People of any age can enjoy the fun and excitement of camping. To make sure that your next camping trip is a success, you need to know some pieces of time-tested wisdom about the great outdoors. Use the tips here and you’ll be on your way to having an amazing camping trip.
Search out shelter before the sun sets when you are camping. Once it grows black in the woods, you can have a hard time setting up your tent, preparing food, and getting adequate firewood. Those that live in urban areas find this to be the case even more than those that are used to pitch black darkness. Avoid being in that position; find good shelter before the sun goes down.
Prior to leaving, take a few minutes to make a checklist of everything that you need. There is nothing worse than getting to a campsite and then finding out that you don’t have what you need to be comfortable. A checklist is a great aid as you are packing. Try to start getting thing’s together several days before you leave so you have plenty of time.
Research any potential campground well. They all have different amenities. Some may have showers and bathrooms, while others may not. There are even a few campgrounds that are quite fancy, with onsite miniature golf games or water parks. You may not need or want all that, so figure it out ahead of time so that you are not disappointed when you get there.
While camping, cook easy dinners like “hobo stew”. Simply bring potatoes, ground meat, and veggies. Cut the veggies and potatoes at your campsite. Using tinfoil like a bowl, put the ingredients inside and fold the foil over until the food is covered. Place foil on hot rocks or the coals of the campfire, and eventually you will have a tasty “stew”.
Bring your cellphone with you when you go camping. Even if you are serious about roughing it, cell phones are still very useful in emergencies and should not be left at home. A cell phone is no longer a hobby, and when you go camping it can help you reach police and emergency personnel–bring it.
When you go camping, be sure to have a few activities in mind other than just… “camping”. The camping experience is enriched by hiking, swimming, exploring and things like that. Be sure to engage in some of these other activities so that you have the fullest camping experience you’ve ever had.
If you are camping with others, ensure that there is something available to keep everyone entertained. There is nothing worse than a bored campmate, as they will constantly pester you for activities. Talk to your family and friends before hand and make sure they know how to entertain themselves for the trip.
Camping is a pastime that is popular with a wide range of people, from the very young to the very old. It is a good idea to learn as much as you can before going on your next trip. Fortunately for you, the tips you read above should guide you on your way to a great camping experience.