The Great Outdoors: Camping Tips
It is the perfect time of year to spend time in the great outdoors! What better way to enjoy nature and all it has to offer than by camping. Now I admit, I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl and don't enjoy all the rustic charm that camping offers, but a lot of people do...and this blog is for you!
There are all types of camping. Pitching a tent is the most rustic (aside from the hard core people who sleep under the stars with no tent) and then you can use a pop up camper, luxury camper, or rent a cabin. All are considered camping...just to different degrees. If you have a camper that you are using make sure it is registered and insured properly before taking off, but I want to talk to you tent campers. The "real campers" if you will. Here are a few camping tips to keep in mind to make sure you have a safe and happy experience!
- Shelter and Bedding. Make sure that your tent is secure and free of any rips or tears. The elements can sneak up without warning spring summer or fall so be sure to take that into consideration. A shelter from rain, wind and cold makes the trip safer and more enjoyable. Extra blankets and pillows can be helpful. A hot humid day full of swimming can easily turn into 3 blankets at night and shivering. It never hurts to be prepared!
- Cooking. Some campsites offer grills or grates over a fire pit to grill on. Thinking in advance how you will prepare your food is helpful. No one wants to be hungry. If you don't like the idea of cooking on an open fire pit then there are options for you! Coleman and other camping brands offer endless way to prepare your meals. A cooler with ice can keep yogurts, eggs and cheese fresh and you would be surprised just how long a cooler placed in the shade keeps the ice for!
- Clothes. Pack for all 4 seasons when you camp. You just never know what the weather will hold. Weather is so unpredictable.....tank tops and shorts in the day can turn into hoodies and scarves at night! Having the right variety can really help your comfort level! Being out in nature is different then being in a climate controlled hotel room. You need to be sure to have enough things to keep you warm and cool together!
- First Aid. Always have a first aid kit handy. Cuts and scrapes to bad sun burns and headaches all can take place while camping. Having things to easily tend to these problems is helpful! Also have flashlights and flares. You never know when you might need to signal to someone your location.
Above all, take in the scenery, breathe in the fresh air and leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind you! Following these camping tips can help you have a blast in the great outdoors!