25. April 2017 · Comments Off on Happy Campers 101: Make Your Next Camping Trip A Success With These Tips · Categories: Camping · Tags: , , , , ,

Many people around the world will tell you that they live for camping trips. Camping is something that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. But camping can be a bummer if you show up to your camping destination without at least a little knowledge, though. Read on to get yourself prepared!

If you are going backcountry camping, you should probably carry a snake bite kit in your gear. The best snake bite kits are the ones that use suction. Some kits have scalpels and blood flow constrictors in them. Scalpels can actually cut the poison into the blood stream faster, and constrictors can be deadly if not used properly.

Make sure that you avoid any venomous plants. A good way to do this is to stop at the ranger station and ask what kinds of poisonous plants are in the area so you can identify them if you come into contact with them on the trail. Never eat anything while hiking on the trail if you do not know it is edible.

Introduce yourselves to other families camping in your immediate area, as a means of being social and more apt to help each other out. If another crew arrives after you’ve set up, offer to help with their tent or equipment. If something goes awry during the trip for anyone, it’s much easier to ask for help from somebody who was courteous enough to introduce themselves.

Navigation is the key when it comes to camping. It is important to know where you are, and how to get back to civilization if you become lost. Always bring a map of the area, and a compass to help you. You can also use an outdoor GPS that will give you navigation information, as well as additional information such as altitude.

If you’ve brought the kids along, feed them a “jungle” breakfast. Use serving sized boxes of cereal, pieces of fruit and juice boxes and tie them to trees near your campsite. Then your kids can go out searching for their own breakfast. This will add some adventure and fun to their day.

First aid classes are important to take when you are planning a camping trip with friends or family. With the training you receive, you will be better prepared to handle an accident or other emergency situation while you wait for medical assistance. Additional research can also provide valuable information. Figure out what wild animals are hanging out there and what kinds of poisonous snakes or bugs are sneaking around.

Be sure to bring a supply of oranges with you on your trip; they are both healthy and keep mosquitoes away. When you finish eating them, save all of your peels and rub them around your body to use as a natural insect repellent.

Giving yourself enough time to enjoy your camping trip is key. Plan out your trip far in advance and get a couple of days off from work if possible. You want to enjoy yourself camping for at least a few days, that way you feel like you got the full experience out of it.

Know the climate of your camping area. You will want to have the proper clothing packed for the trip. Knowing how cold the nights get or how hot the days are will help you dress best. You will not want to get caught in the great outdoors with inadequate protection.