It doesn’t get much better than lounging around a campfire under the stars surrounded by your friends and family. Camping isn’t just a favorite pastime for no reason. Although there are a lot of positives associated with camping, you do need to be prepared. Read on to learn some tips that will help you prepare properly for a camping trip.
One of the most important parts of your camping gear is your tent. The tent you buy should suit your needs and the size of your camping party. If you have young children, you probably want to purchase a large tent so they can sleep in the same tent with you. If your children are old, buy them their own tent so they don’t have to bunk with the adults.
Water is very important when camping. When camping at a campground, there should be ample supply of water available, but on the trail, you will have to carry some with you. If you are going long distances, you should probably carry iodine tablets to sanitize any water you find before drinking. Be careful, dysentery can be deadly.
Pack and carry a survival kit on your person for the entire trip. In addition to your first aid kit, you need waterproof matches, a flare gun, water-purifying tablets and a knife. For any life threatening situation, these items may be the only thing standing between you and disaster. Always carry it on your person when you venture away from your campsite, or it won’t do you much good.
Introduce yourselves to other families camping in your immediate area, as a means of being social and more apt to help each other out. If another crew arrives after you’ve set up, offer to help with their tent or equipment. If something goes awry during the trip for anyone, it’s much easier to ask for help from somebody who was courteous enough to introduce themselves.
You have just learned of some of the things that need consideration when planning to spend time camping. Use the tips you just read to keep yourself and your family safe and enjoy the wilderness.