You finally managed to organize a camping trip with your group of friends. But, if this is not something that you do together very often and you would like to make this experience a total success, take a look at the following tips and tricks to make your camping fun and enjoyable. You never know – this might become your favorite weekend pastime for many years to come.
Most people make the mistake of bringing just one LED lamp or light to their camping trip, thinking that a camp fire will be enough to keep things bright and visible. This is true, of course, but only until it’s time to put out the fire. You can’t possibly have it burning when it’s time to get into your tents and get ready for sleeping. And, as we all know, no one is going to fall asleep immediately when having a good time out in nature. Therefore, make sure to bring a few LED lights that would make the whole atmosphere more comfortable.
A good quality and comfortable sleeping bag and pillow can make a difference between a great time and an absolute disaster. It’s essential that everyone in your camping group has warm and comfy sleeping bags as well as a nice pillow, which will secure a good night of sleep. What’s more, it would be wise to use a soft mat under the bags in the tent, because the ground can be very hard and cold.
Pack clothes like a pro
Depending on the season of the year, you’ll know approximately what to pack. Basically, you need sturdy footwear that is water-resistant but still flexible enough for your feet, warm clothes in layers and a hat. Layering your clothes is extremely important because it can get really cold during the nights in the open air, but very hot during the day. A hat can protect your head from both the sun and the cold as well, so choose it wisely.
It’s essential to choose your camping destination as soon as possible and at the same time decide what means of transportation you’re going to use to get there. Trains and buses are really fun but their main disadvantage is the limited possibility to bring a lot of stuff with you. On the other hand, travelling by car is great in terms of space, because you’ll be able to fit bulkier things a lot easier, but if you choose to go by car, make sure that you always have a full tank of gas. Now, this can get a little trickier if your destination is far from any town, which would make portable diesel tanks a must-have solution for your own peace of mind.
Bring enough food and water
Travelling by car allows you to eat nicer food as you don’t have to bring canned goods with you. If you’re going to use a barbecue, make sure to bring just enough of food, so that you won’t waste anything. Still, if you’re planning a camping trip that will last a lot longer than one weekend, canned goods are a must. Of course, stock up on drinking water as much as possible.
A properly thought out camping trip requires some other essential as well, such as a first aid kit, barbecue tools, pots, plates and utensils, a camper’s knife and even a compass. If you have enough room, add a couple of citronella candles and/or torches to get rid of pesky insects. But be very careful where you’re going to place and burn them.
Once you have all the technical details planned out, don’t forget to prepare a few interesting camping games and pastimes so that you can all enjoy yourselves to the fullest and appreciate nature in all its glory.