If you talk to enough people, you will get all sorts of tips on camping. For beginners or people who have been away from camping for a while, this can be a little intimidating. The good news is most tips on camping can be compartmentalized into four basic areas.
By using these four basic areas as your guide, you can ensure that you are covering all the bases for your next camping trip:
1. Get the Right Equipment . If you are new to camping, you will need a good basic camping checklist and start buying camping equipment. If you already have existing camping gear, you will need to do an inventory and see what other things need to be replaced or added for your next camping trip. The best advice for finding good equipment is to use reviews and research products that have been on the market for a number of years. You are far more likely to get honest reviews that are not monopoly by marketing hype by going after products that have been tested.
2. Research your Camping Site . Knowledge about your camping site is an invaluable resource as it will help you plan your activities, your actual base camp, and will allow you to create your safety plan. General pieces of knowledge everyone should know is what are the basic landmarks of the camping area (roads, rivers, trails, etc.) and where is the nearest store and hospital. These are vitally important in helping you make your safety plan. Other pieces of information that are valuable are knowing how the land will be in the season you are going and what wildlife you may encounter. The answers to these questions may dictate the need for additional supplies or adjusting the supplies you plan on bringing.
3. Learn or Refresh Yourself on General Camping Tips . The second best thing to first hand experience is to learn from others examples. Read up all you can on all the camping websites, forums, camping books to get as much information as you can. The more you know the better off you will be. Also, do not be afraid to post threads asking questions on forums or send emails to camping experts. Campers tend to be very helpful people and so be sure to take advantage by letting them share some of the knowledge they have picked up while camping.
4. Decide What Things You Want To Do While Camping . This is important because you will want to adjust your gear to accommodate certain activities. Naturally, if you plan on doing some birdwatching or stargazing, you should bring along a pair of binoculars. If you plan on doing any hunting or fishing, you need to bring some of that gear. Also, be sure that you are bringing along some things to keep you entertained in case you get rainy or bad weather and are stuck in your tent for a few hours. A simple deck of cards can work great here. Just decide on what you would enjoy doing with this down time. Finally, make sure you allocate some free time where you and your group are just sitting back and enjoying nature. For many people, this is the best part.