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CAREFREE CAMPING


Camping is an excellent way to be able to observe nature, to explore, to relax and to save money on traveling. I have a confession. The last time I ever went officially camping was when I was in elementary school. We went with my best friend at the time and camped at the camp ground at Lake Casitas. Soon I will again be going on a camping adventure, but this time as an adult. Soooo this time I need to think in advance and to prepare for the trip instead of just riding along. What are some techniques that are important to know in camping? What are some big do’s and some big don’ts? Below I have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts according to my own personal research into a beginners guide to successful, fun and simple camping excursions. Hope it is as helpful to you as it is to me!

Do:

Bring a tent. If you aren’t planning on sleeping under the stars and in the mosquitoes (which eat me alive)

Don’t:

Bring the wrong tent size. Tent sizes matter, never trust a tent size unless you’ve been able to see it/test it out. Unless you are going to be backpacking (in which case choose smaller and lighter)

Do:

Bring bug repellent.

Don’t:

Arrive late to the campsite.

Do:

Make a camping list

Don’t:



Rely on a campfire or BBQ’s for food. Pack and plan food supplies that last and are able to be eaten without cooking and pack as if you will not have access to grocery stores or supply stores. Also don’t forget the can opener. . . Or matches/firestarters and firewood if you are planning to have a fire.

Do:

Bring a boredom kit and plan to explore and hike

Do:

Check out the rules of the campground and know what you can and cannot do in advance

Do:

Be aware of wild animals in the area, don’t torment them, don’t feed them. . . do admire them from a distance and make sure to clean up after yourself and not leave anything that could hurt them.

Do:

Bring a flashlight and safety/first aid kit

Don’t:

Expect electricity, if needed bring car chargers or even better go without electronics!

Do: 

Enjoy your time!


Some more tips & tricks!

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/expert-advice/the-beginners-guide-to-camping

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/10956923/The-10-most-common-mistakes-people-make-when-they-go-camping.html

http://www.recreation.gov/

http://www.active.com/outdoors/camping/articles

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