With summertime here, so is camping season! A great outdoor activity that we can enjoy with friends and family. To get the most out of our trip, though, we do need to prepare. Planning is key to ensuring we enjoy our experience and don’t get stuck in any unpleasant situations.
So let’s see what advice the experienced campers have to share with us.
Drink More Water to Prevent Dehydration
“You become dehydrated when you do not drink enough water. Dehydration is so serious that up to half a million people in America go to the hospital each year for dehydration, and roughly two percent of these people die in the hospital. Some of the life-threatening complications from dehydration include: Heat exhaustion and cramps, Heatstroke, Kidney failure, Seizures, Coma. Your body will do everything it can to maintain the water, yet it can still lose a lot of water through sweating, urinating, breathing, and digesting. Illnesses that cause vomiting and diarrhea also result in dehydration. If you do not replace the water you lose, it can lead to undesirable side effects. Drinking water throughout the day is one of the best things you can do to ensure a safe and fun experience during your camping adventures.”
Angelo Larocca, Health Specialist TheMedMo
“The best tip I can give on having a good camping trip is to make a list of what you should bring. Organization is key in this case. When people go on their first camping trip they tend to forget that they can’t count on the conveniences of the city. Some essentials include water, medicine, tools, cutlery, toiletry kit, lighter. Also, don’t forget your first aid kit. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast. Rain could ruin the whole experience. Last but not least bring garbage bags. Leaving your trash behind is not only against the rules but it has a negative impact on the environment.”
Claire Grayson, a psychology major, camping enthusiast and content writer at Personality Max
Pack for Weather Extremes
“Depending on the season you are camping, do not underestimate how cold it might become at night. Anything below 55-60 degrees and you will want to make sure you have plenty of protection against the cold. Thermal underwear, properly rated sleeping bags, etc. Additionally, it’s ok to cheat when it comes to building a campfire. They are not always easy to start without assistance, especially if the wood you are using is wet or fresh. Bring along firestarters or fire logs specifically rated for camping. Also, before starting a fire, be sure to check with the camp or park manager to ensure fires are permitted during that time. This will help to ensure you avoid potential fines or being asked to leave the premises if you happened to start a wood-burning fire during a season when it is not allowed.”
Melanie Hartmann, Co-founder Dreams Built In
“Grilling and grilling accessories are some of the most useful product categories that can be further explored as part of your gift guide. Grilling accessories can make grilling safer and easier by 30% when compared to grilling without proper accessories. According to our research, using proper grilling accessories can save an average of 15 minutes during a grilling session. Grilling accessories like a grilling spatula, meat thermometer, grill brush, etc. allows users to not only grill optimally but also helps maintain the barbeque grill in optimal conditions. The OlarHike Grilling Accessories Kit is a great grilling kit made especially for beginners. The tools in the kit are lightweight and easy to clean. The 25 piece kit provided by OlarHike is designed in a way that is easy to use while maintaining safety. Each spatula is longer than 16 inches, keeping a safe distance from the flame. The elegant storage bag makes it easier to store all 25 parts in a compact form while saving it from environmental damage.”
Arpit Gupta is the co-founder of SproutAndPress.com, a website dedicated to helping users find the best products for their kitchen.
Make a List
“1. Create a list of all gear you’ll need to bring beforehand: It’s easy to forget small items when camping. But, there is nothing worse than being out in the middle of nowhere without essential gear such as a flashlight, lighter, cooking utensils and equipment, sleeping bags, or sleeping mats.
2. Plan for how to deal with waste: Be sure to bring garbage bags, or have a plan to dispose of your trash from the campsite. If you’re in a truly remote location, a portable toilet can be very convenient.
3. Learn the proper way to start a fire: It seems simple, especially if you have your lighter handy, but finding the right wood, and then arranging the wood in the correct way is a skill to be learned. A properly arranged fire with the right wood can light quickly and burn longer without constant tending to.
4. Don’t leave food waste unattended: Food left in the outdoors is sure to attract wildlife and possibly unwanted guests. Be sure to pack away all food and dispose of food waste.”
Marty Kelly, Founder and Editor of Actively Outdoor
- Some Final Tips, Dos and Don’ts for Camping
Harland Adkins, Founder and General Manager of Fast Food Menu Prices, suggests some more valuable and practical tips for enjoying our camping trip.
“1. Pack Your Gear in Advance.
2. Explore Different Campsites.
3. Plan For Rain.
4. Camping Coffee.
5. Turn Off Your Phone.
6. Take The Longer Trails.
- Do reserve your campsite ahead of time.
- Do check the weather ahead of time.
- Do bring extra clothes and warm clothes for the night.
- Do bring extra matches.
- Do keep garbage and debris away from the campfire diameter at least 10 feet.
- Do make sure the ashes are cool before leaving a campfire unattended.
- Do have water available to extinguish a fire if needed.
- Do be aware of noise levels (kids, animals and talking at night).
- Do keep your dog on a leash and away from beach areas (most prohibit animals at the beach).
- Do not set up your tent in the dark.
- Do not leave your campfire unattended.
- Do not forget your first aid kit.
- Do not let your kids run around other campsites.
- Do not ignore campground rules.
- Do not leave your garbage out at night.
- Do not bring firewood in from another location.
Harland Adkins is a Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist RDN. He is also the Founder and General Manager of Fast Food Menu Prices.