Forget The Expensive Hotel And Try These Camping Tips

Being Prepared, A Beginner's Guide To Camping Basics Enjoying the great outdoors on a camping trip can be a lot of fun for the whole family or just an individual alone looking for a little R&R. The following article is full of great advice you need to know to make your next camping trip easier, more convenient and especially, more enjoyable! 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 scissors, opener and tweezers and a knife. When you are camping, a necessity for your gear is a survival knife. This is the most important part of your camping gear. Buy a high quality survival knife, not just the cheapest you can find, your life may depend on it. These knives are all very similar they have a long blade serrated on one side and a hollow handle. Inside the handle you can carry fishinghooks and line, a compass, and matches as a small survival kit. Bring supplies for 'Smores. 'Smores are an integral part of any camping trip. Simply pack grahamchocolate and crackers, and marshmallows. Toast the marshmallows, then make it the filling to a graham cracker/chocolate sandwich. When you have a 'Smore, you will want 'some more'--bring enough for everyone to have at least two of them! 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. Bring sufficient amounts of the right kinds of foods. It depends on how long you'll be out, but you must have food that won't spoil on your trip. Food poisoning can quickly put an ugly end to any outdoor vacation. Prepare all of your food in the proper way and take any necessary precautions. Do not forget your cooking supplies. You will need pots, dishes, pans and utensils to cook on and eat with. Make sure that you double-check to be sure that you have packed these supplies before you leave the house. You do not want to get all set up and ready to cook your first meal and find that you have left your pot at home. You may wish to take a class that has to do with first aid, especially if you're traveling with kids. With the training you receive, you will be better prepared to handle an accident or other emergency situation while you wait for medical assistance. Be sure to research beforehand. Knowing about the native species in your camp area, such as snakes or other dangerous animals, is essential. Zip-lock bags can be very handy in a camper's tool chest. Don't worry about hauling mixing bowls in your gear. A gallon size zip-lock bag is great for mixing foods together and is much easier to carry in your pack. Just secure the top of the bag very carefully, then squeeze, knead or shake the ingredients together. Then discard for super-easy cleanup too! If you are camping outdoors instead of in a travel trailer or RV, it is important to dress in (or carry with you) layers of clothing. While on a camping trip, temperatures can fluctuate widely. The easiest and most effective method to control your body temperature is through removing and adding layers of clothing. Having layers of clothing also protects you from bug bites. Purchase a few camping pillows to take with you. Make sure that you bring camping pillows that do not absorb moisture. Because they absorb moisture from the air, they can quickly mildew. Pillows specifically designed for camping will not draw in wetness like regular pillows will. When you bring a canine along on a camping trip, don't forget his leash and to keep a close eye on him always. Some people are afraid of dogs. If you bring a dog, take others into consideration when you camp. Additionally, your dog could really destroy anyone's campsite if left on his own, including yours. Do not forget your cooking supplies. You will need utensils, pans, dishes and pots to cook on and eat with. Before you leave the house, make sure that you double-check to be sure that you have packed these supplies. You do not want to get all set up and ready to cook your first meal and find that you have left your pot at home. Duct tape is an interesting item to be included in your inventory while camping. Its multipurpose properties aren't only useful at home, they can be used in the wild too. This can be used to repair holes in air mattresses. It works well for repairing tears in tent material, sleeping bags or tarps. Tape also does wonders for blisters by offering an additional layer of protection. It can even be used to bandage injuries. If the area you are camping in is known for dangerous wildlife, you will need to be doubly careful with food storage. Take safety precautions, such as wrapping your items in many layers for protection. This can prevent an attack. A utility knife is one of the most useful camping tools. This knife is a must-have for campers, and you should have a spare in case something happens to the first one. Watch out for irritants like poison ivy. It usually has recognizable triple-leaf clusters. Poison sumac and poison oak tend to have more leaves and also need to be avoided, however. Keeping your skin completely covered when near these irritants can help prevent rashes. You should also carry some calamine lotion and allergy medication or antihistamines as a precaution. Always check the weather forecast before you go camping so that you know what kind of clothing you will need. If a front blow through, and you did not pack blankets and jackets, you could be very cold. In addition, consider packing some rain ponchos in case any storm's blow through. Learn how to mark the trails that you are exploring. It can be quite easy to get lost in the woods. Marking the trails that you are walking will make it easy to find your way back to camp. It can also help others find you if you get lost. Camping is a great experience that lets you see all of the beauty of nature, as stated before. For any future campers, the tips above will certainly come in handy. 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