CAMPING MISTAKES TO AVOID
Camping is a popular pastime because it gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy all that what nature has to offer. However, your outdoor adventure can become a miserable and stressful experience if commit common camping mistakes. As a new camper, you might not even be aware of what you’re doing. If you want to have a great time in the great outdoors, here are some typical camping mistakes you should try to avoid.
Poor planning is one of the worst camping mistakes you can make. A camping trip can be delayed or even cancelled because you didn’t research your destination ahead of time. For example, some campsites require advanced booking. You can’t just show up without reserving your slot. If you want to have a successful camping trip, you have to spend enough time planning and preparing for it. Researching your campsite will also tell you what type of camping gear and supplies you need to bring.
When buying camping gear, newbies tend to either go too big or go too small. Those who go too big purchase the largest and most expensive items, while those who go too small buy the cheapest gear they can find. Both scenarios can lead to inappropriate gear.
While there’s nothing wrong with splurging or scrimping when it comes to camping gear, your purchases must be based on your camping needs and preferences. For example, you don’t need a four-person tent if you’re a solo camper. You also don’t need a four-season sleeping bag if you only camp in the summer. Conversely, you need gear that is sturdy (even if it’s a bit more expensive) if you are planning for frequent camping adventures.
One of the reasons why people love camping is because you can revert to a simpler way of life. You’ll only need a few basic items to survive. As such, another camping mistake is overpacking. Keep it simple and stick to the essential items. You’ll be able to survive without your luxury items for a few days. If you choose to bring a mobile device, you’ll also need to bring a case, charger and battery pack. Your backpack will quickly fill up and be a strain to carry. It’ll be harder for you to carry it if you need to hike to reach your campsite. So, keep your load simple and light. Remember, everything you take has to be packed, unpacked and maintained each time you go camping. Overpacking ends up being a lot of work.
It takes a lot of time to set up your campsite. You need to survey the land to find a suitable spot to pitch your tent. You also need to unpack and organise your gear and food supplies. If you’re new to camping, it takes time to build a campfire as well. So, arriving late to your campsite — especially if the sun has already set — is a camping mistake to avoid. It is hard to set up a campsite in the dark. Make sure you arrive early in the day when there’s sufficient light to accomplish these tasks.
LEAVING FOOD UNATTENDED
Leaving your food unattended will attract insects, bugs and wildlife to your campsite. If there are larger animals in the area, they can even pose a threat to your safety. This camping mistake can also affect the quality of your camping trip. If your ingredients aren’t stored properly, they’ll spoil easily, and you’ll quickly run out of food on your camping trip.
Moreover, as part of the leave no trace principle, campers shouldn’t leave leftover food and litter around their campsite.
If you’re new to camping, it’s understandable to be unfamiliar with everything you need to do. Hopefully, by pointing out these camping mistakes, you can avoid them. Ultimately, the goal is for you to have a fun and enjoyable camping trip.
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