9 Things to Consider Before Going on a Camping Trip
A camping trip can be a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city center of wherever you live. Especially since the global pandemic started and traveling abroad has been limited for some people, camping is the only holiday available to many.
If you’re thinking about going camping or if you’re planning to take a trip anytime soon, you’ll want to consider each of these 9 things to make sure you’re fully prepared and ready to go.
Choose the Right Campsite
Unless you’re wild camping, in which case you still need to double check whether there are any regulations or restrictions about where you’re planning on pitching your tent, you’ll need to check out a couple of campsites to make sure you’re choosing the right one for your trip.
Make a Camping Checklist
Packing is one of the most intimidating things about camping, as there is a lot that you will need to remember to take with you. Unlike other holidays, it’s not always easy to grab anything you’ve forgotten to pack once you’re already there, so make a camping checklist.
This should include everything you think you will need during your trip and you can tick each item off as you pack it to make sure that you don’t accidentally miss anything from your list.
Have All the Right Gear
Camping can be great fun, but it’s easy for this fun to be dampened when you’re frustrated due to a lack of appropriate or working equipment. There is plenty of gear designed to make camping that little bit easier for you, so consider buying new gear in preparation for your trip.
You should also test your gear before you go to make sure it’s all in working order. There are ways you can learn how to tell if a tent is waterproof, for example, which we’d advise you to check before you pitch it at your chosen campsite, or risk being rained on during the night!
Grab Your Gadgets, Too
We’re not suggesting that you load up on electronic devices like games consoles, tablets, and laptops (although as long as you remember your chargers - go wild!), but there are certain gadgets that can make life easier when you’re camping.
Think flashlights, lanterns, additional batteries, and handy multi-purpose tools, for example.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Similarly, it’s important to make sure that you have packed some weather-appropriate clothing with you for your camping trip. There’s nothing worse than walking in the blistering heat when you’re dressed head to toe in thermal and waterproof clothing or vice versa!
It’s worth checking the weather forecast before you go to get a vague idea of what type of weather conditions you can expect while you’re away, but it’s best to bring something for everything just in case you get caught in a surprise shower or a spurt of sunshine in the day.
Plan/Cook Your Meals in Advance
Some people love turning up and relying on their skills/the nature around them to provide what they need in the way of food and other necessities, but for others, it’s much easier to think about and plan or even cook your meals before you head off for the campsite.
This could mean simply chopping and prepping food in advance and storing it in airtight containers in a coolbox or partially cooking parts of your meal to save time when there.
Take Aaall of the Snacks
If cooking while you’re camping isn’t your thing, make sure to pack plenty of snacks and long-life food that is easy to re-heat, such as canned beans or soups, trail mix, granola bars, beef jerky, peanut butter, and things like coffee or tea supplies that you will need.
You might be staying in the back of beyond, but it’s still important to consider personal hygiene when you’re camping. The following basic essentials can help you stay clean:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Hand sanitizer (an essential in the post-pandemic world of today, anyway)
- Garbage bags to dispose of your rubbish!
That’s right, you should always keep your campsite clean as well!
This is one of the most important things to consider before going camping so that everyone can have an enjoyable (and safe) time. It’s worth taking a first aid kit in case of emergencies.
You’ll also need things like bite relief, sunscreen, bandages, and any personal medication.
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