While a camping vacation may sound fun, there are a lot of things that can ruin an adventure in the outdoors, and if you don’t plan accordingly your camping trip may turn into a nightmare.
Well folks with expertise on camping are now sharing some tips you may not know you needed. It all started when someone posed the question to Reddit, “Campers of reddit, what are some tips for someone who doesn't camp very often?,” and plenty of experts were more than happy to help.
Camping tips include:
- "If you are planning on having a fire going to keep warm all night, gather wood. Once you think you have gathered enough, gather 5 times more."
- “Bring tarps. They are so important for rainy camping. They are light, cheap and can protect anything from rain. Cover your tent, your gear, or turn them into a roof over your place to sit/eat."
- “Bring lots of tin foil. It's god's gift to camping food."
- "Always pack emergency blankets. They're so tiny and inconsequential to pack, yet they reflect a ton of heat for their weight. They also work great as tent liners when it's cold and they can keep you dry, too."
- "Tortillas stay fresh significantly longer than bread, they're easier to pack, and are far more versatile. In a pinch, a tortilla with peanut butter and honey is a great meal."
- "Go to a proper outdoor supply store, and buy the absolute best bug spray you can find."
- "Make sure you tell someone back home where you are camping and a time-frame of when you should be returning. You never know what might happen."
- "Seal everything in watertight bags, even if your backpack is waterproof. Get separate dry bags for clothes that can be fully sealed."
- "Don't go too far off the beaten path. If you don't camp very often, you'll probably forget something you need. You won't want to hike or drive for hours to get to the nearest town."
- "If your tent is new, practice putting it up beforehand. Make sure you know how to do it quickly in case it's pouring rain."
- "Having the right attitude makes all the difference. Resign yourself to feeling a little damp, a little soggy, a little cold, uncomfortable, and tired. Once you do that, you'll be able to relax and go with the flow."
- "Set up camp before you do anything else, especially before you start drinking."