16 Camping Tips to Make Your Experience Unforgettable
Most of us who live with families or are unmarried, love to break away from the monotony and do something adventurous. But what if you want to do something over the top and feel the adrenaline and the excitement? Camping is a good option for these pangs of hunger for an adventure.
1. Before making any plans for camping out, you must save in order to buy all the necessary things. Most of the things in the camping list are fairly cheap, yet some of the most vital things might turn out to be expensive.
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2. Decide upon a good place for camping. Look for the places near you where people generally go for camping trips.
3. Next, you need to make a list of the things you will need during the trip. Avoid big and heavy things and always look for smaller and lighter alternatives. For instance, instead of taking the whole tube of toothpaste, you can use a used ink dropper. But make sure you clean it thoroughly before filling it up with toothpaste.
Make sure you check everything that you will need. If possible, while making the list, consult a friend who goes for camping often. Also ask them the things they find the most difficult while camping.
4. One thing that you must keep in mind is to fuel up your vehicle. Many a time, if you are travelling a long way to the campsite, your fuel might run out and the rest of the adventure might turn out to be like one of those in horror movies.
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You also need to choose your mode of transport depending upon the distance. It is always easy to carry a bicycle if it’s nearer to home. But if it is far, your car or a motorbike would be a better option. It also depends on how many people are in the camp-o-group.
5. If you have trouble finding a camping site, look up for the public lands near your area. Also make sure the place is safe in terms of animals and criminals.
6. Get some cozy sleeping bags and good quality tents. Go for the Khyam system tents or dome tents rather than the classic basic ridge tents as they are safer. But it also depends on your preference as some people like the old-school way of fixing tents.
7. Include mosquito repellent and emergency LED lights in your kit as mosquitoes dwell more in wilderness. LED would make sure that pests and reptiles don’t come near you. It would also be better if you have a head torch. They can be worn on the head and thus both your hands are free for carrying out any work during night time.
8. Don’t forget to carry a basic radio with an instrument if you or anyone in your group knows how to play. If not, Radio or camp songs are the best ways to enjoy during the camp fire.
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9. Take marshmallows, popcorn seeds to roast on fire and a pan to cook, with some vegetables and chicken in an ice box. If you are planning to hunt for Wild-fowls, remember to wash them well, as the bullets burn through the flesh and might lead to choking.
Also keep a lot of chocolates and candies, as you might drain out while hiking or cycling. It can also prove to be a great dessert or hunger suppresser. But remember not to litter out in the wilderness, as the wrappers might stay there unattended for years, probably decades and more.
10. Carrying water purifying tablets is important as mostly the water you get is unfiltered ground water or river water which may contain some deadly microorganisms. So, it’s best not to take any chances and carry some of these with you.
11. Carrying Hand Sanitizer is one of the best options for hygiene. Not only does it cleans your hands and prevents you from infectious diseases but is also a useful tool for starting a fire.
12. Lighter/Match Sticks are the best friends of a camper. Whether camping in the Himalayas or the dense tropical forests of India, this always comes in handy.
13. Be it any climate you are camping in, always carry a thermos flask. It keeps your soup and tea hot for hours and can also keep your water cool.
14. Electrolyte Powder is a must for a camping trip. Not to worry if your friend is suffering from severe diarrhea or having high fever. Just give him this, it provides with enough energy to get to civilization on one’s own feet.
15. Steel mug, plate and spoon are optional, yet they can be of many uses, including its basic cutlery uses. They can also act as tools and weapon (Funnily hunters have hunted with cutlery forks, in the past). Avoid carrying plastics. The places you go camping are clean and mostly untouched; you don’t not want to litter plastic over there.
16. Finally, get set with precautions, such as an air-gun to protect yourself from wildlings and a mini camp fire extinguisher in case of fire.