Looking to take some time away to enjoy the great outdoors? A camping trip may be the perfect thing to do for your next vacation. Camping can be a fantastic, relaxing way to get away from it all. But if you don’t adequately prepare, it has the potential to be a disaster. Follow these tips to make sure your trip will be as fun and relaxing as you hope.
Reserve Ahead of Time
Some people are surprised when they try to book a camping spot weeks before their trip, only to learn it is booked for the next three months! Some of the most popular camping spots are in such high demand that it’s necessary to reserve them months ahead of time. If you can’t snag a spot at the campground of your choice, check out other nearby options. Reserve America and USFS are two great resources for finding and reserving campgrounds.
There’s nothing worse than hiking to your camping spot and realizing you forgot the sandwich buns. Be sure to create a meal list and double-check it before you leave. It’s best to stick with meals that are easy to cook over a camp stove. Eggs, bacon, hot dogs and sandwiches are all good bets. And don’t forget the condiments! If you’re bringing hot dogs, for instance, leaving the ketchup at home can be a major bust.
Be sure to research the weather conditions of the area in which you’re staying. As you climb to a higher elevation, it can get cold pretty quickly. If you’re venturing to the desert, it might get colder at night than you expect.
Be sure to stock extra warm or cool weather clothing, as well as rain coats or ponchos, just in case the weather surprises you.
Perhaps nothing feels more like “roughing it” than sleeping on the ground. If you’re lucky to be camping in a spot with soft dirt, you’re in a much better position than if you’re camping in a rocky area. But whatever the conditions, you’ll probably want to use a sleeping pad or some type of cushion to save your back and ensure you get plenty of rest for hiking, fishing and other activities.
Many camping spots may not have easy access to supplies, so you’ll want to be sure to bring some essential items along. A hammer is important to bring so that you can pitch your tent securely. A knife, matches, insect repellent, sun screen, and firewood are some other items you don’t want to overlook.
Camping trips don’t always turn out to be dream vacations, but with the right preparation, you’ll be on your way to a relaxing and enjoyable trip.