Friday, March 27, 2009

Camping – 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Going Camping

Camping is a great activity to do with friends and family members. It is a great, inexpensive way to take a vacation and spend some quality time with the ones you love and care about. But before you go on your next camping trip, make sure you’re not making one of the following mistakes:

1) Forgetting Something – Many people get in such a hurry when packing that they forget a very important item for their camping trip. Some things that people often forget are their bedroll, pillows, extra-warm clothes, shoes for the kids, and even the tent. So, to help you remember all the necessities it is recommended to have a camping checklist and mark off the items as you pack for your camping trip.

2) Not Enough Food and Water – You don’t want to get into your camping trip and find out that you don’t have enough food or water for the duration of your stay. Planning is very important for meals and snacks. Plan what you will have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each day of your camping trip. Remember campers will want snacks and drinks throughout the day. And more important than food is having enough water. You will need enough water for your campers along with water for showers and washing dishes if you are not camping in an area where you can fill your water containers.

3) Not Putting out Campfire Properly and Littering– This is the most important thing you can do as a camper to protect fellow campers and the forest. Make sure your campfire is dead –out. To do this, pour lots of water on the fire and drown all the embers until the hissing sound stops. Now stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel and make sure everything is well. Do not leave until they are cold to the touch. Also, make sure you pack out what you pack in. Remove all trash and dispose of properly. When campers leave trash around campsites it leaves a bad impression and makes those who want to keep people out of the forest a reason for their cause.

So, as you can see, use a checklist to ensure you remember all the essentials for camping, plan ahead for enough food and water, and make sure you put your campfire out properly and do not litter. If you avoid these three big mistakes your next camping trip will be more enjoyable and safe.

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