3 Things to Know Before Camping

  • You cannot just roll out of bed one day and decide to go camping without having an idea of what the weather might be in later hours.
  • Fire is essential to keep you warm when the weather is bad.
  • Include things like duct tape, hammer, saw, ax, broom, and brooms.

If done correctly, camping can be a fun bonding experience for friends, family, or even couples. However, if you don’t plan and get everything right before and during the camping occasion, it might turn out to be a disaster and a very unpleasant experience.

Having the right information and mindset before going camping can shape your whole experience a lot. For this reason, here are some of the things you should know before going camping:

A rain shelter also offers a place to keep your gear dry and kitchen while the rain pours.

1. Plan for the Weather

This is the part that most people get wrong in their camping plans. You cannot just roll out of bed one day and decide to go camping without having an idea of what the weather might be in later hours.

Having know-how of expected changes in the weather will help you and your friends, family, or partner plan out ahead so that you don’t end up being inconvenienced in the wild. It’s advisable to check the weather forecast before you set out for camping.

As much as some people might claim that weather forecasts are never accurate, they can give you an important idea of what to prepare for later in the day. In case of anticipated bad weather, here are some of the things you should have with you;

Rainfly Shelter

Suppose the weather forecast and the surroundings appear to suggest incoming bad weather, it’s important to set up a rainfly shelter. With a rainfly shelter, you’re guaranteed that you will have a dry place to stay while you continue with your other plans or conversations.

A rain shelter also offers a place to keep your gear dry and kitchen while the rain pours. A good rainfly shelter should be about 10ft by 12ft with adequate cord and stakes supporting it.

Tools to Start a Fire

Fire is essential to keep you warm when the weather is bad. For this reason, ensure that you have with you all the necessary tools to start a fire. Things like candles, fire starters, and a hand-ax should be present. A hand-ax will help you in splitting some logs for the fire.

Rain and Sun Gear

In case of anticipated rain, carry your rain gear, like warm layers, warm clothes and hats, and plastic covers. The plastic covers are to be blessed on the floor of your tents to ensure you don’t get soaked when it rains.

If the weather is extremely sunny, you should carry with you sun protective clothing and insect repellants.

2. Pick Your Campsite Ahead of Time

If you want the most suitable campsite, research your options first. This will help you eliminate the spots that might be dangerous with wild animals or lack necessities such as water. You want to ensure that your camping site is near a water source and the trail.

You also don’t want to camp near water bodies because of mosquitoes and bugs. To avoid any last-minute regrets, research all the options for your camping site and pick the most convenient one for you.

You want to experience places with dramatic canyons, alpine meadows, and scenic lakes, just like camping in Utah state parks.

If you want the most suitable campsite, research your options first.

3. Have a Camping Checklist

It’s unfortunate to forget something that would have made your camping experience more fun. For this reason, it’s essential to have a camping checklist. Before leaving your home, make a checklist for everything you might need for the duration you’ll be camping.

Here are the categories for a camping checklist:

Campsite

Here you indicate everything you’ll need to set up that campsite and make it comfortable. Things like a tent, sleeping bags, camping pillows, camp chairs, camp tables, and lanterns should be in this category.

Tools and repair items

In this category, you include things like duct tape, hammer, saw, ax, broom, and brooms.

Kitchen

In this category, you include a stove, utensils, water bottles, dish towels, and foodstuff.

Clothing and Hygiene

In this category, you include clothes you’ll be wearing, footwear, and toiletries.

Conclusion

Before you go camping, you want to ensure that you’re well prepared with and for everything. Whether you will be camping for one day or several days, the preparation shouldn’t change that much.

Tracie Johnson

Tracie Johnson is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. She is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus.

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