty fast when camping, especially if you use your phone or other devices frequently (such as flashlights). You’ll also find yourself surrounded by beautiful scenery yet unable to capture any because your batteries are dead. This is very useful if you’ve brought along your cell phone or another device that uses batteries.
10. A few books to read (or cards/board games)
This will keep everyone occupied during those times when there’s not much else going on, or maybe during those moments before dinner when dinner isn’t quite ready yet! It’s always good to have reading material on hand for those times when you just want to sit back and relax.
After reading these tips, it should be clear that there’s a lot to remember when you go camping. This may seem like a daunting task, but with enough preparation and forethought, you’ll be able to make the experience one where everyone gets to enjoy themselves! After all, isn’t that what camping is all about? Good luck and happy camping!
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