Tent Camping Tips
When planning for a camping trip, you can never be too prepared. Here are some tips and tricks to help make your next Tent Camping adventure a pleasant one.
Beware of Critters
Depending on your camping destination, your campground may be home to many critters large and small. Make sure to protect yourself and your food as best possible. No food should be kept in your tent…ever. Insects can get through those crevices and screens quicker than you’d imagine. In dry/hot areas, be especially careful of ants, as they will even go after the water residue on a used toothbrush (trust me, it’s happened)!
Consider keeping all food in your vehicle when it’s not being used. If your in a location that tends towards bigger critters (such as bears), campsites will often have metal containers in which to store your food. If your in this type of environment, it is best to store all your food and toiletries (yes, your toothpaste and deodorant do smell tasty) in the metal containers, as bears have been known to tear open vehicles in which they see or smell something good. Even your trash should be quickly disposed of or locked away so as not to attract unwanted attention.
Biting pests, like mosquitoes, can be protected against with the use of insect repellent or citronella candles. It’s also helpful to use unscented toiletries (soap, shampoo, lotion and deodorant), as scents often attract these types of insects. And, while this seems obvious, be sure to keep your tent zipped up to keep insects and critters out.
Create a packing list ahead of your trip, or you can pick one up from various online sources. There are certain things that are very easy to forget, like can openers and pot holders. While campgrounds like Butterfield have a general store for your last minute needs, it’s always helpful to build of list of what you know you will need ahead of time. Here is a list of some of those items that people don’t always think about, but are always necessary on a camping trip.
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries
- Matches or Lighter for Campfires and Stoves
- Utensils like a can opener, bottle opener, pot holders, and tongs.
- Other cooking necessities like tin foil, cooking spray and ziplock baggies.
- Sunscreen, even if you don’t think you’re going to need it.
- Dishwashing materials: soap, wash buckets, and sponges or scrub brushes.
- First aid kit and band-aids.
- Toilet paper (just in case!)
- Duct Tape – useful as a quick fix for just about anything.
Keep your Tent Clean & Dry
This is the place that your are going to be sleeping and is your only escape from the great outdoors during your trip. Make sure to keep your tent clean and dry to make your camping experience a comfortable one. Try to keep the tent as a no shoes zone, either leaving your shoes outside of the tent, or taking them off right before you go in, and then placing the shoes (after brushing them off) in an out-of-the-way corner. Have a small tarp that you can place outside the door to your tent as an area to take shoes off easily before going inside.
Try to keep yourself and your belongings away from the sides of the tent. Condensation can form on the inside of your tent during the night and cause you to wake up with some wet clothes if you’re not careful.
Be Prepared for Fire Building
Not every place you visit is going to have the necessities for fire-building immediately available, so you may have to bring your own. Firewood can be purchased at many campground stores, but without one you may have to bring your own. Make sure you have matches or your up for a cold night. Consider making some homemade fire starters out of egg cartons, dryer lint and wax to make sure you can get the fire going quickly without a lot of hassle.
Whether you are camping at an all amenities included resort or on a back-country adventure, make sure that you come fully prepared to make your trip fun and worry-free.