5 mistakes camping beginners always make

5 mistakes camping beginners always make

/ Post by Jasmine Nguyen

The best way to get away from the daily grind and see nature is to go camping. Over 40 million people go camping every year because of this. However, if you've never done it before, spending time in the wilderness could seem intimidating. But I'm here to assist by providing a thorough list of 10 mistakes that you need to be careful about when going camping and also how to minimize the chances of making these mistakes. 

Not research well about your destinations

Camping is supposed to be leisurely and enjoyable, but if you are unprepared for your destination, it won't be.

Reading up about the location, circumstances, weather, and amenities there (water, toilets, campsites) is the top must-do list. While spontaneity is great when camping, it can take a lot of work to go from point A to point B. Take the time to make sure you give yourselves the best opportunity of having a wonderful day. If you have a restricted amount of time for the camping excursion, this becomes much more crucial.

It doesn't have to take long, but a fast internet search, phone call, or email could make your camping trip go more easily. A small amount of initial research is crucial to the success of your camping vacation. If you haven't planned ahead, you may find yourself searching for another campsite and losing important vacation time because certain spots at popular seasons will be full up months in advance.


Not testing your equipment before departing

At least once, pitch your tent in your garden. Test out the new light. Learn how to use the stove.

There is nothing more frustrating than arriving at a campsite and discovering that, although appearing to be a basic piece of equipment, it actually requires a Rhodes Scholar to operate it. Or even worse, it doesn't function at all when the appliance is essential to your cooking!

Everyone who has ever gone camping has been a beginner at some point, so it's acceptable, but it's not the best way to start your trip to study instructions at the campsite. When you need them, you don't want to be depending on instructions that can vanish or disappear. It's crucial to test your equipment out beforehand in the comfort of your own home. Along with understanding how everything works, it prevents you from appearing to be a total novice camper.


Purchasing inferior goods by paying less

When we first started camping, we settled for less expensive gear because it was all we could afford. But because it wasn't actually designed for camping more than once a year, we later had to upgrade a lot of that gear. Or perhaps this piece of equipment broke down or failed to perform as intended right when we needed it.

I completely see that you can't always choose the top-tier camping brands, but do consider them, especially during sales. If at all possible, try to choose a reputable name brand with solid after-sale guarantees. You can end up saving far more later on if you pay more now. 



Not have alternative plans for campfire

A favorite aspect of camping for many people is the campfire. However, if you're new to camping, it's a good idea to be aware of a few things before you decide to cook every meal over an open fire.

It can take some time for campfires to get hot enough to use for cooking. It takes time for the coals to get extremely hot, which is necessary to place a Camp Oven in them. When you can, that's great, but if you're pushed for time or don't have the dedication to start the fire long before dinner, think about having a backup strategy.

Additionally, whether a campfire is permitted can depend on the season. Information about the fire bans can be found on the website of your local fire department.

If you don't have space for a bonfire, a barbeque is a fantastic alternative because, in most circumstances, depending on the campground restrictions, you can use gas BBQs when campfires are prohibited. And if you do start a campfire, be sure you know how to safely put one out. 

If you have decided that a campfire is a MUST, it is highly advised that you have a backup!


Underestimating the significance of lighting

Because the moon and the bonfire would provide illumination, we have to go through our camping excursions with headlamps and handheld torches.

That delusion was dispelled very early on when it came time to make supper and we only had mediocre headlights. As for torches, how were you supposed to utilize one while still making the entire meal?

We can use battery-operated lanterns before upgrading to high-quality LED Lenser headlamps, LED lighting (which casts a strong, focused light rather than a broad one), and fluoro lights. Regardless of the type of lighting you use elsewhere in camp, headlamps are a need. 

Don't undervalue the value of having clear visibility around camp. It's not enjoyable to trip over ropes, branches, and pebbles, and you don't want an accident to occur at the beginning of your journey.

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