Going Camping? Here's What You Should Know

Ways To Have Fun While Camping With Your Family Whether you pitch a tent or roll up in a motor home, choosing to spend your vacation time camping can be a blast! Make sure you plan and prepare for all of the little hazards that living with nature can present, by reading the following tips and adhering to their advice! When going camping, you must make sure that you keep a list of all of the supplies that you plan to bring. You have to make sure you include everything that you will need on your trip. This is the best way to make sure that you don't forget something for your trip. Plan accordingly when it comes to food. It is a hassle to make room in your car for all the food you need. Proper nourishment is crucial when you are in the woods, however. Also, items that are fairly inexpensive in your local store often carry a higher price tag near camping sites. Bringing enough food means that you will save money and keep everyone in your family in a good mood. If you have a toddler, pack a blanket. You can lay it out on the use and ground it as a makeshift play area. Bringdolls and cars. Alternatively, whatever items your child is into. They can play without getting too dirty and you can instruct them that they need to keep their toys on the blanket for safekeeping. This will help to keep things from getting too spread out. 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 certain your camp fire is completely out before you leave a campsite. Stir the ashes with a stick and you may find burning embers, even though to your eye it may seem like the fire is gone. Pour enough water and keep stirring until you see no more embers in the fire pit. 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. If you are camping in a new location, research the local wildlife, geography and the climate before leaving home. Know what is available in the area around your campsite. You may get lucky and have beautiful weather the entire time. You may also face inclement weather, too. Have a backup plan in case you need a diversion. This is particularly crucial if you have kids, but adults need a little entertainment as well! When collecting wood for a campfire, focus on three different sizes: the finger-size wood, that will catch fire right away, the arm-size wood that will keep it going, and the leg-size wood that will allow you to keep the fire going for a long time. Getting different sizes of wood helps you to start the fire and keep it going. Look up grocery stores near your campsite. Make sure you know how to get to them. Particularly, if your trip is spanning more than three or four days, the food you bring with you probably isn't going to last the length of your trip. Your family is going to get tired of eating the same things day after day, though not only, that. Variety is the key. Bugs can be a major problem with camping they can cause disease, get into your food, and just be a nuisance. Take the proper measures to keep them away. This includes not putting on perfume or cologne, lighting citronella candles, avoiding swamp lands, and covering your skin, so they are not attracted to your scent. Bugs do not like fire at all, so it is a good idea to keep your fire burning all night while you are sleeping. If you find that there is a huge bug problem during the day, it would help to keep a fire burning at that time as well. A utility knife is one of the most useful camping tools. Utility knives have many uses in a campers tool kit. It may even be a good idea to bring an extra in case your first one gets lost. It is a good idea to pitch your tent on a piece of land that is level. This will ensure you sleep better, which means you will have more energy for the next day. If you have to sleep on an incline, make sure that your head is tilted uphill. Make sure that you know how to get a campfire burning before you head out into the woods. Look for fire starting supplies to take with you if you have difficulties getting a fire started. These supplies make it easy for just about anyone to start a fire on the spot. Save any cardboard boxes and paper bags in the weeks leading up to your camping trip. They are also great for starting fires, although you can use some of the the boxes to carry supplies, of course. Laundry lint from your dryer screen also makes great kindling for a fire. When planning a camping trip, be sure to plan on getting to your campsite before dark. This way you will have daylight in order to set up camp, check out your site for dangers, such as broken glass, dangerous tree branches and other potential dangers or problems that can be fixed before bedtime. There are ways to keep the snakes out of your camping site for safety. Avoid places with piled up rocks, bushes that are thick, woodpiles or deep brush. Check everything you have on you to ensure a snake isn't hiding in your clothing or bags. Seal your tent at all times and close the perimeter with sand or dirt to prevent snake from slithering under. 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. Now that you know what camping entails, you'll be able to come up with a plan so your trip goes more smoothly. Knowing what to expect is only part of the fun though, the main part would be actually getting out there and doing it. 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