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camping tips

If you are looking for a fun way to spend your time this weekend, a camping trip might be a great idea for you. Whether it’s your first time camping or your fifth time - there are certain things you need to think about before you set off to ensure you are ready for anything that may happen.

Today we want to take a look at some of the things you need to think about and what you should do when going camping to ensure you have the best time. 

Plan For All Weather 

First of all, when planning a camping trip it is always important to be ready for every weather. Even if the weather forecast says it will be warm and sunny all weekend, you can never truly control the weather and this is why it is important for you to bring items for any weather condition. Bring your sunscreen and raincoat and then at least you’ll be ready no matter what nature throws your way. 

Plan Your Activities

Before you head out for a camping trip think about what kind of activities you would like to do during your stay. This could be anything from hiking to biking, and you can even look for water sports activities in the area you’ll be setting up camp for the week. Make sure you have an idea of what you want to do before you do it, because this will allow you to pack the right things for the trip. It might involve buying a 4-bike hitch rack for an SUV, getting yourself a wetsuit, or buying some better quality hiking boots before you go. 

Look For Camping Bargains 

One thing you might not think about before you go for a camping trip is looking for any offers on at campsites in your local area. There are often deals on campsites all year long and you can take advantage of lash minute deals and save a huge amount on your trip. You can also use this idea to find deals on things such as a tent, sleeping bags, and cooking equipment in outdoor stores. 

Take A First Aid Kit

Always take a first aid kit with you when you head out for a camping trip because you never know what might happen. First aid is so important and you need to bring a kit along in case anyone cuts themselves on branches and trees or burns themselves over the campfire. 

Write A Packing List 

Before you go for your camping trip, make sure to write a list of everything you want to take with you. When you are heading out for a holiday somewhere such as the wilderness it is all too easy for you to forget important things that you wouldn’t need in a hotel. Make sure you pack everything important to you before you go so that you aren’t left without while out in the middle of nowhere. 

So, this means essentials such as an inflatable camping mattress and a camping sleeping bag, for example. But you also want to consider tools. Aside from the tent-pitching tools, you’ll also need everyday tools to better use your surroundings, such as a set of folding cheap knives to help cut small branches and twigs as you set up the camping fire or prepare for wild fishing. The bottom line: Think outside the box for your packing list!

Pitch In An Open Air Spot 

When pitching your tent in a national park, one thing you have to try and avoid is pitching underneath a tree. Although you might think that a tree will provide you with cover if it rains- it is also dangerous if a storm comes and the tree starts losing branches or falls down. Pick an open spot always and this will ensure 

you are safe and clear of anything that might hurt you. 

Consider Food To Bring 

Cooking out in the wilderness is always daunting at first, and you might not be sure what to bring along for a camping trip. Dried foods such as pasta and rice are always easy to prepare by boiling in water on an open flame - and tinned items like beans are simple to heat up. You can also consider making foods from scratch on an open flame such as a chicken curry or a stew and these will be easier to make than you think. As long as you pack your meat and veggies in a cool bag and cook them soon after arriving, you’ll be good to go and you can have meals for the whole weekend ready to enjoy. 


Bring A Paper Map 

We all love technology, and it is true that technology gives us a lot of things we wouldn’t have otherwise. However, it is important to not completely rely on technology when out in the middle of nowhere. If you are camping out in the woods, there is no guarantee that you will have signal to use your map features, and this means it is easy for you to get lost. Make sure to bring along a paper map and also consider bringing a compass with you so that you always know which direction you are travelling.

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James' passion for exploration and sense of duty to his community extends beyond himself. This means he is dedicated to providing a positive role model for other men and especially younger guys that need support so that they can thrive and be future positive contributors to society. This includes sharing wisdom, ideas, tips, and advice on subjects that all men should be familiar with, including: family travel, men's health, relationships, DIY advice for home and yard, car care, food, drinks, and technology. Additionally, he's a travel advisor and a leading men's travel influencer who has been featured in media ranging from New York Times to the Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He's also been cited by LA Weekly "Top Travel Bloggers To Watch 2023" and featured by Muck Rack: "Top 10 Outdoor Journalists for 2022".

He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.