3 Things to Keep in Mind While Camping

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    Camping is one of America?s favorite pastimes, and for great reasons. It helps you to disconnect from technology and civilization, while you reconnect with family, friends, and nature. It inspires a certain sense of adventure, and it offers a wonderful break from a monotonous routine. While it is a really fun way to spend a weekend though, there are also things that you need to keep in mind while planning a trip, and once you?re on the trip. Certain dangers may present themselves, and preparedness is absolutely key! Check out a few of our tips for your best trip ever!


    Avoiding Bears (and Other Animals)


    Bears have an incredibly strong sense of smell; four times more powerful than a dog?s, in fact. This more than illustrates the necessity of having bear-proof containers with you to store any foods or supplies, as most bears are able to detect the odor from improperly stored foods and toiletries from a mile or more away from your campsite! While you cook, you should cook downwind and at least 100 feet away from your camp, and after you are finished, clean up completely.


    The Tent


    Choosing the tent you camp in is one of the most important things to do during the planning process. It needs to be made of great, durable material, with reliable fastenings to close and open it. It should also come with features which allow you to stay dry in case of rain.


    Staying Safe


    Being in the great outdoors, while it?s certainly fun, has its dangerous side. You should always pack everything you need when doing additional activities such as fishing or hiking. For example, when hiking, it’s advisable to bring along a backpack cooler stocked with water to keep you hydrated. A first aid kit is also a good idea for any burns, cuts, etc. sustained on the trip.


    When are you heading out for another trip? Will you be keeping these tips in mind when you go? Are there any other rules you follow?