A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO PLAN A CAMPING TRIP
Camping is a very refreshing and fun activity any member of your group or family can participate in. It’s a great way to spend time with family and friends. It’s also an excellent way to experience the beauty of nature. If you’re feeling stressed out because you’ve been working very hard, camping is a great way to de-stress. Breathe the clean air in and let go of all the negativity.
But to do all these things, you must first make sure that your camping trip goes as smooth as possible. The best way to do that is to plan the trip properly. Here are a few of my tips you can follow to ensure a smooth camping experience.
MAKE AN ACTION PLAN
To ensure that your camping trip goes as smoothly as possible, make sure you make an action plan. Write down the activities you’ll be doing and your schedule. I always like to add a little more time to complete activities than I think they will take. An action plan with ample time allowances gives a little bit more flexibility and activities can often take a little longer than you thought. After you’ve made your action plan, you can now make a checklist of everything that you need to bring.
PREPARE YOUR GEAR
Consider the gear you need to bring. Take a look at your checklist and see if you need to carry a bigger backpack. Plan out how you’ll pack all the things you need. If you need to hike a few miles to reach the campsite, you might want to rethink about bringing heavy gear. Leave the extras and carry what you only need. I always start with a list of what I want to take and then start cutting back when decision time comes.
Make sure to take a good night’s sleep so that you’re in great condition the day of the trip. You don’t want to be tired when your camping trip has just started. That will ruin the experience. This is very important, especially if you need to hike to the campsite. Being fully prepared also includes the time to rest up before going on your adventure.
THINK ABOUT YOUR FOOD OPTIONS
When camping, it’s a good idea to bring only non-perishable food if you’ll be camping for more than two days. Canned goods, granola bars, drink powders, bread and peanut butter are all excellent choices. If you’re bringing perishable food, bring an esky and fill it up with ice blocks and not ice cubes. Stack perishable food so that you can get to it easy, packing it last is the easiest way to make sure of that. Eskies are great as long as you are not travelling far by foot.
When going camping, dressing appropriately is a must. You don’t need to get glammed up. Camping clothes are much more comfortable anyway. If you’re expecting rain, then pack rain gear. Quick-dry clothing is also a great option. Again, try to pack less by choosing clothing that has a number of functions.
ALWAYS BRING NAVIGATION TOOLS
This one is important but often missed. Never forget to bring some navigation tools like a map, compass or handheld GPS receiver. This is a must if you’ll be hiking or exploring the woods. Also, bring extra batteries if you’ll be using a GPS receiver. The good old compass is something you should always have on hand.
SUNSCREEN IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Sunscreen is an absolute must to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. Ultraviolet rays are not always obvious on overcast days but will still give you nasty sunburn if you are not prepared.
ALWAYS PROCEED WITH CAUTION
When camping, it’s often the case that some rough terrain will be unavoidable. Be prepared by reading up on what to wary of, such as poisonous plants and insects. Research the area surrounding your intended campsite, so you can bring all the things you need if something unfortunate happens. This should include a first aid kit, insect repellent and other precautionary measures based on what you found out during your research. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
While these are some of the rules I’ve set myself when camping, there is always something new I pick up each time I go camping. If you are just getting started, I think it is better camp where others do until you get more experienced.
Do you have any extra tips for those getting started in camping? Share you experience below.