5 Great Camping Tips [Guest Post]

Camping tips for everyone!

Whether you’re an avid camper or about to enjoy your first time, there are plenty of great things that go along with camping. It’s a great way to spend time with people you love, it gets you away from the craziness of the real world and it allows you to be at peace with the earth.

But in order for your camping trip to be successful, you need to make sure that have the right plan and bring the right gear. The following camping tips will help ensure that you have the best possible camping experience.

1. Locate your area first.

Before you can camp, you need to know where you’re going. Use the power of the Internet to research camp sites either in your area or at your preferred location. You should also check that the campsite has all the features and amenities you want. Some put a limit on the amount of nights you can stay. Others have great lakes for fishing but they don’t allow you to hike the trails. And if you want to hike, you don’t want to end up at this campsite. Knowing where you’re going ahead of time can save drama and disappointment in the end.

Once you have determined where to go, you must then use a map to determine the exact coordinates of the site, which can help you create the best possible directions. If you get lost, having this information on hand will make finding help easier.

2. Make reservations.

Treat camping like staying in a hotel—it’s always better to make reservations. You may have your heart set on camping at a specific location only to get there and realize there are no campsites left. You’ll either then be stuck turning around and going home or settling for another campsite.

Before you hit the road, always call the campsite first and make a reservation. This way, you know that the minute you get to the campground, you’ll have a place to stay.

3. Keep your essentials together.

Camping is about getting back to basics, so only bring the items that are completely necessary for your trip. It is also a great idea to try and condense items into one specific bag than have multiple bags. Some campsites won’t let you park near your actual campsite, and you don’t want to be stuck lugging 20 different bags in order to find your tent. If you keep everything together in one location, it will be easier to travel with and easier to locate.

4. Eat the basics.

Camping is not the time to get crafty with your meals or decide you’re on some intricate diet plan. If you want to camp successfully, you need to stick with your basic food items, such as hot dogs, beans, corn and s’mores. You want to bring food items that can survive without being refrigerated, and you also want those items that can easily be cooked over a fire. Plus, you always need to make sure that you’re bringing the proper cooking utensils, as most campsites will not provide you with this.

5. Stick to the buddy system with flashlights.

Unfamiliar campgrounds can create serious danger zones. If someone needs to leave the campsite, make sure that someone else goes with them. The buddy system proves safe in many situations, and it is also safe to use while camping. You never know how easily someone can become hurt while hiking or swimming, and without a buddy, it will be hard to know where they are or even help to save them.

If you need to leave the campsite at night, always bring a flashlight. Those woods create an extremely dark background, and if you don’t have the means to light up your path, you ma not end up back at your site.

So before you make the family camping trip, make sure that you have everything you need and that you use these tips to make sure that everyone has a good time and that everyone remains safe.

Kathryn Pierre is a travel agent and writer.  She enjoys writing about camping and traveling.  Kathryn also writes articles for a Bahamas vacation resort.

Photo credit: Kassia

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