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10 things to consider before heading out on a camping trip

  • Aug 12, 2016

Whether you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or you have minimal experience out in the bush, taking time to prepare is critical ahead of a camping trip. This means doing a full assessment of your equipment, the surrounding area and any other hazards or concerns you could face. Here's a quick break-down of the most important things to consider.

1. The tent
Before you head out, it pays to pull out your tent and make sure it is adequate for your trip. As Indefinitely Wild reported, this means double checking that it is the right size to ensure everyone is comfortable at night. If you've used your tent before, it is also smart to sure all of the stakes and poles are together, and that the tent itself is free of any sand, dirt or bugs.

2. The gear
When packing for your camping trip, procrastinating can be a big mistake. Put together your equipment early so that you can identify anything you may need to pick up before you head out. Otherwise, you may realize you're missing an essential item while at your campsite.

3. The plants
Doing a bit of research about where you will be camping is a good idea for staying safe. Foraging on wild edibles should only be done in a survival situation or by someone with extensive knowledge of native plants. Otherwise, you want to brush up on any species that are hazardous. Poison ivy and other common species can cause irritating rashes and serve to ruin an otherwise great outdoor adventure.

4. The animals
You should also check your guidebook for information on wild animals that you may encounter during your trip. There may be fearsome predators or biting insects to avoid, and knowing where these creatures are most common is essential.

Even herbivores can become dangerous under certain circumstances. These animals will protect themselves or their young if provoked. For that reason, spend some time learning about how to enjoy wildlife from a distance and what warning signs to be aware of.

5. The food
Spend time figuring out not only what sort of meals you will bring along on your trip but also how you will cook and store the food. Many campsites have certain stipulations related to firewood or the use of gas or electric stoves. At the same time, without the right equipment to store your food, you may end up luring pesky or frightening animals to your campsite without taking necessary precautions.

6. The weather
Checking out the forecast before you leave is a good idea, but it is also important that you bring along your Pro Trek PRG270B-3 Triple Sensor watch while camping. That way you can monitor any changes in temperature or air pressure that may signal a thunderstorm or other inclement weather event. Hope for the best but plan for the worst by packing weather-proof equipment and supplies.

7. The surroundings
Trail Sherpa stated that assessing the area immediately surrounding your campsite is key to avoiding any perilous situations, as well as making your trip more enjoyable. This includes using nearby trees and other natural structures to hang equipment like a cooler or a protective tarp.

It's also wise to investigate landmarks and the topography around where you will be camping in case of an emergency situation. Familiarize yourself with key roads or nearby towns and where they are in relationship to your campsite. This way if you get lost or separated, you will have a frame of reference for where you are and be able to either find your way out of danger or otherwise send SOS messages in the right direction.