Are you interested in going camping? Whether you are an inexperienced camper or looking to explore a more intensive form of the activity, you can benefit from putting some thought into your plan. This process should start at what you take. For example, you could write a checklist and tick off the boxes as you pack. Once you miss something, you won’t be running to the minimart. A first aid kit is an absolute must. You should not rely on wood being available for your fires and should always have a fuel stove as a backup plan. A doormat of some sort is a good idea, even if you are tent camping.
One essential part of camping, at least if you want to enjoy it, is keeping bugs away. Here are some tips that will help you keep bugs away. First, make sure you don’t place your tent on or near an anthill or other animal burrow before you pitch it. Once your tent is set up, keep it zipped up except to go in and out. Don’t leave your shoes or clothing outside, it’s an open invitation to spiders. Wear gloves when collecting firewood, some bugs bite hard. Pack up your food at night, to avoid unwanted guests ranging from bugs to bears. A citronella candle will help ward off mosquitoes. Speaking of mosquitoes, biting insects tend to live around water. Make sure you set up your camp at least 100 yards away from water.
Camping is a fairly broad category and can describe an entire range of activities. For the more dedicated, hardcore campers, survival camping is the way to go. It entails setting off into the wilderness with very little beyond their hiking boots. At the other end of the spectrum, recreational vehicle campers basically travel inside their own mobile hotel room. These recreational vehicles (RVs) come fully equipped with just about every possible amenity: their own electricity, heat, and patio furniture, and in some cases, satellite TV.
Campers often camp as part of some larger recreational plan, which usually involves activities like hiking, hill walking, climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, swimming, and fishing. In tandem with camping, hiking can either be done as an extended backpacking journey, or as a series of day hikes radiating from a central campsite.
Many people vacation in permanent camps, with facilities such as toilets, water and electricity hookups, and even swimming pools. Others live off the land, more or less and camp in the wilderness. People who take this approach have a moral responsibility to leave their campsite better than they found it and generally have a profound obligation to engage in environmentally sound practices.
Campers come in all ages, abilities, and degrees of ruggedness. There are campsites designed to accommodate all these different levels of camper. Some have all the amenities and comforts available, including fire rings and/or barbecue grills, utilities, shared bathrooms, laundry, access to recreational facilities and even swimming pools, but not all campsites offer similar levels of relative luxury. The campsite itself can range from a patch of dirt to a level, paved parking spot with full sewer and electrical facilities.