People don’t seem to go camping as much as they used to – perhaps because there’s much more to do at home these days when compared to a couple of decades ago or so. This increased comfort that we feel with staying indoors makes camping seem more of a challenge than it actually is. Of course, those who do decide to go camping may also find that camping in indeed more challenging than many assume it to be!
Camping is a brilliant activity, one that helps you deepen important life skills, appreciate nature, and get away from the hustle and bustle of the average daily life. But it’s essential that you don’t head out there if you think you’re not cut out for it. But whether or not you are cut out for it isn’t something you should assume you know the answer to.
If it’s your first time camping you are not alone.
We’re going to take a look at some of the important things you need to factor into your decision, as well as some tips that should help you out if you’re not feeling all that confident.
Can you pitch a tent?
Perhaps one of the most common mistakes that people make in this area is that they head out somewhere without knowing how to pitch a tent, or how to pitch the specific tent they’ve brought along with them. Even a pitched tent may not be stable enough to see you through the night if it hasn’t been done correctly!
There are loads of tips for tent pitching over at http://thecampingfamily.com/pitching-a-tent.html. However you go about it, make sure you practice pitching that tent at least a couple of times in your garden or in a nearby field, before you head out on your trip.
Are you prepared for the varying temperatures?
You’re going to need to know how to deal with heat and cold. When the summer sun is blazing, people tend to make a lot of mistakes – more so than in colder weather. People tend up half-baking themselves by not camping in the shade, or by using suffocating tent material. You can read more about tent materials at http://tentsandcampgear.com/different-tent-fabric-types/. There are certain types that are better for cold weather and others that are more suited to dealing with sunlight.
Dealing with the cold tends to have more obvious solutions – campfires, blankets, etc. But you need to be careful not to rely on a campfire too much! Make sure you know how to make one and put it out safely. This is another thing you may want to practice locally, if possible.
Do you know the area?
It’s not wise to go camping without having first explored the area. Even those who have camped many times before should scout a location if it’s the first time they’re going to camp there. You might be able to get away without scouting if you’re going to an established national park site – you can read more about this at http://travelchannel.com/interests/national-parks/photos/best-national-park-camping-sites. In general, you’ll need to find a good camping spot, get a feel of the temperatures and natural resources, research the nearby wildlife… going out there without this information may put you in danger!