There are few ways to travel that can get you quite as close to nature and away from the stresses of daily modern life than camping can. As such, a lot of people become camping fans after they’ve tried it even once. However, as a neophyte camper, you are not likely to have experienced the very best of getting out there in the wild, combining comfort and convenience with the raw experience of some natural beauty. As such, here are a few tips to help you get the very best of your camping trips.
Plan ahead with your food
Even if you plan on supplement your trip by going fishing or hunting, then you should make sure that you always bring enough food and beverages to keep everyone fully fed throughout the trip. You never exactly know how easy it is going to be to find food onsite, so it’s better to be a little overprepared than to run out of food. Make sure that you have the equipment to reliably cook the food, such as a portable stove and a grill to go over it and, most importantly, make sure that you’re extra safe with your food. Bring a meat thermometer with you. No-one wants a trip to end sooner than it should because someone has come down with food poisoning, of all things.
Don’t think you can only camp in the summer
First of all, one of the ways to make sure that you’re getting the best camping experiences possible is to make sure that you’re closing the door on any potential experiences just because they’re not what you would usually expect. Camping can be done any time of year, and some people even prefer winter camping since popular spots tend to finally be free of people, and there are some spots that look their best in the pale light of winter. Just make sure to follow a winter camping checklist to ensure that you say warm, comfortable, and safe if you are going out there at the chillier times of the year.
Drive your accommodation with you
If you want to enjoy the very best in comfort when you go camping, then you’re not likely to find it by packing a tent in the boot of your car. Rather, if you’re making camping a more regular part of your travel lifestyle, you should consider instead looking at outback campers. A good camper can offer a lot of the comforts of home and much sturdier protection against the elements, meaning that you can become a much more versatile traveller. You don’t need to worry about a tent flooding or having inadequate shelter from the cold and wind. It also offers more storage space so you can bring some additional tools and distractions with you on your trip.
Be able to start a fire with ease
Sitting around the campfire with your family and friends is one of the most romantic aspects of going out camping. However, it can be a lot harder to do than you might realise if you haven’t invested in the equipment to help you start a fire. Bringing a fire starter with you might be the best option. However, before you do start any fires, you should be sure to know the rules of the site that you’re camping at. Some sites have a total burn ban in place so that you can’t start any fires at all. Others will prohibit guests from collecting wood on-site, so you might need to bring some with you, instead.
Get ready to lounge
It might seem like a relatively small comfort, but you would be surprised just how much difference it can make to have a really good spot to lounge in the outdoors. You don’t want to spend all your time sitting in your tent or camper, meaning that you’re going to want to get outdoors once in a while. However, while you’re out there, you don’t want to have to resort to lying on the ground or finding a convenient tree stump. Offer yourself some comfort, bring a camp chair or even a hammock that you can easily store and then roll out when it comes time to sit back and enjoy the environment for a while.
Don’t underestimate the power of cleanliness
When you’re exploring the great outdoors, it should only be expected that you’re going to likely come up against dirt, bugs, the bad weather, and so on. This can leave you feeling a little less than fresh and, to some degree, you just have to deal with that. However, rather than jumping into an ice-cold stream, you might want to consider bringing with you a travel shower. As the name implies, these are showering stations that can be set up anywhere, delivering convenient heated water to offer a little bit of creature comfort when you’re out in the wilderness. It’s not the exact same as standing underneath a fitted shower, but it can be a lot more comfortable than the alternative.
Plan some activities
The majesty and beauty of the natural world might be able to hold your attention for some time, but don’t be surprised if it starts to feel a little boring to sit in the one spot doing nothing for the whole time. There is all manner of camping activities that you can get involved in, from going swimming to exploring local hiking routes and noted areas that are particularly beautiful. Do your research on the camping site and the surrounding area ahead of time to get an idea of what there is to do as a group. Bring some solo entertainment as well, be it a book, a podcast, or something else so that you can keep yourself amused while others are resting or doing their own thing.
Hopefully, the tips above can help you improve your camping exploits by a significant degree. The natural world can be one of the best destinations to explore and you deserve to have the very best experience while out there.