Camping might be something you used to do when you were younger. It was fun then and still can be fun if you know what you’re doing and come prepared. If you have the desire and knowledge, you can still have a good time and a great experience. The following paragraphs have a number of helpful ideas you can use.
If you are camping at a public campground, make sure you pack shower shoes for everyone in your party. Not only will they protect your feet from the bacteria on the shower floor, but they are great for those nighttime runs to the bushes when you need to use the restroom. They can be old flip flops, Crocs, or even slip-ons.
Look up activities to engage in prior to getting to your destination. This will allow you to check for any deals that may be offered. Also, it will help you be more prepared when you actually get to your destination. You can find trails that may be appropriate for everyone in your family or restaurants that you would enjoy.
Expect that camping is not typically a time you can stay clean easily. Setting the proper regulations in advance can help to combat this. Allow yourself to be improper, messy and just “let go” while outside. You can always take a bath back at the house.
With camping, comes the campfire. Make sure your campfire is in an open space and far enough away from brush or trees so you don’t run the risk of a stray spark catching them on fire. Surround the fire with stones to help keep it contained. Most importantly, never leave any campfire unattended. If you need to leave for any reason, make sure the campfire is extinguished completely.
When planning for your camping trip, don’t forget to pack the sunscreen. Just because you are not on the beach doesn’t mean that you don’t need protection from the sun’s burning rays. A sport sunscreen can be a smart choice if you will be doing strenuous physical activities during your trip.
Be well-versed in emergency first aid if you plan on camping out, especially if there will be kids with you. If an accident happens, you will have the knowledge that you need to make the situation better until you can get medical help. Make sure to do your research. Know if there are any poisonous snakes in the area, what type of wild animals call those woods their home, etc.
When you bring your dog on a camping trip, make certain he has adequate tick protection. Bugs thrive in forests, and many flea treatments do not extend protection to include ticks, so ask your vet before departing if your dog has everything he needs and what you should do for proper tick prevention and removal.
Make sure you buy a tent that is big enough for your needs. Many people find themselves crowded in a tent for no reason. Tents are lightweight and very compact, so there is no reason not to have enough space when you buy a tent. Make sure you’re buying for comfort.
Preparation could mean the difference between a good camping experience and a dreaded one. Always be well prepared prior to leaving on your camping trip. When you go to a new campground in a far away location, make sure you know about the wildlife and vegetation of the area.
All you need to enjoy camping as much as you did as when you were a kid is sheer will and a solid knowledge base. Let this article help you stir your imagination and spark your mind so that you can have a truly memorable camping experience and learn to love it all over again.