Camping is fun and if you are planning to do it, then these tent camping tips and tricks are sure to help you camp like a pro.
1. Choose the right tent
Tents come in various shapes and sizes. You can buy weather or season specific tents made especially for spring, summer or autumn camping. Firstly, you need to decide how big your tent ought to be. You can buy one, two, four or more person tents. A two person tent is ideal for those who want to distribute and divide the poles and pieces of the tent and share their weight in the backpack. If you are accessing your campground by vehicle, then you can go in for a larger tent to accommodate more than 4 people. You can also choose tents based on their weight. Always set up the tent in the shop and crawl inside to see how comfortable it is. Once you are sure, only then go ahead and buy it. Carry a camping mallet to bash the tent pegs in the ground. Also carry extra pegs or poles in case the existing ones break. You also need wads of duct tape to secure broken poles.
2. Pitch it in your backyard first
Search for tent set up ideas and you will get this advice: always pitch the tent in your yard and determine the most comfortable way to sleep in. That way, you can pitch it up like a pro on the actual camping ground and would also know just what to do when you reach the campsite. When pitching, always keep the tent doors closed so as to prevent unnecessary pressure after pitching or preventing door-closure.
3. Maintenance tips
Want some long term camping tips? Then you must ensure that your tent is ultra comfortable! After all; a good night’s rest is essential to make your camping experience a great one. Remember first and foremost that tents are tough but they are not indestructible. Clear off sticks, leaves and stones from the ground completely before pitching the tent.Protect the tent’s floor from moisture and abrasion using a ground cloth. Always leave your boots outside when entering the tent. Once you are back from camping, clean and dry the tent completely before storing it away.
4. Dispose off the waste properly
When camping, it is very important that you leave your environment neat and tidy. The woods are home to many animals and you certainly do not want them to consume your garbage. Many campgrounds have basic facilities which you can use to make your camping experience comfortable. Avoid throwing food scraps and dishwasher around your campsite as it can attract animals. If there is no facility available, dig a hole in the ground at least 6 inches deep to bury human waste.
5. Stay healthy
This is important among all short and long term camping tips. Wash your hands often with soap and water. You can also use waterless hand sanitizers. Take a multivitamin and try to eat healthy where possible. Cook meat completely before consumption.
6. Carry all the comfort camping gear
Your camping experience can become more comfortable when you use the right gear. Here are some outdoor essentials to take along:
- Mosquito/insect repellents
- Medicine kit with basic first aid
- Trail food- energy bars, dried fruit and nuts, candy, juice boxes
- Adequate sun protection- cap, hat, scarves, sunscreen lotion/cream etc
- Knife and fire-starter
- Maps and compass
- Cooking gear- pots, pans, plates, cups, cool box, can opener etc
- Notepad, books, games, activities for kids
- Sleeping bag
- Extra batteries
You will also need clothes, shoes, jackets etc.
7. Follow safety when cooking
You can carry a small cooking stove or grill for preparing your meals. Make sure you read the instruction manual of the cooking stove. Always cook in a well ventilated area. Select the right fuel source and keep it away from direct heat and light. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby to be safe. If you plan on using campfire to cook your meals, make sure you follow safety rules and extinguish it completely before sleeping.
8. Carry adequate entertainment
Apart from comfortable tent bedding, you also need some entertainment ideas, games and activities especially for kids. You can enjoy ghost stories, sing songs or play shadow/dumb charades, have sleeping bag races etc.
Camping is a great way to unwind from daily routine and truly commune with family members and with nature. We hope the tent set up tips and tent camping tips for beginners help you camp like a pro.