When done well, camping is among life’s true pleasures. Before embarking on an outdoor adventure alone or with friends and family, it is important to familiarize yourself with tried and true camping tips and advice. The article that follows offers just the start any burgeoning outdoors enthusiast might need to plan their next outing.
Did you know that a simple mirror can save your life? If you are camping and end up in a survival situation, a simple hand held mirror can be used to signal for help many miles away. Do not buy the standard glass mirror, many camping supply stores sell mirrors made of Lexan that will float and are practically unbreakable.
A good multi-purpose tool needs to be part of your camping gear. There are two kinds to bring. First is the saw/hammer/axe 3-in-1 tool to use for firewood and other chores. The other is the standard multi-purpose tool with a variety of tools on it like a can opener, tweezers, scissors, and a knife.
Buy a sleeping bag which will suit the weather you will be in. If you bring sub-zero sleeping bags with you in the dead of summer, you will probably sweat all night. Conversely, if you bring a light-weight sleeping bag to a winter camping trip, you can be extremely uncomfortable the entire time. Hypothermia can be experienced, as well.
Make sure you have a survival kit with you during your entire camping trip. You should have a bandanna (to use as a sling or tourniquet), wound coverings, something to use for sprains, matches, a knife, tablets to purify water and a compass in your kit. This kit can save your life if you get into a dangerous situation. Never leave the kit behind, even for a short excursion.
One thing that many people forget to pack on a camping trip, and which quickly turns the trip into a nightmare is bug spray. This simple repellent will save you both annoyance and can protect your health as many types of bugs can do a great deal of damage to you quickly.
If you have a young child with you, do the math in advance with respect to how much baby food or formula they will need. Make sure you have supplies for them that will last the entire length of your trip. There are no guarantees that a store near your campsite will have these items or will have the type of items that you want.
Take the tent into your yard and set it up before you go on your camping trip. This will not only familiarize you with the process, it will allow you to ensure there are no missing pieces or defects. It also helps with the frustration of putting a tent up.
Did you know that a roll of high-quality duct tape is a great item to take camping with you? Duct tape has numerous uses at a campsite. Duct tape can be used to repair anything. You could patch a hole or tear in your sleeping bag, tarp or tent. If you want to take a long hike it can be put on feet to keep blisters at bay. If anyone hurts themselves, it can be used for securing splints or for covering wounds, provided something soft is placed between the tape and skin.
Bring along supplies to keep you entertained in the great outdoors. Scavenger hunts, card games and fishing poles all add up to wonderful diversions to do in the wild. If your kids are along on your camping trip, include as many entertainment items as possible.