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Top 10 Tips for Camping

21 Aug 2017 10:35 AM
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Camping allows you to let go of all your troubles for just a little while. There’s just something about being out in nature that is so calming. That being said, if you don’t plan properly, it might not be a bed of roses. Here are ten tips to help you get the most out of your camping experience.


1.    Get a water filter

Water is the most important thing when you’re travelling. Whether it's a car ride, a flight or a backpacking trip with camping, you’re going to need water. Rather than taking bottles and bottles of water, take one reusable bottle and a water filter. This way, you can source water when you’re out camping. Some filters will remove protozoa and bacteria, and if you get one with a built in iodine system, it will even kill viruses!

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2.    Pitch up your tent before you leave

This will help you learn how to put it up when you’re out in the wilderness. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere struggling for hours trying to work it out. This way you’ll also know how to take it back down again!


3.    Find the perfect spot

Camp somewhere that’s flat ground if possible and look for somewhere with shelter. Hedges will stop the wind from hitting you but don’t sit underneath a tree; the ground can be quite poor, as the rain can’t hit the ground. Also, make sure you’re not in an area with puddles nearby, if it rains, it could reach your tent and ruin your whole experience!


4.    Bring enough food

Take plenty of food that won’t go off fast. Dried fruits and nuts are great for camping. Bread and pasta are also great options and easy ingredients for making meals. For the first few days you could also take some dairy products and meats to eat. Oh, and don’t forget the marshmallows!

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5.    Take basic clothing

Any item you don’t mind getting ruined – bring it. Leave behind your favourite shoes and don’t take too many outfits. You’re going to get sweaty and dirty. It’s best to pack light and only take what you need. 


6.    Bring extra layers

Unless your camping somewhere tropical, its going to get pretty cold at night! Make sure you’ve got a thick sleeping bag and maybe bring some extra blankets too. If it comes to it, you can even sleep in some warm clothes as well. 


7.    Take bugs spray

This is a good idea no matter where you’re camping. Even if they’re not lethal, bug bites can be pretty irritating!  In the UK, bugs such as midgies and ants are the culprits. Just put on plenty of insect repellent and cover up at dusk. In some countries, Mosquitos can bring out red, swollen, and extremely itchy spots. They can also carry diseases such as Dengue Fever so always be cautious.


8.    Let people know where you’re going

You might not get the best signal once you’re out there, so always alert someone you know of your travel plans and when you are going to be back home. This is still necessary when you’re in a group.


9.     Plan ahead for events

You don’t have to always be checking the weather, sometimes a bit of rain when your outdoors can be soothing to the soul. Hearing the little pitta patter of raindrops against your tent whilst reading a book is simply blissful. However, it could be fun to plan for things like meteor showers and the northern lights. This will make any camping trip magical! 

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10.    Prepare for the worst

Honestly, even with all these tips, you’re going to have some slip-ups; you’ll probably get bitten; you’ll lose something and your tent might even get ruined. Just know that it’s not the end of the world and these things happen. When you’re in the outdoors, expect the unexpected!


Think you’re ready to leave the comforts of your home yet? Come on - what are you waiting for? Follow these tips and you’ll be asking yourself why you never camped out sooner.

By Simone Kelly- Guest Blogger

Frontier runs terrestrial & marine conservation, community, teaching and adventure projects in over 50 countries - join us and explore the world!