Camping can be a rejuvenating getaway for the whole family. If you prepare and plan before your departure, your whole family will enjoy what nature has to offer.
Camping trips provide a great temporary escape from the stresses and dangers of suburban and urban life. However, the camping experience is fraught with its own set of dangers. The wise camper must take these into account and prepare in advance how to make safety in the woods a high priority and counter the inherent risks.
For example, packing an emergency bag full of safety and survival gear such as a car escape tool, swiss-army-like multitools, emergency radios, first aid supplies, cell phone chargers, solor emergency lights, and so forth is the first thing to consider. Proper lighting is also a must. With the right lantern or flood light you have the ability to see everything that is going on around you.
Most campgrounds provide electric service at each lot. Don't forget to bring your extension cord.
With security and emergency preparedness plans in place the fun part can begin - preparing to have fun! Camping is a fun activity and you can have a great time arranging a camping trip with your friends or family, only if you have a little information on how you can make your camping trip safe and comfortable.
Camping is something that the majority people like to do with one another even if all you do is pitch a tent in the yard. Camping trips for most people means a tent and sleeping in a bag on the ground. If that does not really appeal to you, then camping in an RV is what you need. It is the ultimate camping adventure. More on that later.
An air mattress provides a bed as comfortable as yours at home. A portable air pump will have it at your desired firmness in a jiffy. Hammocks and cots also provide a restful night.
To be comfortable, plan on bringing plenty of blankets or a high quality sleeping bag. Even in the hottest summer days, tent camping is always cold. When camping during colder months, exponent tents and sleeping bags will keep you warm even in fridged temperatures.
Tents have a come a long way since I started camping some thirty years ago. Today they are well water proofed, have great ventilation while simultaneously keeping some warmth in. They have all kinds of creative extras, such as pockets for your keys and other things you like to keep nearby, and zippered openings where you can keep a cooler so you can grab that cold drink or water without having to leave the tent.
Even though tent camping is one of the most common camping adventures, in recent years RV camping has had a serious jump in popularity. While RV camping may seem more comfy and convenient, tent camping is for those hearty souls who want to dance in tune with nature.
Tent camping requires you to pare down on equipment, food, clothing and the extraneous junk of modern life. Basically you set up a tent on the ground, and that is where you will sleep. When camping in a tent, you must prepare for dew to settle on things indside and outside of your tent. To prevent wet bedding, place a tarp under the tent and keep a box fan inside the tent.
If the idea of camping in a tent is not attractive to you and you don't own a RV, some campgrounds rent cabins and campers at a decent price. Be prepared to bring along your own blankets, sheets, pillows, and bath towels. Most campgrounds don't accomodate with more than a few pieces of furniture, bathroom supplies, and a tiny kitchen with limited dishes and cooking utinsils. Fireplaces are available in some cabins. If you are wanting to rent a cabin or RV, reservations are sometimes required several months in advance.
If you want to invest in something even more advanced, they have tents now that are like houses, called cabin tents. In there they have heaters, fireplaces and some come even with full blow kitchens. However, at what point is it no longer camping right?
As you organize your camping equipment before heading out, be sure to use the vacuum food sealer to seal matches, clothing and other items that must be kept dry. It seems like a crazy idea, but a vacuum food sealer can keep matches, which are critical for lighting the evening campfire, dry and safe. Clothing, bedding, and towels can be placed in the large sized bags and vacuumed to make them compact and easy to transport. The bags can be saved for later use.
If you are new to camping or are thinking about taking up this activity then I say what took you so long? Camping is an excellent way to enjoy God's creation and everything the environment has to offer. The best part is there are many types of camping and there is certainly one that fits your preferences and needs. In future articles we will explore just how much fun these adventures can be.