Camping is one of the simplest, most relaxing, and most cost-effective ways you can have a vacation. It gives you a chance to reconnect with nature, bond with your loved ones, and learn a few handy lessons in the process. Although camping can be a wonderful experience, there are a lot of rookie mistakes people tend to make which turns it into a catastrophe. Here are a few camping mistakes you need to avoid at all costs…
Buying the Wrong Size of Tent
By the looks of things, a lot of tent designers have munchkins in mind when they come up with new models. Never, ever trust their sizing guidelines when you’re buying a tent for your camping trip, particularly if you’re ordering one online. When they say “three man”, it really means one man and all their stuff, or, at best, a couple that’s willing to spoon. When it says “two man”, it means one uncomfortable man and half the stuff he needs. When it says “one man”, it means a cocoon you’ll barely be able to crawl into. As a rule of thumb, you should always go two or three people higher than your actual needs.
Not Testing Everything
Testing all your equipment before you go on your camping trip may sound a bit dorky, but seriously, this is something you should always make time for. When you’re deep in the country and hours away from any replacements, you don’t want to discover that you’re missing tent pegs, your washing line has snapped, there’s a leak in your air mattress or any other disasters. Sure, bits of kit like this Paratus military backpack may be designed to weather anything the wilderness can throw at you. However, there’ll always be a chance that some of the camping gear you buy will have little defects or damages, which you’ll want to know about long before you start pitching your tent. Write out a checklist when you’re buying all your camping gear, and go back over it before you set off, ensuring that everything is going to work exactly as you need it to when you’re out in the great outdoors.
Arriving at the Spot Late
Obviously, it’s your trip, and you should have a plan that suits you. Having said that, it’s extremely difficult to pitch a tent in the dark, and if you’re scrambling to find a place to set up, you might do it in a terrible spot and regret it for the rest of the vacation. Plan your trip so that you arrive long before nightfall, and spend as long as you need locating a patch of flat, dry grass which won’t flood if it rains, with very few overhanging branches. It’s also a good idea to look for somewhere with a lot of dry, fallen branches around for building fires. Furthermore, familiarizing yourself with the area, and any important markers, is much easier when there’s daylight to find your way around.
If you’re planning a trip in the great outdoors, make sure you’re avoiding these mistakes like the plague!