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Posted by Bethaney Wallace on July 17, 2014
It’s prime camping season, and for adventurers all over the country, that means packing up, heading out into the woods, and spending some time over night. Hopefully underneath the stars where those of all ages can enjoy some of the best views that Mother Nature has to offer; it’s simply an experience that no other form of the outdoors can provide. Something about spending one’s resting moments deep within the elements allows for a way to bond and interact like no other outdoor activity can provide. Which is why, for years, so many have looked to camping as a favorite form of activity.
And whether experienced or coming in as a newbie, there are plenty of things to consider, such as what to pack, where to camp, and how long the trip should last. While some camping areas are fairly public and come with user tips and amenities, some of the most remote locations will provide the best camping trips. No matter your comfort level, however, it’s also important to take various safety tips into consideration. Such as wildlife, bug bites, and more.
The next time you head out on a camping expedition, remember the following.
Spending the night outside obviously means a large portion of the trip is sleeping, which must be accounted for in both time and packing. Are you bringing along an air mattress? A tent? A special pillow to offset the harshness of the ground? What about a special blanket to deal with the heat? (Or cold in the winter.) Take individual body preferences into account and then pack accordingly. For those with serious back or neck issues, even the shortest of nights on a too-hard ground is enough to make the back flare up for days. Talk to your doctor or opt for a little extra packing in order to save yourself any excess pains for the following day(s).
Or for those who are extra sensitive to bugs, it’s also a good idea to bring bug spray or another preventative measure, such as tiki torches or a bug repellant machine. This is especially true when sleeping directly under the stars, rather than in a tent or protective net.
While you might be able to “rough it” for a single night, longer stays will require more amenities. Such as blankets, coffee, healthy foods, and more. All of which are designed to make camping safe and more enjoyable. When gearing up for a longer camping trip, be sure to take each of these factors into account so you can plan for whatever bodily needs (or wants) may come your way.
One of the quickest ways to drain your body of energy and stamina is to become dehydrated. Which happens far more quickly in the heat and outdoors. Pack along extra water on each of your camping trips so you can drink as much liquid as your body requires. Also remember that you might become more thirsty from hiking, swimming, or simply from sitting in the heat. And if packing that many water bottles seems like a hassle, opt for a large jug or a purifier instead.
When heading to a new camping spot, look and see what type of wildlife frequents the area. Some locations will advise for special treatment of food, especially meat, to keep dangerous animals away. Each region is different, so check local reviews or safety tips during the planning stages of each trip.
Before heading on your next camping trip, remember the above for a safe, comfortable stay.