Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New To Camping? Try These Useful Tips


With a bunch of TV shows now about living outdoors, it's very easy to see why it's becoming more popular to camp nowadays. If you want to spend some time outside for fun and relaxation, keep reading for how to do it right.

When it comes to children, don't hesitate to over-pack. Camping can get very messy and dirty when you bring your children. Dirt and dust are like magnets for children. This means that your kids will get dirty during the day. While this cannot usually be prevented, be sure to pack some extra clothing. Don't be caught without something you need!

Pack your things with care. Create a list of necessary supplies and check each one off as they are packed. This will save you the inconvenience of forgetting something and having to stop for it and it is very important, especially if your are going to a remote location.

Food safety should be maintained while you are on your trip. Put your food in waterproof containers. Food should also be stored in an insulated cooler. Keep cooked food separate from raw food to prevent contamination. Use a cleaner or sanitizer to keep hands and surfaces clean, just as you would at home. Cook foods to proper temperatures and chill foods quickly.

Empty the lint out of your dryer vent and bring it along on a camping trip. That sounds silly, but lint can actually help you build a great campfire. Twick and wood chips just can't compare to the bright flames of a handful of dryer lint. A spark and the lint is all that is needed for a fire.

If you are camping for the first time, stay close to home. You may encounter problems with your equipment, or you may decide to come home early. Maybe you will find you have not brought enough food, clothing or other necessities. All sorts of things can happy the first time you go camping. It's better for mishaps to occur close to home.

Don't forget indoor entertainment. If there is bad weather, this can really help to pass the time. In the event of rain, you will likely find yourself stuck inside for hours at a time. This doesn't have to mean the end of your trip. Whether you'll be in a cabin, RV, or tent, make sure you have adequate leisure activities for the case of being stuck indoors.

Even in a remote site where you plan on roughing it, you can enhance your camping trip with a small piece of luxury. Whether this is a nice coffee creamer, or something as simple as candy, it will make you feel like you are at home. Small luxuries can make things more enjoyable!

Bring along a bandana or handkerchief. Such an item can be used as a carrying bag, a potholder, a hand towel, a blotter or a paper towel. Because there are so many versatile uses for them, bringing one or two on each camping trip is a good idea.

If you are planning on hunting while you are out there, don't forget your companion knife. My personal favorite is the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Companion Knife. It doesn't cost that much actually. I got mine at Amazon.com.

You can tell that there are many things to consider when you go camping. Now you should be prepared to deal with whatever comes up. Since you know more, you can sit back and focus on relaxing while you are camping.