The idea of going camping is exciting. However, the realization that there might be no bathroom, shower, and even bed might get you scared. Never the less, after your first camping experience you will realize how easy and fun it is to even survive without these things. Here are super useful camping tips and tricks for beginners to make their camping experience fun and memorable.
Research About Where You are Going
Camping is supposed to be fun and easy. However, if you do not have details of where you are going bit might turn out to be a nightmare. Find out the weather condition, terrain, available facilities and location of where you are going. This information will also help you estimate the expected costs and make prior bookings where necessary. A phone call, quick look at their website, is enough to help you gather this information. Being spontaneous is good, but not for a beginner.
Break-Into Your Camping Gear
As a beginner, chances are you have bought new items such as hiking boots, sleeping bag, portable tent, etc. Break into your hiking boots and any new footwear you will be using while camping. This is important because it will help you know what fits and what does not. Also, you will know whether the shoes are comfortable enough. You should also try sleeping in your sleeping bag before going camping. This helps you understand whether the sleeping bag is warm and comfortable enough. Pitching a tent might seem easy on the manual guide. However, as a beginner, you need to practice pitching the tent several times on your own before you go camping. You do not want to end up in a camp at night with a tent you can’t pitch.
As a beginner, you should test every other equipment before you leave. Do not rely on the manual. This mentally prepares you for your camping.
Camping needs you to use several hacks; else you will end up carrying a big bag. Here are some hacks to make your camping experience easier and fun.
Spices. Going camping does not mean that you have to eat bland food because you couldn’t carry all your spices containers. Use Tic Tac containers to store your spices for your camping. The containers are not only small and easy to take, but they are air-tight thus locking your spices from moisture.
Candle Holder. Cut your orange into half and carefully remove the pulp. Use the orange peel as your candle holder.
If you are camping in a windy area, set up your tent in a place with many trees or shrubs. These are natural windbreakers.
Have a packing list. You will be surprised how much our memories can sometimes fail us. Prepare your packing list in advance to avoid leaving valuable items behind.
Some of the necessary items to have during camping include tents and accessories such as hammer, poles, stakes and wind cover, lantern or any other reliable source of light, first aid kit, pocket knife, maps and a compass, sleeping bag, raincoat, bear-proof food containers, and fire starters such as a lighter or matchstick.
With these tips and tricks, your first camping experience will be easy and fun.