Going Camping? Here's What You Should Know

How You Can Enjoy Yourself While Camping A camping trip can be a great vacation. You might discover something new about yourself, get a little closer to nature or just feel free from the everyday stress you have to deal with. It is the perfect time for a hike or building a fire. The following tips will help you make sure that you enjoy your next camping trip. If you are traveling with children, give them the opportunity to assist you when you get to the campground. They can carry gear, support you as you set up the tent and look for firewood. Not only will it keep them busy and out of trouble, it will be fun for them as well. Look up activities to engage in prior to getting to your destination. This will allow you to check for any deals that may be offered. Also, it will help you be more prepared when you actually get to your destination. You can find trails that may be appropriate for everyone in your family or restaurants that you would enjoy. A must carry item is a fire starter kit if you are planning any kind of backcountry camping. If you are in a survival situation, fire is a way to cook, keep you warm, purify water, and signal for help. Many camping stores sell fire starters that can be used when wet and do not require any fuel. If the need arises, also, try making fire when you are not in a survival situation so you know you can do it. Clean up thoroughly when leaving a campsite. Try your best not to leave any trace of you at the campsite you stayed in. This is important, not just in terms of being considerate of other people. There are insects and animals that continue to live in the woods after you have left, so think of them as well. 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. 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. If you have kids, but adults need a little entertainment as well, this is particularly crucial! Bring along an emergency survival kit, and keep it on you for the duration of your camping trip. Your survival kit should contain a survival knife, water-purifying tablets, waterproof matches, first aid kit, and a flare gun. These items are important to have in case you get lost. Carry it at all times. Make sure that the cooler you are taking with you is air tight. You do not want your food to spoil because the cooler was allowing the cool air to get out. Store your cooler in a shaded area where the sun will not work against it. This could save your food and your stomach. If you are interested in camping, and you are new to the activity, then you should never start out alone. If you don't know what you are doing, so it is important to bring along an experienced friend to help you learn the ropes, it can be quite dangerous. Take along items to use while you are camping in the wild. Pack such things as cards, fishing poles or even plan for a scavenger hunt. You'll need to increase the amount of entertainment items that you pack if the kids are camping with you. Make sure you have cover in case of rain. When you're out in the woods, a rainstorm can be wet, cold and uncomfortable. 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! 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. Take them for a vet visit beforehand if you're going camping with a pet. Inform your veterinarian of where you plan to go camping. Get your pet updated on all their vaccinations and be sure they have protection againstmites and ticks, and fleas. You can never be too careful when it comes to the safety of a pet. Before you go, a great idea when planning your camping trip is to make a list of everything you need. As you pack each item, you can cross it off your list. This is really essential because you do not want to be stuck blowing up your air mattresses because you forgot to pack an air pump. When camping, most people enjoy relaxing around a campfire. To prevent your fire from becoming out of control, you should incorporate a few safety practices. First of all, build your fire away from bushes and trees so that sparks from your fire will not start a forest fire. You will also want to use a circle of rocks to contain your campfire. Do not ever leave your fire unattended. Before leaving your campsite, make sure your campfire has been totally extinguished and that there are no remaining hot embers. If you feel as though you are an advanced camper and what to add a challenge back into the activity, you can look into wilderness survival. This is quite difficult however, and should just be undertaken by the most advanced camper. This type of trip means only eating food that you catch or find yourself! A great tool to take whenever you go camping is duct tape. If you get a cut, Duct tape is a very versatile tool that can be used from anything to mend broken tent poles, to patching up tent holes, all the way to serving as a band aide. 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. Camping has a great deal more to offer than a tent and a night in the woods, as you can now tell. In order to stay safe and enjoy the day, there are certain safety precautions one must take. 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