Camping is a great way to spend your holiday and explore more of the great outdoors. It doesn’t have to be just in the sunnier seasons, camping can be enjoyed all year round if you are well prepared, physically and mentally. Although it may be colder, you can guarantee you will have a lot of fun.
Here are some top tips to prepare for your camping trip.
#1 Invest in good equipment
If you are planning to camp regularly or in the colder seasons, investing in good, high-quality equipment will make the world of difference. Make sure you invest in a good, sturdy tent that is both waterproof and wind-resistant, torches, sleeping bags with thick inner liners, fleece blankets, hand and feet warmers and gloves, hats and extra socks.
All this gear will come in handy if you choose to camp in any weather. It is also a great thing to have stored away in case there is ever an emergency or disaster at home. Prepared Bee have a plethora of survival guides and resources to help in this area.
#2 Plan ahead
Always keep an eye on the weather and environmental conditions before you travel. These can change in an instant, and you don’t want to be stuck or stranded without enough or the right equipment. You can plan ahead by writing a list and packing all of the essentials in advance, and then closer to the time you can add any additional items into the bags. Make sure if the weather is going to be bad, you pack everything in an order that will help you keep clothes and important items dry, and you can quickly access your tent and other items to pitch up as soon as you arrive. It is also very important to plan ahead with the kind of food you want to eat, so you can source and purchase the items beforehand. If you are going off-grid, for a long trip, then you may need to look at condensed food items that can easily be carried.
#3 Create an itinerary
If you like to get out and explore, it is a good idea to plan your itinerary. This will enable you to ensure you have something to do every day, and no time is wasted. You could also source OS maps before you head off for your journey, to ensure that you know the routes you are going to take and don’t need to rely on technology, as it is not always reliable out in the wild.
#4 Research the area
It is important to research the area you are heading to, so if you have any concerns or questions, you can sort them out before you go, rather than disrupting your trip or cutting it short. This will ensure you have everything you need and can have a great trip. Consider how long it will take to get there, how far off-grid you are going, are there any rules that you need to follow in the places you are visiting, how much food will you need, how long are you going for, can you source food and fresh water nearby, do you have permission to camp on the land, etc?
These are some of the most important things you need to think about when planning a camping trip.