Don't Be Unprepared! Camping Tips To Make Your Trip Great

When some people think of camping, they think of roughing it like they do on the popular survival shows. That is not way it has to be. You can enjoy a great camping trip with preparation. Read on to find out more.

While you may count on Mother Nature to have plenty of wood to stoke your campfire, you may encounter only wet wood that won't burn. Bringing your own wood never hurts, especially when things are a little wet and you know a fire will be needed.

Many people who are new to camping think that erecting a tent next to the campsite's communal bathrooms is a good idea. While this may appear a wise idea, it does not take long to discover otherwise. While you can use the bathroom area for lighting, it also is an attraction point for a lot of people. Therefore, they end up not having the convenience and comfort that they expected.

If you camp at a public campground, turn out your lights or put them on timers before going to bed. You may be tempted to keep your RV lights on, but it can be disturbing. This is unnecessary and will only serve to disturb others on the campsite.

Acquire a map that details the trails surrounding your campsite, and carry it with you at all times. It is easy to get lost by just making a wrong turn. An accurate trail map will help you be able to find your way back before night falls.

Be sure there is somewhere you can use the bathroom when you are camping. There may not be a portable facility available. Find a spot that is away from others to take care of your business. Also, bring additional toilet paper if you know there are no restrooms at the camp site.

Bring along camping pillows to the campsite. If you take along a regular bedroom pillow, it can get hot and sticky when it's hot outside. Your average pillow will also become moldy from the excessive moisture in the outdoor air. Pillows made specifically for camping have a protective layer that keeps these things from happening.

An old shower curtain makes the perfect DIY tent tarp. It could also be used as a base for a cooking or washing area, where you can easily control all the run-off. Instead of throwing out old shower curtains, keep them around for your next camping trip.

Allow everyone who is going on the trip to have a say about the campsite. One of the things you will want to discuss is which state you would like to visit. There are millions of options just in the United States, and it can sometimes be difficult to choose the perfect one! Throw out your ideas to see if they stick with members of your family.

Take oranges with you as a way to snack in a healthy, convenient way--and as a mosquito repellent that is organic. After you have eaten the orange, rub the peel onto exposed body parts and this will repel any blood-sucking bugs.

Make sure that you get a tent that is big enough for you and whoever else is going to be inside the tent. This helps you to have a more comfy night's sleep, and trips in and out of the tent will be less disturbing for those who are sleeping.

When you find your camping spot, put the tent up on top of the patch of ground that is flattest and softest. If you pick a spot that is rocky or has a slope to it, you will be uncomfortable when you are inside your tent. A tarp should be laid on the ground before the tent is set up to keep moisture out.

If your pet is accompanying you on your camping trip, then be sure to keep them leashed and under control at all times. You may encounter people with a fear of dogs. Respect is important when camping. Besides that, dogs can also damage equipment and campsites if they aren't supervised.

If there are snakes nearby, snake-proof your site. Pick your site away from deep brush and piles of wood or rocks. Check everything you have to makes sure a snake didn't slither into things like your clothes, bags, or boots. Seal off everything before you leave for any walks, that way you don't get a surprise when you come back.

Make use of old cookbooks while you plan your trip. Eating hamburgers and hot dogs can get tiresome quickly when camping. Look to mix things up. Look for easy-to-prepare recipes that you can cook outdoors. Take your favorite seasonings and spices with you too!

By now you can see that camping can be quite entertaining. The information you just read is the perfect starting point for planning a great camping trip. The information can help you enjoy your time instead of fighting with nature during your stay.