A Bit Nervous About Camping? These Tips Will Set You At Ease!

Forget The Expensive Hotel And Try These Camping Tips Something as seemingly simple as camping might seem as though little planning is necessary. This is not the case. The better planning you do, the more fun you can have. The tips below will help you in finding the best plan for your next camping trip so you are prepared for anything. If you are planning any kind of backcountry camping, a must carry item is a fire starter kit. If you are in a survival situation, fire is a way to cook, keep you warm, purify water, and signal for help. Many camping stores sell fire starters that can be used when wet and do not require any fuel. Also, try making fire when you are not in a survival situation so you know you can do it if the need arises. If you plan to venture outside of the campfire's glow, while a campfire gives off enough light in the general area around it, you want to be sure you take along a flashlight on your camping trip. This is a definite safety precaution you don't want to ignore. It can be quite dark out there in the woods at nighttime. Make sure you have enough time to set up camp before dark if you are going on a camping adventure. It can be extremely difficult to set up camp in the dark and possibly unsafe. You need to be able to scout the terrain, prepare bedding, and possibly build some temporary shelter prior to the sun going down. Avoid any wildlife you may come into contact with. Bears have become a fairly large problem with campers. In some parks they have been known to rip open the trunk of a car to gain access to food. Raccoons are also a big problem in many campgrounds. They can carry disease as well, though not only are they smart and can gain access to your food supplies easily. You can make tasty meals even when you are camping. You do not necessarily need to eat just beans and franks or hamburgers. Pack a box with herbs and spices, olive oil, brown sugar or whatever else you like. You can fix meals that have flavor even when you are "roughing" it. Know what is available in the area around your campsite. You may get lucky and have beautiful weather the entire time. However, you may also face inclement weather, too. Have a backup plan in case you need a diversion. If you have kids, but adults need a little entertainment as well, this is particularly crucial! Bugs do not like fire at all, so it is a good idea to keep your fire burning all night while you are sleeping. If you find that there is a huge bug problem during the day, it would help to keep a fire burning at that time as well. While camping seems synonymous with a campfire, that campfire doesn't necessarily have to be made from wood. In fact, it might be safer and easier to use a portable campfire unit powered by propane. For the most part, these units are permitted unless there is a fire ban in place. Marshmallows taste just as good from these units as they do over an open, wood-burning fire, too. A large number of camping related injuries are due directly to carelessness with fire, so be sure to use fire with caution. First, make sure that fires are permissible in the area of your camp site. Set a ring of stones around the fire to keep it contained. Never leave children unsupervised near an open fire. The best tip in camping is to decide where you are going to camp and who is going to camp with you before you go. You need to pack for everyone and make sure there are facilities available. You need to add additional food and supplies for them if you add any additional people at the last minute. An indispensable item to pack for your camping trip is Ziploc bags. You can separate items in your gear like sunscreen and bug spray so if they puncture they do not get all over your gear. You can also use them to keep items like matches and cellphones dry if it rains. When looking into a campground, inquire about the different fees they may charge. You may find that you are charged for water, electric, fire wood and additional campers. Learning the fees ahead of time will allow you to properly budget for your camping trip. It will help you avoid becoming stressed at the gates and ruining your trip. Before it is time for you to get some sleep, do not leave your sleeping bag rolled up until right. Lay it out right away so that it can loft up and give you the highest level of insulation. Do the same for any sleeping pads you have brought along. Recreational camping is not just for warm weather. You can go camping in early spring and late fall at most camping grounds if you are feeling especially adventurous. You can even camp in the snow if you have the right gear. Make sure your sleeping bags are suitable for whatever weather you are camping in. If you are camping with young children, make sure you plan activities for them and bring them toys to play with. Children need more to keep them occupied, even though you may be fine with a book on the picnic blanket. Don't forget to keep travel games in mind, also. Know what types of poisonous plants to watch out for when you are camping. This is especially important if you have kids and they are unaware of dangers lurking. The three common poisonous plants to watch out for are poison ivy, poison sumac and poison-oak. The best rule of thumb to remember these plants by, avoid trees with three leaves or carrying berries. An excellent camping trip that absolutely everyone should use is to bring along some cotton balls that are soaked with Vaseline. These little balls make wonderful tinder when starting a fire as they burn for quite some time. Make sure to pack them up in a waterproof container though. As you can now see, it's pretty easy to go camping while working with a limited budget. There is affordable camping equipment out there for anyone to use, all you have to do is find it and buy it. 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