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5 MUST KNOW TIPS BEFORE GOING CAMPING

Here are 5 tips you can use when planning for a camp trip;

  1. Shelter and bedding.
  2. Food and water.
  3. Survival tips.
  4. Health.
  5. Outdoor tips.
SHELTER AND BEDDING

The first important things to tick off you checklist is where you will rest at night. First off is the tent, if you are not going to use one your RV is another option. Buy a good tent that will last you a long time or if it is a one time thing you can borrow one from your friend who has it. The ground is uneven and lying on it will be very uncomfortable, that is why you will need a tent footprint as a layer for the ground. Do not forget your tent pegs and to add style get a tent carpet.
Now that you have set up your tent, you must have either a sleeping bag, sleeping mattress, air bed, blankets or a camp bed to keep you warm during the night. A pillow is essential to avoid a stiff neck in the mornings.
Carry warm clothes like thick long socks, one for each day you will be out at camp, avoid carrying normal socks or ankle socks as this will not help you from thorns and thickets in the forest. Remember your jackets as well.

FOOD AND WATER
You will basically need to eat during the time you will be at camp and here is a list of all the things you will have to carry;

  1. Camping stove – Always have an alternative way to cook your meals other than the camp fire because it is not a guarantee that the camp you will go to will allow you to start a campfire.
  2. Camping utensils and cutlery – cups, bowls, knives, spoons, forks, thermos flasks, cooking pans, tin opener and bottle opener.
  3. Storage – Carry water carriers or cans and air tight food containers. Have a high performance cooler with ice to keep your drinks cold for those hot sunny days and to ensure the food you carried does not go bad.
  4. Bin bags – Avoid littering at your camp site instead put the trash in a bin bag and throw when you go back home or find a suitable place to throw it.

SURVIVAL TIPS
Have navigation tools like maps, a compass, GPS device, an altimeter, personal locator beacon(PLB) and a satellite messenger.
Other survival gear include paracord, whistle, survival multi tool, radio, shovel, signal rescue mirror and an axe to split firewood.
Always carry extra things because you never know what will happen, sometimes you might help a fellow camper who might need one at the time. Carry extra food, clothes, water and batteries for your lamps. Remember to also carry light sources like a torch, matches, lighters, tinder or a fire starter pack.

HEALTH
Just like at your home, remember to eat healthy and maintain hygiene even when you are out camping. Pack healthy cooked or raw food.

Make sure to be clean at all times and everything that surrounds you that you will be using during your time at the camp is clean too. In no particular order follow these tips to do just that.

  • Carry toiletries: they include toilet rolls, hand wash, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste. If you can, go with a camping toilet as well.
  • Medical supplies: have these in case of an emergency. They include first aid kit and foot care. Carry your medicine if you are on medication at the time.
  • Take care of your skin by using sunscreen, sun glasses, sun protective clothes and during the night, insect repellent from the nasty bugs like mosquitoes.
  • Keep your dishes clean by washing them after meals, take showers and if it is too cold wet wipes will save the day.

Final tip to remember before going camping is;

OUTDOOR TIPS
Get camping chairs to avoid sitting on the hard rocky ground because it will be uncomfortable and bad for your back and a small table to use during meal times. Buy your own firewood from stores and remember to carry atleast two LED campsite lanterns. Carry rainproof warm clothes that is light-weight and comfortable.

 

CAMPING SAFETY MEASURES

  1. See your doctor first before going camping to check if it is ok for you.
  2. Prepare safe food and water. Have healthy choices of food that you will pack in air tight containers. Separate the raw from the cooked dishes. Wash your hands to keep clean and if there is minimum water use hand sanitizer.
  3. Engage in safe physical activities and use protective gear. Know your limit. Never be alone and research about different plant species to avoid eating poisonous plants or berries. Be active, do not spend much time inside the tent rather hike, stroll around or swim.
  4. Protect yourself against carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not use stoves inside tents instead keep warm by using adequate clothing, consuming extra calories and fluids to prevent hypothermia.
  5. Avoid wild animal. They can smell food from far away and come to your campsite in search of it, that is why you need air tight containers to store your food.
  6. Fight the bug bite with an insect repellent.
  7. Prevent hypothermia which is temperature related illness. Hypothermia occurs when the body starts loosing heat more quickly than it produce, it results in the body temperature going down rapidly.
  8. Protect yourself from the sun dangerous UV light that will cause sunburn or in extreme case skin cancer.
  9. Always be prepared for the unexpected. Check weather reports before hand and tell your family and friends where you will be. Find out how secure that camp location and this is optional, you can go with your video recorder to film yourselves for future reference to look back on.
  10. Check your car or RV’s fuel tank is full so that you do not get stuck on the way to or back from camp.

 

NON-ESSENTIALS

If you are one who enjoys luxury from time to time you can carry extra things for your trip.

  • Dutch oven.
  • Campsite sandals.
  • A few new books.
  • Favorite instrument like a flute.
  • Frisbee.
  • Canned food.
  • Healthy snacks.
  • Solar powered charging system for your phone.

 

When you return home make sure to check for ticks, skin rashes, sunburn or any other problems and get appropriate remedy for them.