Going Camping? Here are 7 Tips for a Great Outdoor Experience

Posted by barryr on November 16th, 2018

Camping is one of those activities that everyone should have on their bucket list. At least once in your lifetime, you have to experience going camping, connecting with nature and discovering a new piece of yourself.

But camping is not for everyone since it might require a bit of preparation to really enjoy it. Here are 7 tips which will definitely add up to the overall of your experience.

Gear up

Knowing what to bring based on the room you have and how long you’ll be gone. Be mindful about weight and bulk as you don’t want to schlep a 45-pound pack up a mountain.

Take with you the absolute essentials.

Choose a backpack based on how long you will be out

The backpack volume is measured in liters. 60 to 80 liters backpacks are great for 2 to 5-day hikes. If you are doing one-day camping getting a small pack is enough for supplies.

Make a Fire

make a fire

Unless you are going to survive with sandwiches alone, it’s important that you plan to bring some charcoal, fire starters, wood, matches, skillet, utensils,  and bowls/ cups/plates.

Check if the site allows campfires. Keep sand nearby just in case the fire needs to be put out quickly. Here's how to make a campfire which lasts!

Keep Yourself Clean

You will get dirty in the woods, I am not saying that you should carry soap, toothpaste, toothbrush everywhere but remember to at least have some toilet paper to stay as clean as possible…(just saying)

TIP: always carry hand sanitizer. Use baby wipes to get rid of dirt, and remember to bring garbage bags and use them to separate clean and dirty clothes!

Extras

Think about a set of binoculars, bring along a camera, maps, books, a sturdy camping chair, a cooler or anything which should add up to the experience. These suggestions will make any trip in the woods much more enjoyable.

Be Cautious

mini first aid kit

Camping involves rough terrain so make sure to wear the right camping clothes in order to avoid strains and sprains. You don't want to be caught by rain without a waterproof coat. Nature outdoor is not the same as in the urban jungle, just so you know and Murphy's laws will hit you without knowing it.

Choose the right socks and shoes so that you avoid blisters.

Keep a first-aid kit in case there are some cuts and scrapes along the way. It's going to be useful when you'll get back home as well. Did you know that the kitchen is the most common place where accidents happen? 

Wrapping Up

It’s important that you leave the campsite in the same conditions as you found it!

Throw away any trash (that mean bringing it home), make sure the fire is fully extinguished, and pack your gear neat and tidy for the road back home. 

Your turn now! What would you add to the list? 

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