Whether you are a beginner or a camping expert, there are some important things that every camper needs to know for a fun and safe camping experience. When you’re camping with an instructor, he’ll guide you through every step of camping and all equipment are provided by the camping service. But when you are camping alone, you’ll have to be more careful and should keep these things in mind for a memorable camping trip.
Is It Necessary to Set up a Tent?
Having your shelter during an outdoor adventure is always recommended. There are some campers who prefer tents while others go for tarps as they are lightweight and easy to carry.
Yes, it is necessary to set up a tent on a campsite as this will help the squirrels, bears, and deers know the location of the humans so, that they’ll not enter into your space.
Let us assume, the weather is pleasant and you’re not planning to set up your tent. You want to enjoy the beautiful weather and sleep under the stars. In this case, you should think twice before settling for your choice. The weather varies a lot during the night and your sleep might get disturbed by the rain. Therefore, it is recommended to keep your gear by your side so that you can immediately set up your tent in that situation.
When you camp in the wilderness, you should keep your food fresh and protected from bugs. For this, you can carry airtight containers, storage bottles, and portable fridge or cooler. You can keep all the dry ingredients and other non-perishable food items in them. Storage bottles and cooler are useful to store fluids and perishable foods respectively. It is recommended to keep your food away from your tent as the raccoons, bear and other wildlife creatures may search for your food near you (in case they reach your space).
How to Sleep Restfully?
When you reach your campsite after long hours of hiking and exploring, you’re ready for a sound and restful sleep. Make sure to carry a sleeping bag with you to stay warm and sleep comfortably in the night.
You should opt for a lightweight sleeping bag as it is easy to carry and keeps you warm. Many people mistakenly invest in a heavier sleeping bag which not only adds an unnecessary bulk to carry, but can also make you sweat in the night. Therefore, before buying a sleeping bag, a little research about the sleeping bag temperature and weather-conditions is recommended.
Leave No Trace
‘Leave No Trace’ principles say that there should be nothing left behind on the campsite. You should properly dispose to protect the environment.
It is recommended for you to head away at least 100 yards from the campsite, trails, and the water sources. Dig an 8” deep hole, dispose of your waste, and cover the hole with the soil. Once done, use a hand sanitizer to maintain hygiene.