Camping vacations can provide you with the most sensational experiences. But there’s no avoiding the fact that they can also end in disaster. When you’re out in the wilds, it’s essential to be prepared. If you’re planning a camping holiday, take these basic planning tips on board.
Choosing the location
When you’re looking into locations, there are a lot of things to think about. How far do you want to travel? What do you want to do when you get there? What is the weather forecast like? It’s important to consider the answers to these questions rather than booking somewhere on a whim. Spontaneity can be great. But with camping, it’s almost always beneficial to plan ahead.
If you don’t want to travel far, get a map out and research campsites closer to home that offer the activities you’re looking for. Once you’ve chosen a destination, think about where you’re going to stay. Compare sites online, and read customer reviews. It’s also a good idea to take the climate into consideration. If you’re going camping in Big Bend National Park, for example, some areas are better suited to certain times of the year. The Chisos Basin is best for the summer, as temperatures are much lower while Rio Grand Village and Cottonwood are excellent options for the fall and winter.
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Planning your journey
The last thing you want is to start your vacation off with a stressful journey. Plan your route in advance and mark stop-off points on your map. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going. If you don’t have satnav, visit the campsite’s website for directions. Stock up on snacks and drinks before you set off.
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Packing for camping
When you’re packing for a camping trip, it’s imperative to get it right. Think about what you’re going to be doing, and bear the weather in mind. If you’re scaling the snow-tipped peaks of parks in Montana, you’re going to need thermals and waterproof layers. If you’re camping out by the shores of Crater Lake in the height of the summer, you’ll need sun cream and light, breathable clothing. Once you’ve sorted clothing out, think about supplies and equipment. If you’re planning to cook, you’ll need a stove, utensils, cutlery, and crockery. It’s also a good idea to do a grocery shop in advance. Don’t forget essentials like washing up liquid, salt, and sugar. You’ll also need sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows. Write a list of everything you want to take a couple of weeks before. This will give you plenty of time to pack, and buy anything you don’t already have.
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Camping vacations are one of the best ways to get out and explore the great outdoors. However, there is a risk of things going wrong, and everything becoming a little stressful. These tips will help you to plan in advance and eradicate any hassle. Follow the simple steps, and you’ll be toasting marshmallows over a fire without a care in the world in no time.
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