Camping Insights For A Top Notch Experience

New To Camping? Read These Tips First Whether your camping trip will be brief or long, there are always things you should keep in mind for your trip. Too many people go camping without reading up a little on it first. This article will discuss information and tips that you should need to know before you embark. When it comes to food, bring only what you need on a camping trip. Extra food out in the wilderness is a calling card for wild animals to come visiting your campground. Tie it up in cloth and handg it as high as you can in a tree away from your immediate campground if you do find that you have additional food. This will help keep you from unwanted animal introductions. When it comes to food, bring only what you need on a camping trip. Extra food out in the wilderness is a calling card for wild animals to come visiting your campground. If you do find that you have additional food, tie it up in cloth and handg it as high as you can in a tree away from your immediate campground. This will help keep you from unwanted animal introductions. Don't worry about over-packing for the kids. Camping can be a bit messy. Kids are always attracted to dirt. Because of this, your children will likely be filthy by the end of the day. While you can't do much to prevent that, you can at least provide clean clothing, so long as you brought extra. It is important to be prepared. Before the sun goes down, your camp should be set up. If you are driving an RV, figure out where you can park. You need to find some flat, high ground, if you are in a tent. You could find yourself in a precarious and unsafe area after dark if you don't do this. Since you will know what you are doing, you'll prevent frustration. Unless you are going to be spending a significant amount of time camping, buying expensive sleeping bags is really unnecessary. Even if your old and musty sleeping bag is rated for below freezing temperatures, it is excellent padding for the ground even when it is hot outside and you will feel comfortable sleeping on it. Camping can be very dangerous or fun depending on whether you're prepared or not. When you are prepared, you avoid many of the common mistakes that are made on camping trips. Research the local wildlife, geography and the climate before leaving home, if you are camping in a new location. Let people know where your group is headed. Just in case anything happens to any of you, you want to know that there are people who know where you are at. This is a good precautionary measure to take if something were to happen to your camping group, because help will be on the way soon. Make sure you have cover in case of rain. When you're out in the woods, a rainstorm can be wet, uncomfortable and cold. Make sure you have some kind of protection against the rain, whether it be a tent, cabin or lean-to. In a pinch, you can use a garbage bag as a poncho! Make sure the batteries are fully charged, even though it is important to have a flashlight when you camp. One way to be sure the batteries don't accidentally drain on the journey is to put them into the flashlight backwards. That way if the switch is accidentally engaged, they stay charged. Plus, you know where the batteries are. Any time you go camping, do not forget to bring a first-aid kit along with you. Since accidents can happen at any time, a first-aid kit is a very valuable asset to possess. Be sure to include topical creams for bug bites, sun burns and poison ivy when putting your kit together. Make sure you have cover in case of rain. When you're out in the woods, a rainstorm can be wet, uncomfortable and cold. Make sure you have some kind of protection against the rain, whether it be a tent, cabin or lean-to. In a pinch, you can use a garbage bag as a poncho! You should bring food on your camping trips. You should plan out what and how many meals you plan on eating before going on your trip. As far as how much food you should bring, a good rule of thumb is to only carry the amount of food that you need to prepare your meals. A large number of camping related injuries are due directly to carelessness with fire, so be sure to use fire with caution. First, make sure that fires are permissible in the area of your camp site. Set a ring of stones around the fire to keep it contained. Never leave children unsupervised near an open fire. Especially if you live in a hotter climate, you need to make sure you know how to get ice. Ice melts rather fast, and you're going to need more. There are times when ice isn't so close to where you're camping, even though sometimes you can buy ice at the campsite, or sometimes at a store. Save any cardboard boxes and paper bags in the weeks leading up to your camping trip. You can use some of the the boxes to carry supplies, of course, but they are also great for starting fires. Laundry lint from your dryer screen also makes great kindling for a fire. Every camper should possess a basic utility knife. If you should lose the other, an utility knife is the most versatile tool you'll have as a camper, and bring another one. Always inform family and friends of your camping location and trip. Make sure to establish contact numbers and pertinent information on how to find you should something untoward occur. When you have a safety net like this in place, it will allow you to relax on your trip, knowing help can always find you. Pack your food properly to avoid food poisoning. Bring preserved foods and foods that don't spoil easily. Bring a lot of ice, and don't forget to drain your cooler. As you now know from the article above, camping is not simply driving out into the wilderness without proper planing. 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