Camping is one of the most favoured summertime activities and an excellent way to spend some fun and quality time with friends and loved ones while enjoying the great outdoors. To be able to secure memorable experiences, though, it is critical that you devote some time and energy on planning this outing. Luckily, there are more than enough ways to make camping less of a hassle.
Take a Compass Along
The position of your tent is the alpha and omega of a good night’s sleep when trying to blend in with nature. Taking a compass with you will allow you to figure out where east is – it is vital to wake up with the sun warming up your face so the production of serotonin kicks in early and boosts your mood. Then, all you have to do is merely pitch the main door of your tent facing that way! Next thing you know when you poke your head out of the door every morning will be the sun’s rays welcoming you to the new day.
Get a Few Headlamps for Romantic Ambiance
One of the most preferred tools to use to keep the campsite well lit is camping lanterns. The downside is that although they do a great job outside the tent, they are disturbingly bright when placed inside it. A handy alternative would be to bring a headlamp, which will give you a softer light. Take a large water bottle and strap the headlamp around it. The secret lies in placing the light pointing the water, instead of your face!
Tip: For some extra light outside the tent at night (i.e. for when you need to go to the bathroom), you may use outdoor solar lights. Place them on a sunny spot during the day, so they charge and then put them near the tie-downs on your tent. That way, you will have ample light for those midnight urgencies.
Bring a Generator
If you want to enjoy living outdoors but not in an Australian Survivor-like mode, there is no better way to keep your modern amenities up and running than with a generator (i.e. your hair dryer, computer, coffee maker, electric fan, and TV). Of the many models of diesel fuel generators on sale out there, you need to focus on getting a small, portable, recreational generator. This is a special category of generators that are designed to meet campers’ needs but may also be used by RVers and other people engaging in recreation activities. What used to be the case with recreational generators was the fact that they were too noisy. However, new generation models are much quieter and much easier to fill due to larger fuel fill openings.
Tip: When searching for the best recreational diesel generator, consider things like its power output (wattage rating), parallel capability (in case you need to combine two or more generators), and circuit protection feature (protects the machine from overloading).
Pack a Mini Survival Kit
Besides the must-have emergency or first-aid kit (which is usually left at the campsite), it is also paramount to have a mini outdoor survival kit that you can carry with you at all times. If an emergency strikes and you are away from the tent, you will, at least, have the most essentials to address the problem. Altoids tins are great for that purpose due to their size. They can conveniently hold band-aids, a small compass, ibuprofen, a whistle, and many more.
Make Your Own Fire Starter
Who would have imagined that the lint from the filter of the tumble dryer can have such an exceptional use out in the wild when the wood or fire ring is damp! Remove the lint from the dryer’s lint trap, place it into a toilet paper tube (if cardboard then better) and take it with you. The bundle of dried synthetics and cotton will make an ideal fire starter. Stack your logs and put some lint near the base. It will ignite from sparks almost immediately so you can roast your marshmallows.
Fight Bug Bites
Except for mosquito repellents, paracord bracelets can also help keep the annoying insects away. Just check that the one you buy is infused with citronella essential oil that is long proven to prevent mosquito bites effectively.
Tip: An added benefit to carrying a paracord bracelet is that it can also be used to tie up your gear (just unwind the paracord from the bracelet).
Going camping can be such great fun if only you spend some time planning it right. Make sure you have everything you will need for a more stress-free experience worked out, and enjoy the beautiful countryside.