Have you ever gone camping? Does the sound of wild wind, smell of fresh air and the buzzing sound of crickets entice you? Have you ever wanted to gaze at the stars? Will this be your first camping trip? Well this article is going to provide you with some useful information for a camping trip.
Firstly, the most important thing to do before planning your camping trip is to make sure you give the details about the trip to someone you know.The details may include where you are camping, how long you will be gone, who you will be with and any other details can be very useful in case you fail to return in the stipulated time you said you would or in the event of an emergency.
How you plan your trip?
So when planning you trip, you should first know where you will go, how you plan to know the area you are planning to camp into and where to get the map of the place. You should make sure you get the map of the place, this is very important. Where can i get a map? You can find maps at outdoor stores and online. Also, in planning accordingly you should check the weather of your camping location.
What equipment you need.
Camping requires equipment, basic equipment is similar for beginner or seasoned experts. There is a lot of high-quality camping equipment available to make you more comfortable when staying outdoors, for those just starting out, most of these equipment are not necessary. You should choose quality equipment and remember not to blow your budget for expensive one since costly does not guarantee you top quality.
Some of the basic gear you will need for your trip include;
If you will be camping with the whole family, you may decide to have two tents; one for the adults and the other for children. Decide on how the number of people who will be sleeping in one tent. Purchasing a tent that will hold more people than the number expected to be sleeping inside is more advisable, this guarantees a more comfortable arrangement.
2. Sleeping bags.
Sleeping bags come in different sizes and shapes. They are graded for temperature. Make sure you are able to choose a comfortable size and one that is appropriate for the season.
3. Meal and cooking equipment.
If you are cooking in your own kitchen, a small portable propane stove is the perfect choice. It makes mealtime easy and is very handy. You can also opt for for a stove with both burners and grill or a barbecue. To be more environmental conscious you may decide to choose washable dishes and do not forget two plastic bins for washing up.
4. Food storage and coolers.
For food that do not require refrigeration you can use plastic bags to hold them. For refrigerated foods, you can have two separate coolers big enough to allow blocks of ice, and should be of different sizes. I consider have two separate coolers, one for refrigerated foods and the other for frozen foods. Make sure to select coolers with handles and a snap-lock lid.
5. Portable generator.
A portable generator can be of great assistance in the wake of a storm or other unforeseen circumstance. The best portable generator i will recommend are the ones fueled by gasoline or diesel. What make them great is that, they provide clean, safe and portable power during camping. It is always handy especially those trips you make to the bathroom.
Cloth bag like as a hockey bag is the best luggage for camping since it holds up much clothing. a stiff sided luggage takes up space and does not hold much clothing.
A basic survival kit, a flashlight and a cell phone will be needed in case of emergencies. You can also by a tarp to shelter your tent in case of rain.
If you are considering to bring some extra items, you can think of items that fit your lifestyle like a extra pair of sandals, sunscreen or a doormat for entry to your tent.
Packing and clothing.
The key to a greater camping experience is minimal gear, pack only the necessities. You should determine the number of days that you will be gone camping, and determine the number of clothes you will need for the period that you will be staying, and then cut that number in half. When packing ensure you have rolled clothing, they take less space that those that are stacked.
In camping there is a lot of planning involved so does food planning too. Your menu should be prepared ahead of time, and have a menu for each meal. A more detailed menu will ensure a better preparation to shop what you exactly require.
Supper meals should be chosen and prepared ahead of time and be frozen, in order to save space freeze as much as you can in plastic bags. One advantage of freezing is that you may not have to buy many blocks of ice for cooler since you will have “ice” ready.
The more food you can prepare at home the better, since you will have to put with less time cooking at camp. It is advisable to do your preparation of the food that you can freeze few weeks ahead of time and the rest the day before yo leave.
Camping trips can be educative and fun. However, for them to be a reality, it is essential for everyone planning to camp to be aware of some general rules to follow. Some of the tips that will make your experience fun keep you from getting frustrated that one may consider before he or she leaves include:
a. Choosing tent wisely
The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a tent are weather rating, weight and size.
b. Pitch position consideration.
When pitching a tent you should consider choosing your location very wisely. Avoid sleeping on a slope. Choose a place where there is trees on one side of you, this will ensure protection from the heat. When planning to have an open fire, try and make sure that the flames will not reach overhanging branches that could trigger fire.
c. Dealing with food needs.
