So you have a location scouted and selected and now you are ready to plan your first camping trip into the wild. While there is a buzz of excitement while packing and preparing, this is the most important moment to make sure nothing is forgotten or unplanned for. Here are some important tips.
1. The Ice Chest
Get the most from the cold temperatures by cooling the chest before packing it with fresh ice and loading in all your foodstuffs. If you will be loading in drinks and sodas from the pantry, cool or freeze them first to make the most of your refrigeration on the trip.
2. Gear Storage
If you will be traveling in a group or family, large plastic storage containers are a great way to keep things safe from the elements and keep your camp area clean and tidy. Make sure all the gear is stowed properly in one box and bring another for holding shoes, and another to hold shoes, toys and anything else you may need.
3. Tent Care
Yes, your tent is there to provide the essential elemental protection to keep you safe and warm on your trip, but consider the longevity of the fibers and materials of your tent by protecting it with additional tarps and tent pads. Throwing an extra tarpaulin over the top of your tent will protect it from especially heavy rain. A “footprint” can be placed below your tent and provide that important protection at the base.
4. Sleeping Bags
Sleeping bags will absorb moisture from the sleeping person overnight. In the morning, it is important to allow your sleeping bag time to air out completely. The smallest amounts of moisture can provide molds or mildew a chance to do their destructive work.
Lighting is an important thing to consider in the wild where darkness falls with absolute blackness. Finding small and important things in the dark will be better with a proper headlamp. These are available in a wide range of specifications and designs, best of all they are attached to the head and always shed light on your field of vision.
In conclusion –– these were just some of the most important points, others include making sure you have proper lighting, proper knowledge of your campsite and the capacity to set up your tent quickly and professionally. Maybe set it up a couple of times in your living room so when you arrive on-site you have no problems.