Perhaps you remember camping as something from your youth, though you can enjoy the pastime at any age. With good information, and some advance planning, it can still be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. Here are some helpful suggestions to get you on your way.
Although it is not an essential part of your back country camping gear, a machete is something that you may consider packing depending on where you are going. It is a very versatile tool in the wilderness. You can cut a trail, hack bamboo and vines for shelter, cut coconuts for water, chop firewood, and even use it as protection against wild animals.
If you are planning any kind of backcountry camping, a must carry item is a fire starter kit. If you are in a survival situation, fire is a way to cook, keep you warm, purify water, and signal for help. Many camping stores sell fire starters that can be used when wet and do not require any fuel. Also, try making fire when you are not in a survival situation so you know you can do it if the need arises.
Do plenty of research on your camping site and ensure that it offers everything that your group will need. Consider the individual needs of each camper to ensure that everyone is taken care of. This alleviates the need to make supply runs, or worst case, have to end the trip too soon.
It is better to over-pack than to under-pack, especially for kids. Camping can be a sloppy time. Kids simply love to get dirty. That all means that you will have very dirty children as the day progresses. You don’t want to interrupt their fun, it’s a joy of camping after all, but, keep some extra clothing with you for them. Be ready for anything.
If camping was a cherished childhood memory, all you need to start it up again is the right motivation and advice. This article will help bring back fond camping memories and help steer you in the right direction for a trip that goes well.