There is nothing like the joy of camping under the open sky with the ones you love. Camping is one of the most enjoyable pastimes. For the most pleasant and safest trip possible, however, it is best to keep some basics in mind. In this article, there are some great ideas on how you can better prepare the next time you go camping.
Pack a few shovels if there are children with you on your trip. Kids love nothing better than digging in the dirt, and having the right accessories is crucial. If you have room, bring a bucket too. The children will happily entertain themselves in the dirt while you unpack, set up camp and do everything that you need to do.
Water is very important when camping. When camping at a campground, there should be ample supply of water available, but on the trail, you will have to carry some with you. If you are going long distances, you should probably carry iodine tablets to sanitize any water you find before drinking. Be careful, dysentery can be deadly.
Navigation is the key when it comes to camping. It is important to know where you are, and how to get back to civilization if you become lost. Always bring a map of the area, and a compass to help you. You can also use an outdoor GPS that will give you navigation information, as well as additional information such as altitude.
Always take a fully stocked first-aid kit when you venture out on a camping trip. You can put together your own kit with bandages, gauze pads, tweezers, scissors, anti bacteria cream and antiseptic wipes in a sturdy container. You can also buy one of the many excellent ready-made kits to save time.
You can make tasty meals even when you are camping. You do not necessarily need to eat just franks and beans or hamburgers. Pack a box with herbs and spices, olive oil, brown sugar or whatever else you like. You can fix meals that have flavor even when you are “roughing” it.
No matter how rough and tough your camping plans, bring along a small bit of luxury to add an elegant touch to your camping trip. Your favorite candy bar or some prepackaged creamers for your morning coffee are light and simple to bring along. Such little luxuries will really pick up your spirits!
When you reach your campsite, the first thing, you should do is to start collecting wood for your fire. You won’t feel like it later on, and if you wait until dark you will have a harder time finding the kind of wood you need to keep a fire going. Do it right away.
Be sure and give children a thorough explanation of what camping is all about and entails, before hauling them off on a potentially dangerous adventure. Check out the plants that elicit poison ivy to better prepare for the dangers of camping.
You can see that there is a lot to keep in mind when you are thinking about going camping. Apply all that you have learned here so that your friends and family can have a blast with you in the woods.