Things Campers Should Know

Tents in a fieldCamping is pretty easy. If you go to sleep outdoors and wake up in the morning , you’ve successfully participated in a camping trip. However, the more experienced you are with camping, and the more you learn about it, the better you will become at it. You learn what it takes to make your camping trips better, and how to avoid the things that can make your outings unpleasant. Here are a few things that every camper should know.

Learn how to identify poisonous plants. This goes beyond knowing which plants you shouldn’t eat. You must also know which plants you shouldn’t touch. Poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak are just a few of the plants that can cause painful rashes, and in extreme cases threaten your life.

Know how to read the weather. You don’t want to get caught out in a storm without the right gear. Learning how to read the weather can give you the time you need to pack up before a downpour. If you don’t mind getting a little wet while camping, you at least want to be able to tell when a storm is rolling through so that you can prepare your campsite.

Know how to pick a campsite. You should know what to look for in a good campsite. Flat ground is always the first thing to look for. After that, try to get a site that is uphill, without large rocks or saplings. Finding a site that provides good coverage from the wind and/or rain is an added bonus.

Know about the area where you’re going to camp. Is there a burn ban? Is it mating season for wildlife? Has there been a bear sighting? Are there usage fees? Do you need a permit? Are there special regulations? These are all things that you should look into before heading out to camp. If there is an office, ranger station, or campground host, you can check in with them to find out what you need to know.

Know your gear. Know what gear to bring, and know how to use it. Knowing that you need a tent, and knowing how to set your tent up are two different things. You have to know what gear is important for camping, but you also have to know how to use your camping equipment.

Know how to make a fire. There are many different ways to make a fire. You can rub a couple of sticks together, you can use matches, or a starter log, or even a battery and steel wool. Whatever method you decide to use, make sure you know how to get a fire going. Campfires are necessary for a good camping trip.

Know basic first aid skill. You don’t necessarily need to know how to set a bone or suture a wound. However you should be able to clean and dress minor injuries. Knowing things such as how to treat heat exhaustion, or what to do in the event of a snake bite are also good skills to know.

Do you feel like have a few things to learn about camping? Stop by the store and chat with us! We’d love to fill you in!

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