Everything You Need To Avoid Camping Disasters



Backpacking and camping go hand in hand, but as every experienced traveler will tell you, no matter how many times you have pitched a tent, there is a multitude of things that can go wrong. With this in mind, we’re going to go through some of the essentials you need to know about camping, to ensure your trip doesn’t end in disaster, and that you are well prepared if the worst happens. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know.

Always test
It’s important to test out all your camping gear before you go on a trip away with your tent. Yes, it can be time-consuming. But setting up your tent in a comfortable environment is a much nicer experience than finding out you have a leak when it starts to bucket down with rain while stuck in the middle of a remote location. Check your most important gear is working, too - gas stoves, torches, and any electrical devices you are planning to bring with you.
Think military grade
There are hundreds - if not thousands - of places you can pick up camping equipment. But let’s face it, not everything will be up to scratch. And the last thing you need is to be hundred-odd miles from anywhere only to find out that your essential gear is broken or not working properly. It’s worth investing in robust, hard-wearing gear, and the best you can find is probably the type of equipment they use in the army. Military flashlights, beds, and sleeping bags should last you a lifetime if you take care of them. And consider storing them in a hard-wearing, military backpack, too.
Watching the wildlife
Wherever you are camping, it is highly likely you will attract the attention of the local wildlife. Makes sure you bring sealable containers for keeping your trash and remnants of food, so the smells don’t attract rodents, mammals, or huge, scary reptiles. Bring plenty of bug repellent, too - mosquito bites can range from incredibly irritating to downright dangerous, and either way, they could ruin your experience completely. Finally, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and know who to call in the event of an emergency. Get a snake bite, for example, and you will need to get help within a particular time frame of you could be looking at a very painful - and possibly bleak - few hours.


Other essentials
While we are on the subject of getting hurt, make sure you have a well-stocked First Aid kit, with enough contents to treat every member of your camping party. Medication is essential, too, and maps and compasses will be critical - you can’t rely on your phone battery or signal getting you out of trouble if you get lost. Finally, whether you are camping or glamping, bring clothes for all weathers. When you are out there amongst the elements, it’s likely that you will get as cold during the night as will get hot during the day. Plus, of course, wherever you are in the world, the likelihood of rain is always a major possibility.
Enjoy your trip!

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