This post was last updated on July 21st, 2016
Camping is a fine art. Some may see it as going back to basics, but there is so much more to it than simply putting up your tent and sitting around a campfire taking in the scenery. This post takes a look at common mistakes to avoid.
Not Doing Enough Research
When you’re staying in the great outdoors for an extended period of time, you need to know what you’re up against: climate, terrain, wildlife, rules and resources. Think about studying maps, local weather and amenities, as well as making sure you know as much as you need to about the local area.
Many people make the mistake of not fully knowing what to expect, resulting in a lack of preparation. Learning from others experience and taking advice is vital, so read guidebooks, look online and get clued up. Being properly informed helps you pack all the right equipment you’ll need to have the best experience.
Lack of Preparation
Going hand in hand with research, practical preparation is the next hurdle inexperienced, or rushed campers will face. Some things are easily forgotten in packing; lighting for instance, you might have all the latest gear but when it comes to the middle of the night and you’re without a torch or lantern, you’re scuppered.
If you’re not a camping veteran or you’re new to it, it’s a good idea to team up with others who are experienced or to go on a guided tour with experts. People like Trek America are great for this.
Plan for the worst case scenario and hope for the best. Even when the forecast predicts good weather, take gear for the bad. Make sure you have spare batteries, wind up torches, portable chargers, more than one way of contacting the outside world, and anything else that will make your life easier. Don’t forget to take a first aid kit and know how to use it.
Tent capacity is misleadingly advertised by how many people can possibly be squeezed in, not how many can comfortably sleep in there with enough room and gear. The general rule is if it’s advertised as a two-person tent, it’ll fit one person with gear, a three person will fit two, and so on – do some tent research first. Another major point, practice putting up the tent so you could do it in the dark or in bad weather. Make sure you bring a repair kit that you can actually use.
Camping rookies can sometimes bite off more than they can chew and end up making some common, yet avoidable mistakes on their trips – don’t be that person. Prep like a pro.