If you enjoyed camping as a child, then you can still enjoy it as an adult. You can still have fun with the proper information and the drive to enjoy your experience. Use this advice to help you!
Make Camp First
Make sure that your campsite is complete before night breaks. Locate a flat area of dry ground if you plan to pitch a tent. Doing this when you still have daylight lets you get familiar with the area. This will save you from feeling stressed and frustrated, as you can see exactly what you're doing.
Quick and Easy Fires
You can use dryer lint to kindle your campfire. A month prior to your trip, start saving the lint you pull from the lint screen in your dryer. You can simply stuff it all into a plastic bag you keep near the dryer. That technique lets you simply grab the lint you'll use right before you go on your trip.
Take Plenty of Food
Make sure to pack plenty of food, and pack the right kind too. Depending upon how long your trip will last, you should have plenty of food that won't spoil over the course of your trip. You don't want to get food poisoning, so you want food that doesn't spoil easily. Therefore, it is imperative to maintain the highest level of preparation with your food.
If you camp in an area known to have dangerous wildlife, be sure to incorporate extra precautions to stow away food securely. Wrap your food up tight and keep it far away from seeing areas. This can help you to prevent an attack or being overrun from racoons or even something more problematic.
Although you want to live on as little as possible while camping, you need to prepare yourself for your trip. Blankets are essential, in addition to a sleeping bag, to maximize comfort. This will keep you warm if it gets really cool at night and/or you can use them for additional padding.
Pitching a tent can be complicated for anyone, but it is especially difficult for beginner campers. Before you take it on your first trip, practice setting up your tent. When you do this, you'll know exactly what it takes to get your tent set up in a timely manner. Practicing how to pitch a tent will also ensure you can quickly set up your tent when you arrive at your campsite.
You need to make sure you have everything you need when you go camping. Even just a few missing items can turn your trip into a disaster. Making a list and checking things off is a good way to remember everything. You need to include things like; hand sanitizer, fire starters, utility knife, water, tarps, sleeping bags, tents and prepared foods.
It's best to start slow and try a night or two for camping. If you are out for a night it's hard to mess up. From there you can stretch to all weekends and longer stay in the great outdoors. Many people simply get overwhelmed with the idea of camping. The truth is you will never regret spending time outside with your family, friends and loved ones. Do yourself a favor and get back to camping to enjoy the great outdoors.