When packing for your camping adventure, make sure you pack only what you need for mealtimes. If you are at the campground, your food will have to stay cold so it does not spoil. If you are on the trail, any additional or excess food can be a burden. If you pack just enough food for the time you are on the trail, you will not be weighed down by excess weight.
As a courtesy to other campers, don’t leave your lighting on overnight, if you are close to others. Pack a timer that you can attach to your lights that will automatically shut them off after a certain time. Leaving lights on overnight is a popular complaint among most American campers!
Pack extra flashlights and batteries. It can get quite dark at night, away from all the city lights. A light source is very important. Bring a few spare flashlights just in case. Make sure that you pack extra batteries as well. A light source is something you do not want to find yourself without.
You must take the appropriate items with you when camping. Forgetting one or two key items could result in disaster. Lists help people know what they need before they go. Make sure that you bring a lot of water, knives, soaps and food on your camping trip for safety.
Zip-lock bags can be very handy in a camper’s tool chest. Don’t worry about hauling mixing bowls in your gear. A gallon size zip-lock bag is great for mixing foods together and is much easier to carry in your pack. Just secure the top of the bag very carefully, then squeeze, knead or shake the ingredients together. Then discard for super-easy cleanup too!
A great idea when planning your camping trip is to make a list of everything you need before you go. As you pack each item, you can cross it off your list. This is really essential because you do not want to be stuck blowing up your air mattresses because you forgot to pack an air pump.
Water purification tablets should be taken with you. These tablets are great in case you ever run out of water and need an additional resource. Try the tablets at home first so you know how to use it and what to expect. Don’t get dehydrated because you dislike the taste.
After reading the tips laid out here, you are prepared to handle nature. It doesn’t matter where you plan to camp, make sure you get the most out of your trip by applying the advice you learned today. Soon, you will be enjoying camping on a regular basis.
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