After spending so much time indoors, more people have been craving to spend time out in nature. As we start getting closer to spring, many people are beginning to plan camping trips in order to get that time out in nature. Some people may even be planning extended trips where they go backpacking or camping for weeks at a time.
While these kinds of trips can be very rewarding and refreshing, extended camping trips can also be tricky if you’re not experienced. People often make the rookie mistake of forgetting necessary tools and activities. However, you don’t need to make these mistakes to learn from them. We have the camping wisdom to make your trips as delightful as possible.
Here are tips for you to get the most out of your camping trip:
- Members and activities
Make sure that you camp with people that you get along with and trust. Otherwise, camping will be stressful and not fun at all!
Depending on who’s coming on your trip, especially if you have children with you, you can plan a schedule of activities and games. A written program is going to be important because time is of the essence. Daylight is precious during outdoor activities, so make the most out of it!
Classic activities like singing songs and telling ghost stories are fun, but there are other exciting ventures like hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, biking, bird watching, stargazing, and hunting. Your options will likely depend on what is permitted in the campgrounds you’re staying in.
If you plan to do a bit of fishing and hunting, you’ll need to research specific parks so that you can do all the activities you plan to. Websites like besthuntingadvice.com are excellent resources for planning your hunting and fishing camping trips.
- Pick a spot
Location is vital when camping. As mentioned, find an area that accommodates everyone’s interests and activities. However, before you can do that, decide whether you’ll be using an RV, a tent, or a cabin since this decision will be a prerequisite for which camping ground you will ultimately pick.
Another thing you’ll need to consider about the location is whether it’s remote or full service. Full-service campsites are great for new campers because of amenities such as picnic tables, toilets, parking spaces, and even grills. However, if you’re more experienced, a remote campsite might be to your taste as it has very little or few amenities.
If you’re using a tent, pick somewhere close to a water source. Avoid places that are uneven or sloping and areas near insect nests or dying trees that can easily fall and cause an accident.
In case of accidents or terrible weather, you’ll also need to know how to get to the closest hospitals, hotels, and police stations.
Camping relies on planning. Before the trip, double-check your camping list. Tents, flashlights, sleeping bags, first aid kits, food supplies—each item you bring has an important role. If you forget even one thing, it may cause discomfort and irritation during the trip. For instance, forgetting bug spray can make even a short camping trip unbearable because you’ll be dealing with all kinds of bugs feasting on you!
Of course, tailoring the list to what each member needs, as well as the activities you plan on doing. Consider particular medication some members need or an activity that requires specific gear.
Click here to see an good example of a camping checklist, and make sure to adjust it to the needs of your camping party.
- Be cautious
Locating the hospitals and police stations local to your campsite isn’t the only precaution to take. Everyone must inform their loved ones where they are and how long the camping trip will last. You can even send a detailed schedule of activities to families or friends. Please leave your contact information to them, too. You’ll want to be informed as soon as possible if there’s an emergency that will need you to come home.
Camping can be relaxing and enjoyable, but only if you do the work ahead of time to make it so. Preparing thoroughly and coordinating decisions, activities, and people will be vital. Leave no rock unturned before you hit the road, and you’ll be sure to have a blast!