With the many ways one can do camping, from the comforts of home …
like camping in RV’s to tent camping, there are forms of camping for everyone that will make that perfect vacation.
Looking for a way to vacation on a low-budget, then camping is one of the best ways to get outdoors and see the country while maintaining a low-budget. With the many ways one can do camping, from the comforts of home-like camping in RV’s to tent camping, there is forms of camping for everyone that will make that perfect vacation. Tent camping is very popular for the younger families. Tent camping can be a wonderful experience for the seasoned camper; however, it can be a disaster for the beginner.
Having an enjoyable and memorable camping trip means being prepared for all the elements that you might encounter. The things that can go wrong on a camping trip is countless, weather, bugs, bad bathrooms, uneven ground, bad food the list just continues. Having a good plan of action can eliminate many of these problems before they occur.
Most important, a camper with a good plan knows how to adjust to the unexpected elements that can be thrown your way. As hard as it may seem, you can always make the most of any situation. A camper that is prepared for the unexpected will surely have a better camping experience.
A camping check list is a must have. Where you will be camping, the weather conditions, and for how long will help determine the supplies you may need to take. Always pack to meet your basic needs first: food, shelter, and comfort. The shelter is one of the most important items to help assure your camping trip will be a success story instead of a horror story. Try to get a camping tent that is larger than needed, this will give you some additional space. A good tarp over the tent is a good idea to help protect you and your supplies in inclement weather. The camping checklist needs to be updated during and after each trip, for no two camping trips are the same? Its’ better to be over stocked with items, than need it and not have it.
One thing I love to have while camping, well at least in the summer time and as I don’t do much camping in the winter anyway, but a hanging hammock for camping is always great to hang between two trees. Hung high enough to be off the ground 4 or 5 feet when you in it. Just make sure it’s tied securely around the tree or you will find yourself on the forrest floor in no time.
When packing for your trip, let the kids pack all of their belongings. Everyone should have their own flashlight and games. Have them pack their small items in a duffel-bag with their sleeping bag. Once at the campsite encourage everyone to replace any item they use back where it came from. This will eliminate the next person from having to spend time looking for something that is needed. In addition, when packing the group supplies pack each room in separate containers, this way everything has its ‘own place. A good first aid kit is a must have.
Food is one of the most important items for an enjoyable camping trip. Once the family has decided on the type meals you will be preparing, you will need to decide on how to cook them. A good outdoor camping stove or outdoor camping grill will be needed. If you plan on cooking over an open camp fire, a good cooking-grate is a must have.
Taking the time needed to plan your camping trip will increase the odds of your family’s trip being a wonderful experience and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
by Larry West,
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Camping Gadgets – The Effects Of Technology On Camping
Have we ruined camping by trying to find camping spots with reception? Are we forgetting what camping is all about? Have camping gadgets gone too far? In this piece Justin discusses where it’s all going and if you should be concerned.
“I can’t get reception”
Is this really something you want to hear when you go camping? With mobile phone reception pushing further and further inland it’s almost possible to make a phone call anywhere. Add satellite reception and you’ve almost got 100% coverage. Is this really a good thing? On one hand i’d say no.
I believe that camping should be about getting “back to basics”. However, is my definition of “basic” antiquated?
There are a number of times where you really want mobile coverage. Getting reception means you can access help a lot quicker than before, this could even lead to saving lives. You can easily contact people if they get lost and you can check weather updates and more. Clearly, being able to use a mobile phone improves your chances of survival and reduces some of the risk involved with long range hiking or adventuring. Or is that part of the excitement?
Some camping gadgets have come a full circle. Batteries used to power all our devices, like phones, torches, cameras etc. However, the trend now is towards self-reliance. Wind up and solar technology is leading the “charge” (pun intended). We expect our gadgets to now work without having to continuously run back to home to charge them up. I believe this is a good thing. Solar power is now getting the level of efficiency that whole villages can run basic devices from only a small array. Wind up technology means we will always have light and access to a radio.
What is basic camping
There was a time when basic camping meant, shelter, a sleeping bag and some food. Now we have iPads, light weight synthetic sleeping bags, high powered headlamps, night vision and high tech lightweight tents.
Basic it seems is over. Or is it? Some say this is simply progress.
Why would you want to sleep on the ground, why would you want your basic shelter to blow away and why would you want to not eat just because you can’t start a fire? Camping gadgets are designed to help in these situations and thus help us enjoy camping more. I don’t think these gadgets detract from the experience, I think they enhance it!
Of course there are limits. When does camping simply become moving your house from one spot to another? The very essence of camping is to enjoy, get in touch with and embrace the great outdoors, not colonise the area and move on. The perfect camp is a minimal impact camp where it’s difficult to tell if you were even there. These’s no point in going camping if all you’re going to do is setup a TV and a playstation and not move.
No doubt chainsaws, multi tools, special tents and solar power for “advices” make camping easy, but let’s not get too carried away. It’s still fun to chop down a tree, it’s still fun to stare into the fire for hours and it’s still fun to sit around and talk.
How Dangerous Camping Can Be
Even though camping can at times be life-threatening, observing particular safety safeguards can add to a positive camping experience for many families. Don’t forget the following facts to keep safety first while you are on your next camping venture.
Camping is fun for the whole family but be aware of the risks and take steps to protect yourself and your family. Safety should be the most important facet of your camping out trip here are a few things to think about on your next camping excursion.
When you first get to your camping spot, spend a while and look the place over. Take care to look for items like smashed glass and other trash that might cause a problem. It is good personal manners to leave the campground in a better condition than when you found it, but numerous people don’t live up to that high standard and you may end up being caught with the the trash left by others. Take a little while to clean up the camp site before you set up your tent. Scout the area for any dangerous obstacles such as rocks or sticks that could be a tripping hazard. It’s essential to keep your camp site neat and clean to head off avoidable accidents.
Before you go camping out make sure that you check to see if the location you are going to be camping in has any limitations on campfires. If the weather circumstances and lack of rain have made your camping place dry, you may find that there are limitations in using campfires. The restrictions are put in place to try to help prevent forest fires. When it’s windy you may prefer to avoid a fire in the camp as the wind can make the fire to spread fast to different areas of your campsite. Make sure to always keep water handy to douse the flame and never go to bed without burying the fire first otherwise a camping out trip can quickly get out of control if you don’t practice fire safety.
Constantly be sure to take a emergency first aid kit with you when you’re camping out and keep yourself well hydrated. Try to find out if you may be susceptible to something, like to bee stings before you go on a camping out excursion. You don’t want to discover that you’re vulnerable to a bee sting when you’re a good distance away from the nearest infirmary. If you have allergies or a potentially life-threatening allergic response to bee stings and such, make sure you have the proper medicine with you at all times. Before you leave home check to see what types of poisonous plants and creatures are in the place and be equipped to deal with them on your camping excursion should the need arise.
Camping out can be a time for making memories and having enjoyment. If you take the proper safety precautions when you go, you will find that your trip will go smoothly and worry free. Make sure to keep safety first and your excursion will go off without a hitch!