December 31, 2020 6 min read

They say, camping is not for everyone. Well, if you believe it is your cup of tea and want to give it a try, then you should prepare yourself in the best way possible. In recent years, you must have seen too many survival shows and the common factor in all of them is the focus on water, food and shelter. But there are other things you require in order to make your camping trip comfortable and memorable for your family, friends and yourself. So read on about the best camping hacks and tips for this purpose. 

  1.   Research Site 

It is always a good idea to do your homework before you head out to the campsite. Knowing how the weather usually is at the prospective campsite can help you pack accordingly. You should have all information about the availability of food and water in the area, nearest hospital in case of emergency, terrain, habitat and animals etc. Being well-informed would help you plan better and prepare well for your trip.

  1.  Rent Camping Stuff

For proper camping, you will need a lot of stuff. Tent, camping gear, sleeping bags, portable stove, fire starters, first aid kit, water and food utensils, etc. are important camping supplies you will have to take along. Camping stuff can be really expensive and if this is your first time, you do not know if you would want to do camping again. So instead of buying camping supplies you should rent them or borrow from a friend. Do some research on the internet and make a list of the items you may need.

  1.   Food/Quick Snacks

Who wouldn't love doing a campsite BBQ? But that would mean taking along raw meat or hunting an animal which you might not be an expert at. Although there is no harm in taking some meat along, we strongly recommend packing quick snacks that could instantly replenish your energy levels after a long walk or hike. Protein bars, dried meat such as corned beef, dried canned food, in short food that can survive for long without getting rotten would be the right choice. You can also prepare dried canned food at home if there is still time to leave for your trip.

  1.   Water

Water is the basic survival element that everyone requires. Although not all camping sites would be far from cities or towns, if you are planning to visit such a site then carry as many water bottles as you easily can. If you believe that the campsite has an easily reachable water source, then all you need to do is refill your bottles. Some special survival water bottles are equipped with a filter; each and every one going camping should have one. It has enough water to last one person a day and it can filter river and spring water as well. 

  1.   First Aid Kit

If you are careful and have done your homework, hopefully you or your friends and family will not hurt themselves on their first camping trip. Regardless of that, make sure to carry a first aid kit that includes plastic bandages and bandage rolls, an antiseptic such as Pyodine, alcohol swabs can come in handy, thermometer, cotton roll, painkillers such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea and anti-allergic medicines, scissors, etc. If you can find a guide regarding medicinal plants with pictures and their benefits then it could really come in handy in case of an emergency. Aloe Vera gel is antiseptic and can be useful in an emergency situation.

  1.   Proper Lighting

First time campers should do their best to adequately light up their base. Firstly, as you are new to the campsite, there will naturally be a fear surrounding your trip; secondly a well-lit base is going to keep dangerous animals away. If you have children or pets then this is going to be even more important so that they don’t get lost. Try the Luminoodle Basecamp 12 V light; it is a 20-meter-long USB powered LED light string which can take any shape you want and light up any place you want. It can even be shaped into a lantern.

  1.   Fire Building Supplies

Knowing how to light a fire is extremely important not just for camping but for survival. Fire will not only provide you with heat but also keep harmful animals away. You can learn all the survivalist’s methods of building fire during your camping trip but we recommend taking along a fire starter such as a plasma lighter. It is a windproof and waterproof electric lighter that can be recharged with a USB cable. You can also take along a magnesium based fire starter. Don’t forget to read the different methods of building a fire in case you run out of supplies.

       8.   Sleeping Bags

While camping, getting quality rest can become quite challenging. If you spend your day hiking or walking, you may start missing your comfortable bed. Taking along a comfortable sleeping bag is not only going to help you get quality rest but it will also keep you warm. They are available in a number of sizes for both hot and cold weather. Rectangular bags offer more comfort but less warmth, semi-rectangular bags offer a little bit of both while mummy bags offer more warmth than comfort. Double sleeping bags are also available which are mostly used by couples.

       9. The Right Tent

Your tent is your shelter. It should offer you comfort as well as protection from the weather. It should also be easy to set up. Different types of camps are available in different sizes, ranging from those for a single person to those for an entire group. Inflatable and instant tents are the easiest to set up. If the camp site you are heading to receives rain often then opting for a waterproof tent would be a wise decision. Consider the weather of your campsite before you buy a camp. The design does not matter more than space, comfort and safety.

  1.   Insect Repellent/Sage

Campsites usually are home to a wide variety of insects and this might prove to be a deciding factor for future camping adventures. Be sure to rub on insect repellants, the kind that are gentle to your skin and also offer you protection against insect bites and the annoying buzzing in your ears. Take a lot of sage along and whenever you build your campfire, put some of it into the fire; it is a natural insect repellent. You can also make your own repellent from thyme, lavender, basil, cloves or lemongrass. You can also spray vinegar around your camp and on your skin.

  1.   Hammock

Hammocks are actually a great way of enjoying the outdoors. They are  also a convenient way of resting. You can easily hang them between two trees and enjoy the view or read a book. There are some hammocks that can be installed on the exterior of your vehicle as well.

  1.   Concealed Carry Weapon

If you are a responsible citizen and can handle firearms, then it is always better to have a weapon on you for the purpose of defense. You can also carry hunting guns. But if you are going to a campsite where there will be other people as well or your state laws do not allow you to carry a weapon openly or if it’s a place where hunting is prohibited, then try taking along your concealed carry weapon. It will offer you and your family a great deal of security as well as confidence.

  1.   Survival Tools

There are countless survival tools available in the market. Some of them may not be that useful but there are many which come in handy. These include waterproof matchsticks, pocket knives, head lamp, flashlights, paracord, emergency tinder, magnifying glass, compass, space blanket, foldable shovel, survival saw, etc. What you decide to take along depends a great deal on the location you are heading to, the climate and terrain, the duration of your trip and the number of people in your camping group. 

  1.   Keep Your Cell Phones Charged

You might want to take along a car battery cellphone charger for charging your cell phone. It will be useful in case you need any help or want to keep your social circle updated regarding your trip or if you simply wish to upload your adventures on social media. The charger connects to your car’s battery via the lighter slot inside your car. You can also carry power banks.

  1.   Portable Toilets

Yes, there are portable toilets in the world. Die hard campers over the period of years have invented and developed so many things and ways to make themselves comfortable during camping. Portable toilets are available at camping stores and online as well. They are just like the regular flush system in your home except that you can carry them anywhere. You can also build your own portable toilet by using a drum or a big bucket, a piece of wood large enough to cover the toilet seat, a used or new toilet seat and some glue/fasteners. There are other DIY projects that can help you make a portable toilet.

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