5 Mistakes to Avoid When Going Camping


Planning to go on a camping trip can sound very exciting. You tend to get so lost in all the excitement that you forget to make proper arrangements for your trip, which could put you at a lot of risk. In order to avoid facing any risks or mistakes, here are a few reminders that will help you make your camping trip smooth.

No Pre-Planning

It is very important to pre-plan your trip. Make a list of things you need to take with you on your trip, for example a list of the medicines you will need, a sanitary list which should include mosquito repellent, sunscreen, first aid kit, lotions, tooth paste and brush etc. Make a list of clothes you will need according to the weather and the number of days that you will spend camping. You should also make a list of the required legal documents to be on the safe side. This list will include your ID and camping license. It’s not easy remembering all of these things in your head, so it is best to make a list so that you don’t miss out on anything.

Arriving Late

It is important to be on time at your camping spot. You shouldn’t be too late or too early. Try not to arrive during the hottest hour as it will get really hectic for you to set up your tent because of the excessive heat and sweating. Arriving too late at night will make it hard for you to set up your tent as there is not enough light. There are no street lights or bulbs that will help you see. Therefore, make sure to set up your tent during the day time. By arriving too late, you will also lose the best spots for your tent. You will most likely get a spot near the washrooms or at the bottom of the hill. The best time to arrive is before 11 am or after 3pm.

Relying Entirely on Fire

It isn’t easy to make fire, so don’t depend on your skills. Bring all the proper materials required for a campfire. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can make all your food over the fire. Sometimes, it might start raining all of a sudden, which would make it difficult to light a campfire. So, to stay on the safe side, make sure to carry portable torches for source of light. Cooking over open fire is very time-consuming and sometimes the food doesn’t cook properly. Make sure to carry a portable stove for cooking.


Extra Packing

Packing too many unnecessary items can be a big issue. You won’t have enough space for things that are actually required to be taken. Adding more stuff will just make your bag heavier, causing a lot of strain on your back. Avoid putting unnecessary things such as electronics items that you won’t get to use. For example, you might not receive any signals at the camping spot, so avoid bringing extra items that rely on signals to be useful. Avoid carrying extra clothes, as they will just occupy unnecessary space. Don’t carry more than one bag for yourself and try to stuff everything into one bag. The best is to travel light. Traveling light won’t cause you extra strain on your back and there is less chance of misplacing your clothing items.

Buying the Wrong Tent

Your tent is one of the most important necessities for a camping trip. Without a tent, you won’t have anywhere to sleep, which will ruin your trip on the whole. Make sure to choose the right tent. Make sure to buy a high-quality tent so it does not keep on breaking or falling apart all the time. Make sure to check all its poles and the zipper before buying it. Don’t try to fit too many people in one tent. Don’t buy a tent too big or too small. Buy it according to your size and needs. To be on the safe side, carry an extra tent with you in case there is a fault in the other one.
So, if you want your camping trip to be successful and a memorable one, make sure to avoid the most common mistakes that many others make.

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