This year, almost 81% of people are planning to take three or more camping trips. There are many obvious thing to remember about camping, but many people don’t know the dos and don’ts of making sure everyone has a fun, safe trip. Camping is a great way to get away for a few days and reconnect with loved ones and/or nature. Being smart will ensure a successful trip for everyone!
- Keep the right equipment with you! Different cooler brands and cooler sizes are meant for different things, for example. Marine coolers are similar to fishing coolers, which can be substitutes for a bait cooler– but a backpack cooler will be easier to carry around on a hike than a camping cooler. Many people think that one cooler can get them through the whole trip, but one is not a catch-all. Research cooler brands for ideas. The same goes for everything else. Make sure it is the proper equipment for what you plan to do.
- Plan your time adequately. This goes in two directions: don’t pack your trip to much, but don’t waste it. You don’t want the kids to be bored and want to go home. But at the same time, make sure you’re not over-planning. Camping is a great time to let go and let things happen, within reason. The worst things to have happen on a camping trip are everyone being exhausted quickly because of constant activity, or worse– not planning enough time for a hike before dark and getting stranded. Plan ahead!
- Don’t forget to lock up your food! Products can claim to be “bear-proof” if they’ve survived 60 minutes with a bear. If you fail to store your food the right way, you can be fined, have your camping license revoked, and receive a fine of up to $5,000.
- Don’t forget your first aid kit. Going back to having the right equipment, this is the next biggest thing. Rashes, cuts, burns, etc. can all happen on a camping trip, so be prepared for any situation that may arise. Chances are it will be harder than usual to find proper care, so have a plan in place.