Whether you’re camping for the first time or with first-timers, you should be aware of the most common camping mistakes to avoid. Prepping for a camping trip is about more than checking your tent and packing the essentials. Check out these tips and tricks that will save you from a camping catastrophe.
Arriving at Your Campsite Late
It’s a major rookie mistake to arrive at your campsite at sunset or after dark. You’ll definitely want time to set up your tent and make a fire before the sun goes down. Arrive with enough time to settle in slowly, and make room for possible errors.
Leaving Food Unattended
If you leave food out, you may attract pests like raccoons, skunks, and deer. Keep all food in coolers or bags. If you can, bring your food inside your tent at night to prevent animals from getting to it. If you attract pests to the campsite, they might destroy multiple sites.
Not Having Enough Lighting
The stars will not provide you enough light to see by at night, so bring a lantern to help you see in your tent. You’ll also want flashlights to help you see while you’re walking around at night, such as when you need to get to the bathroom. Since lights attract bugs, consider finding ways to keep mosquitos away from your tent with screens and citronella.
Bringing Only a Sleeping Bag
You may think a sleeping bag and a tent are enough while camping. The more blankets and pillows you add, though, the more comfortable you’ll be. Consider bringing sleeping pads and air mattresses to make your tent a great place to relax.
These common camping mistakes to avoid can prove a risk to both your comfort and your safety. Consider your well-being and what will make the camping trip fun for you and your family. You’ll make the best memories when you can focus on having a good time.
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