5 Common Camping Mistakes

April 13, 2016

5 Common Camping Mistakes

You check the forecast…it’s going to be a sunny weekend. You just need to buy some supplies and you’ll be singing around the camp fire in no time at all.

But before you head out, read these common camping mistakes and make sure you avoid them:

Taking the wrong tent

Luckily tent manufacturers don’t design cars because if they did you would always find that your nice shiny new motor was one seat short of what you need. A “2 man” tent will simply not accommodate 2 men. 1 man and his rucksack is all you’ll get in there. So if you need a family tent, you need space for you all to sleep in AND to store your clothes and equipment. So unless you really want to travel light, get a bigger tent than you think you need.

Inadequate sleeping equipment

How well you sleep can make or break your camping trip. So invest in quality sleeping bags and a sleeping mat for all the family. If you’ve got the space, an air bed is the height of luxury. It can get cold at night even in summer so you need something that will keep you warm. It’s especially important to get some quality sleep if you’ve got excited kids getting up at 6am.

Not testing your gear

Are you sure you’ve still got enough tent pegs and that the ground sheet is actually in the tent bag? Spending 10 minutes checking your equipment before you pack it can save you a lot of hassle, rather than arriving at your destination only to find that you’ve forgotten a vital piece of equipment or something is broken. When was the last time you checked the sleeping bags? Did you notice the apple core that little Johnny left in there 2 summers ago?

Not having the right cooking equipment

Cooking a meal at home is easy. You have a kitchen full of equipment ready to whip up all manner of delightful meals for your family.

Cooking a meal when you’re camping needs to be more considered. Think carefully about what you’ll eat, but just as important is to plan HOW you’ll cook it. Make sure you pack all of the cooking equipment you will need.

And you won’t always be able to cook on a BBQ or campfire so take some backup cooking equipment such as a gas stove.

Arriving late

Arriving late (especially after dark) is never a pleasant experience. At best, you find an average pitch somewhere near where you wanted. At worst, you’re in the muddy spot next to the toilet, putting up your tent by torch-light. So, leave in plenty of time, plan your route and pack the night before.

 

So before your next trip, make sure you’ve planned ahead.    




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