Camping adventures provide an ideal opportunity for you and your friends to get away from a busy and hectic city life. Families can use this chance to bond and share good times together. A couple of friends could use a camping trip as a way of catching up after going separate ways soon after completing college.
Seeing that you are going to spend a weekend or a few days and nights away from home, there are a number of things you should take care of. For instance, you need to pack a few clothing items; clothes and shoes that are suitable for the outdoors. You must also prepare in advance; know where you are going and how to get there.
The following tips can be helpful for first time campers:
Identify where you are heading for the camping trip: There are many places you can choose for a camping expedition. When making choices, make sure you understand the area’s climate. Find out whether there are camping grounds available. Also know in advance how to get there.
Get a detailed map of the area: Maps help bring familiarity especially in places you have never been to before. Since most maps are drawn to scale, use it to calculate the distance you will cover from home to the camping grounds. Get to know the state of the roads and any tracks will find along the way.
List the items you intend to carry: Even if you are going for a day or two, you are going to need essential items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving kit, soap and so on. Remember to include sleeping gear, food and clothing. As you load each item, tick it off from your list; it helps you ensure that you don’t forget anything.
Sleeping arrangements during the trip: Decide beforehand how you will tuck in for the night. If the campsite rents out tents, then you only need to carry sleeping bags. On the other hand, you could also rent one of the cabins at the site. Alternatively, if you happen to own a recreation vehicle (RV), it can serve as your sleeping place.
Emergency arrangements: Whether you are camping alone or as part of a group, there are arrangements you should make just in case an emergency arises. Carry your cell phone with you. Let your family members and close friends know where you will be and for how long.