Planning a Camping Trip
When planning a camping trip, first choose where and when to travel. Once you have a schedule for your trip, think about how to get there. Camping by car is the easiest option and the one that most people like to start with. Find a campsite where you can drive to the campsite and reserve one of the seats if possible. For this type of campsite, you usually have to pay a small fee for the night. However, there are significant benefits, such. For example, you can equip the bathroom and equip your car with as many supplies as you like. If you can drive your car to the campsite, you can store all your gear in the vehicle without worrying about size and weight.
For those who are looking for a more robust adventure, or for those who have experience with the camp. Outdoors, backpacking is the logical next step. Backpacking is the art of putting all your camping equipment in a backpack and hiking to your campsite. The attraction of backpacking is the total immersion in nature. There are no roads, no cars or any other nuisance of modern life. Sometimes the focus is on hiking and you only camp to recover for the next day's hike. Sometimes it's about exploring hard-to-reach places and spending time away from others!
Once you have decided on your location, duration and means of transport, it is time to deal with logistics. Here are three key elements that you must consider:
• Uncontrollable Trip Challenges
• Equipment Options
• Food and Fuel
Uncontrollable Trip Challenges (UTCs) are elements of a trip beyond your borders go beyond controls such as: weather forecast, terrain and distance. If you look at them, you should consider your navigation method (eg map, compass, GPS or smartphone). You also need to understand and plan the terrain you need to cross. Are there many differences in altitude (eg in the mountains)? Do you need to cross or avoid rivers? Are all streets open to your campsite? If the weather looks bad, do you need to change your travel plans or can you offset the weather with a better choice of equipment?
Make sure you understand how far you have to go. If you go on a multi-day hike, how long does the daily hike take you to reach the campsite?
The equipment you choose matches your choice of adventure. If you are camping by car, you may not need a large backpack. Therefore, a small daypack may be the better option. Even as a camper you have more space for luxury such as a cooler for fresh food, charcoal for a barbecue, a rain cover, camping chairs and even a folding table!
List of basic camping equipment
• sleeping mat
• sleeping bag
• Insect spray and sunscreen
• GPS / Smartphone
• Compass and Map
• Knife / Ax / Saw
Personal Care Products
Food and Fuel
• Food for the duration of the journey
Choose the food and fuel that will be added to I your journey. If you are on a backpack for more than a day or two, you should take enough calories. A man weighing 150 pounds and full backpack burns about 500 calories per hour. That's a lot of food! Dehydrated or freeze-dried meals are an easy option for those looking for an easy way to create a meal plan.
If you're camping by car, you have almost endless ways to feed yourself. Find a nice big cooler and pack it full of all your favorite foods! Use frozen water bottles as an alternative to loose ice, as they will not wet all foods when thawed, and you will be given water bottles to drink. Or save the bottles and thaw them for your next trip.
Fuel is everything you use to cook, boil, and possibly keep warm. If you're camping by car, you're more likely to have access to a fire pit or grill. In this case, you can take some old firewood or charcoal for cooking and heating. If you are using a portable stove, check what type of fuel is being used and make sure you have enough for your trip.
There are many types of camping ovens that are designed for backpacking (they are usually very small and light). When choosing a furnace, be sure to consider the fuel type and whether it is available in your area. Common fuels used in backpack ovens include: white gas (Coleman Fuel), butane / propane canister, and alcohol.
When it comes to outdoor adventures, pushing yourself to the limit is the most important thing. Make sure you follow the best walking practices when going into the wilderness. Also, plan well and always check your equipment before leaving to make sure it is in perfect condition. So you know how you can use them in due course.
Set up your tent at home. Make sure your footwear is broken. Check the weather and make sure you have packed the appropriate clothing. And of course: make sure your first aid kit is equipped with the right accessories.
Regardless of which adventure you choose, planning and preparation is the first step. Take the time to read through this list, write down the essentials and hang them on the wall. Check the entries in the list when packing.
Now that you know what to do, tell us in the comments below where you're going!