I read a great article, here, with lots of camping tips, but I wanted to make one of my own. I hope it’s useful to you. Camping season is here, inspiring many city dwellers to pack up and head out into the wild to try and get some peace, some quiet, and some fresh air during their days off. That being said, a camping trip will only be peaceful and fun if you properly plan ahead and make sure that you’re prepared for your trek out into the wild. Here are our 5 top tips that will help you have the camping trip of a life time:
Hike to Your Destination
If you plan on driving right on in to your camp site, then get ready for crowds and a noisy campground – you’ve been warned! Any time that you can drive directly to a site means that you’ll have 5 to 10 times or even more people being around you at any given time. So if you’re going for “peace” and “quiet”, choose to hike to your site. Tours such as Kakadu tours in the Australian outback will offer endless peace for people chasing some serenity.
Even if you have to only hike a couple of kilometres/miles down the road to get to your camping destination, you’ll be cutting down the amount of people around you and giving yourself the promise of a far more relaxing camping experience.
Why is it that when people think “camping” they immediately think “hot dogs”? Even if you’re camping for only two days or so, you’ll undoubtedly tire of hot dogs by lunch time on the second day. Add some variety to your menu and throw in some of your favourite treats from home. Haul along that watertight cooler and throw it in the lake if you want to have some cool bevies to enjoy as you lounge in the lake under that hot afternoon sun (though don’t forget to tie the cooler down!) and bring:
- A camping stove
- At least one frying pan
- A plate, bowl, and set of utensils for everyone coming along on the trek.
This depends on how tough you are and how lightly you sleep. If you are a slave to comforts and can’t stand the idea of being away from your bed, then make sure you bring an inflatable mattress and a pillow. In for a penny, in for a pound; if you love comfort, you could always glamp and get a big fancy bell tent from one of the higher-end tent stores like Boutique Camping in the UK, or make sure you have a look on Glamping Hub if you’re living in America. But, if comfort isn’t that important to you, and you don’t want to carry something so heavy, then the smallest, light weight tent you can get hold of will probably do. After all, you’ll probably spend most of the time outside and only use the tent for sleep.
Bring the Essentials
This means bringing along a real first aid kit (not just band aids and some antibacterial cream), a compass, rain gear, matches, a map, and water. It’ll only take you a few minutes to put these things together, but it’ll be well worth it should you need to use them on your trip. Some other essentials include:
- Bear spray
Be Friendly With Campers and Park Staff
To get the inside scoop on where the best trails are or what the history of the area you’re camping on is, then you need to make friends with the experienced campers in the area as well as the park staff. Get friendly with the ranger and the camp host. Even saying “hi” to them every morning while you cook over your Bunsen burner stove will go a long way in helping you get the information on the area.
Less Is More
When it comes to camping, you don’t want to go all out and bring every single thing that you think that you may need. Stick to the “less is more” principal and bring along only the basics. Don’t bother spending a ton of cash on you camping gear and just stick with what you know you’ll definitely need.