The Forgotten Horrors Of Camping That Can Really Ruin The Trip

Camping is awesome. If you get a good camping experience, you get close to your friends and a lot closer to nature. Few things clear stress and let you forget the outside world as better. For some distance, it might even be better than the sunniest of beaches. But it’s also a little scary. That sense of being lost and alone is part of the thrill of it to a lot of people. But when it gets seriously scary because you have underestimated some of the essentials, it’s no longer fun. It’s a disaster. Here’s how you avoid that.

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The weather

You’re going out there to experience something different and to get closer to nature. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be completely exposed to it. Finding out what the weather is like in advance is crucial to camping. It’s going to ensure that you bring the fitting clothes, that you equip yourself with the right tent, and that you prepare the campsite accordingly. For instance, one of the most common weather-related mistakes is to choose a camping spot that’s downhill when you’re to expect some rain. Do that and you’ll find yourself waking up in a partially flooded tent. Of course, while weather forecasts can help you prepare specifically, you should anticipate all kinds of weather. They are liable to be wrong from time to time, after all.

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The dark

If you really want to enjoy your camping holiday then you don’t want to have to go to bed as soon as the sun goes down. But if you’re not prepared for just how dark it can get out there at night, that’s exactly what will be happening. The dark out there can get oppressive, especially if you’re in the forest. Besides general environment lighting, find the best tactical led flashlight you can get as well. You need task lighting that can be easily moved, especially if you plan on leaving the camp anywhere near sundown. Reflective clothing, especially blaze orange, is a good idea, too. It makes you a lot more visible to any hunters that might be in the area.

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The wild

You can’t forget that you’re sharing a habitat with a genuinely wild ecosystem as well. It pays to be aware of any wildlife in the area, particularly those that are prone to be aggressive, and to take steps to protect yourself. For instance, don’t leave food or any traces of food hanging out. As soon as you eat, clean all your dishes. It’s a good idea to eat things that aren’t too pungent and likely to attract wildlife. But animals aren’t the only things to be concerned about. Being unable to identify poison oak, poison mushrooms and other dangerous flora can just as easily cause a trip to the hospital. With the best plant and fungi identifying app on hand, you can make sure you’re aware of any potential risks you could be walking across. Always take the time to check before you decide to try that mushroom or walk through those leaves.

Once you get past the potential horror stories, camping becomes a lot more thrilling, a lot more peaceful, and a lot more fun all at once. So, don’t go out unprepared.

 

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A Night In The Great Outdoors Made Simple

Camping is one of those things that people tend to either love or hate. You may think that camping isn’t for you if you’ve been used to 5-star luxury on all your vacations thus far, and you may be of the opinion that it can’t possibly ever be comfortable. But this is where you may be wrong. The concept of camping as a viable holiday has blown up in recent years, partially due to the increased cost of spending a week in a luxury resort. Plus, more and more people are becoming increasingly interested in getting away from city life to a more rural setting – and camping is something that can deliver on this front. Thanks to the expanding camping market, there are now more products than ever available to make your nights under canvas as full of comfort as possible. Still, aren’t convinced that a tent can be your home away from home? Here’s everything you need for a great night’s sleep while camping, guaranteed.

A waterproof tent

Your tent is arguably the most important part of your entire camping set-up. It’s your vessel and your home for the weekend, or for however long you are spending al fresco. There are plenty of different types available now to meet just about everybody’s needs. When it comes to tents, it is worth it to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak. Cheap tents are exactly that: cheap and flimsy, and will probably let you down within seconds of you erecting them. Spend a little more money on a quality tent, and you won’t be disappointed. Look for something with multiple sections if you’re sharing with others, and a porch section, so you have somewhere to put your muddy boots. Finally, a double skinned tent with a high HH rating is essential, so you’ll stay dry and cozy whatever the weather.

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A sleeping mat

Sleeping on the ground isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, even with a groundsheet between you and the earth. If you want to feel like you’re right back at home in your bed, go for a blow-up mattress. Sure, it takes a while to inflate them, but there’s nothing quite like coming back from a long hike and being able to flop onto a soft, squashy bed. If you’re trying to travel light, visit a site like Score Survival for more information on alternatives to mattresses. Mats and pads are often just as good and take up far less room too.

Something to sleep in

Forget bringing your duvet from home and throwing your thickest sweater on; when you’re camping, you need plenty of solid insulation throughout the night. A sleeping bag is the only real way to achieve this level of warmth and comfort, so look for one with a high warmth rating. It can also be worth investing in sleeping bag liners – as that way, if you do end up getting too hot (in the mornings for example), you can simply wriggle out of the bag and just sleep in the liner.

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