So, finally you have planned a camping trip with your friends? All excited to spend those few days in the wilderness & gaze the star cluttered skies night after night? This beginners guide will help you chose all those essential products if you are headed for camping for the first time. You need to keep in mind no matter how much inviting and beautiful the wild looks on those TV channels, it’s that much more difficult to survive there without the right equipments.
Whether you are going alone or with friends/family, you would need to keep the below list as a priority in your planning to have a safe and fun filled camping experience.
Things to carry for a camping trip (if not provided by the campsite):
- A camping tent
- Camping floor mats (for rough terrain)
- Sleeping bags (not required for warm weather)
- A Tent lantern for night time
- A torch
- Barbeque (optional)
- A lighter
- Spare clothes/ shoes
- Cap and sunglasses
- Nutritious food (energy bars, parathas)
- Medical / first aid kit
- Ample amount of water
- Insect repellent
- Swiss knife
- Toilet roll
- A spare battery for your phone
Tips to choose the tent size:
- Before choosing a tent you need to be sure about the number of people who will be camping. Also take into account the size of those individuals.
- Do not forget to consider the size of your luggage. Generally assume that your luggage is the size of a person.
How to choose the best location to camp:
- Always choose a high point or a slightly elevated ground compared to the surroundings. This is to avoid water logging or to get caught in a flow in case of rainfall. As the tent would be on an elevated ground all the water would roll off.
- Wind is another enemy for a campsite. Avoid camping at the edge of a cliff or during rough winds. To protect the tent you will have to hook your tents to the ground properly. Generally winds flow in a certain direction only so setup your tent in such a way that the mouth/entrance of your tent isn’t facing the wind or else it create a parachute effect as the air fills in. Take help from the weight of your luggage, it helps keep the tent on ground during heavy winds.
- Never build your campsite right next to a mountain slope or rocky formations as landslides are common near these areas. Keep a safe distance.
Now, you’re all set for camping. Go, get there!