You will need to deal with your needs appropriately, most of the time when you go camping you may not be very well familiar with the place and therefore not knowing if their are shops in local vicinity. Therefore, in such a case so as to assure no one goes angry, you will need to carry some basic food items with you. Carry gas cylinders if you are planning on cooking your own meals, and make sure that the cylinders are full. Do not forget matches and remember to keep them dry.
Stay organized, Be tidy, neat and organized outside the campgrounds and inside the tent. Not allowing dirty shoes inside the tent can be way of making the camping trip cleaner and a more enjoyable experience.
e. Leave no trace.
Make sure you tidy up yourself and try not to leave no traces of you being there. and make sure you tidy up yourself at the end of your camping trip, this is essential, especially is using a public campsite.
d. Next time preparation.
Prepare for next time. From the moment you end the current camping trip you should prepare for your next trip. This is to say, all your equipment should be well packed and the tent included in a way simple and easy to start for the next camping trip.
The Code of Ethics in Camping
You should stay in designated trails and roads, especially when travelling to your favorite camping spot. Negotiating terrain for your type of travel is one best practice considered as very good idea for those who want to come. It ensures that you do not create routes and the habitat is not disturbed or existing trails expanded. Only cross at fords where the trail crosses the stream, when you come across a stream. Comply with all the barriers and signs, when you come to a posted sign, they are there for reason. You are advised to leave details with someone at home before leaving, and it is more advisable to go camping with two or more campers. Going solo can leave you vulnerable just in case you have breakdown or an accident.
Respect the rights of others. Allow other campers to enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed. and you should also be considerate of others on the compound, road or trail.
In the early evening and morning hours keep the noise at minimum. Keep your distance, be considerate of other campers` privacy and you should avoid travelling in their camp sites.
Ask permission from the land owner, when crossing private property.
Educate yourself by planning your trip, obtaining travel maps,Carry a compass , knowing how to operate and use equipment safely and taking recreational classes.
Always tell someone of travel plans. Make a realistic plan, and stick to it.
For areas of restrictions, permit requirements and closure, contact the land managers.
Pack emergency item to prepare for the unexpected.
Carry a compass and know how to use it. Also check the weather forecast of your destination. Equipment, clothing and supplies should be planned accordingly.
Sensitive areas such as lake shores, meadows, streams and wetlands, should be avoided, unless on designated routes.
Some other sensitive habitats to avoid unless on designated routes include tundra, breeding or seasonal nesting areas. Pale ontological, archaeological, and historical sites should not be disturbed. In Designated wilderness mechanized and motorized are not allowed.
Use of fire should be minimized. Spread of invasive species should be avoided. Degraded areas should be restored. Leave the area better the are than you found it. Waste should be disposed properly.
Food and snacks should be repackaged in baggies, this helps in reducing the amount of trash that is going to be carried out.
When possible use the existing campsites. Tents should be placed on a non vegetated area and you should camp on surfaces that are durable . In places around the tent you should avoid digging trenches. It is advisable that you camp at least 200 meters from trails, other campsites and water. When cooking it is also recommendable to use a camp stove. They are preferable to a campfire in terms of impact of the land. All the fire restrictions that are given should be observed.
Your advised to let your fire burn down to fun ash and try and ensure that, the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the site, this will ensure the disaster of fire eruption are eliminated.
One of the most important advisable to do, is to avoid to wash in lakes and streams. The detergents, soap and toothpaste used harm the fish and other aquatic life. Washing 20 feet away from lakes and stream is the best thing to do. You can scatter grey water to filter through the soil.
In areas where toilets are not available, you can decide to bury the waste, pack your waste or use pit latrines. However, when you decide to bury your waste, and only if it is necessary, the human waste should be disposed of in a shallow hole and should be at least be 200 meters away from the campsite, trail or water sources, The hall should be covered and disguised with natural materials. Highly used areas may have some restrictions so it is highly recommended you check with a land manager.
Camping is so much more than just a recreational activity. It has become part of our lives. It can be enjoyed by all ages and can be done at any time throughout the year. Many people have different perceptions about camping and love it because of different reasons. Some love camping because they enjoy mothers nature experience. Planning ahead can really start experience on the right foot. Chances of you forgetting anything are low and you have backup plans in case of emergencies.