Helpful Camping Tips
By Nicole Steen, Environmental Education Intern
Thinking of going on a camping trip with your family or friends? Take a look at these helpful camping tips!
When camping, you need to make sure you have enough water for everyone, including yourself. Unless you have access to clean tap water or a spring you know is safe to drink from, you should carry bottled water with you. Or you could bring water purification tablets to get safe drinking water from any unclean source. You can also run the cleanest water you can find through a water filter or boil it for at least ten minutes. To keep your water cool, wrap your container in aluminum foil.
Food – Yum!
Take only what’s necessary to prepare each meal. For example, instead of taking a whole can of oatmeal, take baggies with one cup of oatmeal in it for however many times you think you’ll eat it. Utilize shelf stable options when you can to save on valuable cooler space. You can use canned items and still win top chef at the campground! Prep meals at home. You can make meal time easier in camp by prepping ingredients at home. Use block ice instead of cubed ice. It melts a lot slower! Don’t drain the water from your cooler until it no longer keeps food cold. Even though some of the ice has melted, the water will still help to keep the temperature of the cooler lower.
Leave no trace
Always pick up after yourself! Clean up thoroughly after meals and secure your food high above the ground to ensure no animals can get into it. Bury solid human waste 6-8 inches below the surface of the ground. Leave all artifacts and natural objects as you find them. Travel and camp on established trails and campsites. Use established fire rings, keep campfires small, and cook on a stove. Keep your distance from wildlife, and do NOT feed the animals.
You never know what might happen while camping so carry a survival kit with you!
Carrying a survival kit when you venture away from your campsite is always a great idea, should something go wrong. But what should be in the survival kit? First, you’ll want to have water purifying tablets, a water filter, and a metal bowl. Also, add a survival knife, which can be used to hunt, to protect yourself, and to signal for help. Not just any knife will do, find a hardy one at your local outdoors store. Something else that you’ll want to have is waterproof matches stored in an airtight container. You can make waterproof matches by dipping regular ones in either nail polish or paraffin. A plastic medicine bottle or film container makes a practical container for your matches. Keep a flashlight in your survival kit, and store extra batteries in an airtight container. In addition to toting a survival kit, you should also have a small first aid kit with you. Stock bandages, would cleanser, latex gloves, and cold packs in it.
Don’t Get Lost
Of course no one wants to get lost while camping, but it does happen. There are a few ways to prevent this. Before you head out on your journey, be sure you have a compass, a map, and a GPS device. Of course it will do you no good if you don’t know how to use these items, so make sure you take some time in advance to learn how to read a map and use a compass and GPS.
We hope this tips help you in your next camping adventure! Now get out there and explore the outdoors! To learn even more camping tips, check out this website: treadlightly.org