Even though it’s first time and rookie campers that tend to end up with unsuitable gear or camping somewhere they’re not supposed to, even the most experienced canvas adventurers can get caught out at times. When out in nature you’re in a new campsite each night, unless you’ve set up a base, which means unique features and plenty of health and safety issues to watch out for.
Picking The Wrong Food
Eating food on a camping holiday, or any alternative trip is different to consuming it at home for a number of reasons. Firstly, at home, you have the luxury of fridge, freezer, and oven in which to cook and store the items, while camping you have a choice of a cool box or an open fire. It’s all very well bringing burgers, steaks, and hot dogs but meat tends to go off quickly and if your cooler box is left open then it all has to be thrown away – no exceptions. Plan what you’re going to eat while away checking both the meal’s nutritional content and how easy it is to prepare. Don’t forget to include non-perishables like crackers, nuts and trail mix as well as canned food that can easily be reheated without any problems.
Bringing A Weak Tent
Tents come in a range of shapes and sizes and if you’ve bought the wrong one you’ll soon know about it! Camping tents 101 will give you a good introduction, but briefly, they can sleep between three and thirty people, come with a range of useful extras depending on the model and some are self-assembly while others are more of a pop-up variety. Your tent is basically your home while out in the wilderness, so it needs to be clean, dry and secure with no broken zips, or poles and able to stand up to all kinds of weather.
Ignoring Nature’s Warning Signs
There’s a reason why brambles, thorns, nettles and mushrooms grow in certain areas and the chances are they aren’t good places to bed down for the night. Take a pocket guide to the area’s vegetation that’ll allow you to identify any mysterious plants, giving a wide berth to those that are poisonous or one’s that’ll give you a nasty rash or worse. Make sure when hiking across open terrain you’re wearing sturdy walking boots and thick socks that should reduce the chances of any unpleasant scratches which could lead to a sudden infection. Your first aid kid may differ depending on where you’re camping so make sure you’ve packed suitable supplies for dealing with any local issues such as poison sumac or large insects.
Not Writing A List Of Supplies
Many mistakes are made before you’ve even left the house thanks to incomplete lists, missing supplies and incorrectly labelled items. A good camping trip requires more than a tent, some food and a craft knife so you’ll need all kinds of supplies. Write down your sections first then any sub-categories you may wish to add. Have an experienced camper go through the list to check you haven’t missed anything and then check and re-check your inventory.
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