One of the best things about camping is the thrill of communing with nature, surviving on bare essentials and creating wonderful memories with the ones you love.

So whether you are a seasoned camper or a beginner, here are 3 camping mistakes to avoid turning your idyllic camping experience into a nightmare.

Not knowing where you are heading to

Camping is meant to be fun and relaxing. So before you head to a campsite read up on the location, weather condition and available facilities so that your experience there turns out memorable.

A quick look at some camping websites and a few calls or emails will help you get a clearer picture of where you should be heading to. Most camping grounds have designated camp sites, but if you are scouting for new locations then choose sites which are close to main roads or water bodies. Also check for the weather forecast of the place you are heading to since it will impact what you do and what you carry there. If it is cold, then take thermals, blankets and fire starters.

Also remember that some campsites get booked months in advance. So don’t wait till the last moment to book.

Arriving late

Once you have narrowed down on your camping site, make sure to arrive there on time. Arrive preferably before nightfall so that you don’t end up hunting for a decent camping spot at night. Once the spot is selected, pitch your tent securely to the ground.

You can also camp at a slight distance from other campers to ensure privacy.

Forgetting essentials

You always need to be fairly prepared when you are going camping. Water purification tablets, torches and spare batteries, plastic bags, extra blankets, warm clothes, water, and mosquito repellants are some essentials that should be on your ‘To Carry List’. Also carry a towel and an extra pair of clothes if you plan to take a dip into the lake or river.

Don’t forget to carry a medical kit containing bandages, band aids, cotton, antibacterial soaps and sprays and any other medical supplies that your family or friends might require.

Lastly, don’t forget to have fun. Even if you make mistakes, laugh at them and continue enjoying the beauty of nature and the company of your loved ones.

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