10 Most Common Camping Mistakes to Avoid
By Wendi Garcia
Many campers are generous enough to share their blunders so that others won't
make the same mistake of committing them. Some say that experience will teach
you how to be a good camper, but if you are new to camping, you
shouldn't need to wait years to learn the mistakes to be avoided.
Here are the top 10 common camping mistakes that you should avoid:
the whole house with you. Many inexperienced campers tend to bring so many
items that they end up being overloaded and tired because of the heavy
loads to carry around. This is why it's so important that you are able to
distinguish what's essential from not.
Create a checklist of things to bring and compare it with online checklists
so you will have an idea. The basic camping checklist should compose of camping
tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, flashlight, outdoor
cookware, cooking and
eating utensils, coolers, stove, tables and chair, first aid kit, food and
water, clothing and personal toiletries.
- Leaving the campsite dirty. No camper in his right mind would trash a
campsite and leave it knowing how frustrating it is for the next
campers to arrive at a dirty camping spot. You should always follow the “leave no trace” camping
policy which entails proper disposable of garbage and keeping the campsite
- Being noisy. Most campsites assign quiet hours during the night so that
campers will have a peaceful sleep. It sure is fun to do some night partying
but you should be considerate to other campers and observe these quiet hours.
- Cooking elaborate meals. Outdoor cooking is indeed a lot more difficult
than cooking at home. Don't make the mistake of attempting to prepare an
overly complicated dish that would take a whole day of preparation. Simple,
easy-to-cook but sumptuous meals are ideal for camping trips.
- Leaving food
unattended. Once finished, it's best to put away food and store them
in the trunk of your car or other secure spot so as not to attract bears or any other animals
who are craving to steal your picnic basket.
- Not looking after the kids.
Tend to the kids at all times. It's easy for them to get lost or encounter
a mishap so it's best that you always keep a keen eye on them. If you
should be busy doing something, be sure to leave the kids under the supervision
of another adult (but never with a stranger of course).
- Eating, cooking or
lighting up a lantern inside a tent. The tent is a sleeping area. Cooking
and lighting up lanterns inside it are extremely dangerous and
will attract critters and ants.
- Collecting firewood at the campsite. If you
intend to have a campfire, it's a good idea to bring your own firewood
or buy from a store. It's never okay to gather firewood at the local area
because if everybody did that, the forest will soon be denuded.
- Letting pets
loose. Always keep pets under control under any circumstance.
to completely put out the campfire. When you leave the camp or before you
go to sleep, be sure you've completely extinguished the campfire and that
there's no chance for it to re-ignite.
Mistakes are not something we should regret, they are something we should
learn from. And while it's good to learn from our own mistakes, nobody said
we cannot learn from others'. So on your next camping trip, always keep these
common mistakes in mind and try your best to avoid them.
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