Sunday, August 18, 2013

How to plan a camping vacation?

The most important part of any camping trip takes place before you leave home – success depends on careful planning. When you are miles into the woods, it is too late to do anything about necessities you have left at home – such as matches or a knife. This why old hands at camping use checklists to help in organizing their trips.

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What equipment you need depends on the kind of camping you intend to do, and also on your mode of transportation. For example, if you are traveling in a car, you can take along almost anything that will fit into it – a roomy tent, plenty of foods, stove, and even canned goods. If you plan to camp at a site accessible only to hikers, you should take only what you can comfortably carry on your back.

Each type of camping requires certain tools or equipment. If you are a tenderfoot, it is a good idea to ease into camping gradually. In the beginning, rent your equipment, and go camping with experienced people, perhaps with a club. In this way, you will have a chance to see what style of camping suits you before buying equipment.

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Camping simplifies your life

Your daily requirements are reduced to the basic necessities: shelter, food, and clothing. Your shelter can be anything from a trailer to a sleeping bag. If your campsite can be reached by car, you can choose a tent that is built for roominess and comfort rather than compactness and minimal weight. The best type of tents are those with a  sewn-in floor, large windows with mosquito netting, and roll-down flaps for protection against bad weather. Tents with umbrella frames are favored by many because they require few stakes and ropes, and can be set up on almost any kind of ground.

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Minimal camping equipment & goods

•    Tent
•    Sleeping bag
•    Flashlight with extra batteries
•    Compass
•    Ropes
•    First-aid kit
•    Water purification tablet or machine
•    Toilet tissue
•    Plastic garbage bag
•    Some dry fruits
•    Canned food
•    Dishpan
•    Matches
•    Some kerosene or petrol
•    Cooking oil
•    Salt, pepper, sugar
•    Potatoes
•    Notebook and pencils
•    Maps
•    Rain gear

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A downpour, a swarm of insects, or a mid-summer cold snap. This particularly important when you choose your clothing. Guidebooks and brochures for most areas give the average age high and low temperatures for each month, and the amount of rainfall to be expected. In mountains it is always better to take along a little more clothing, rather than get caught with too little. Clothes that can be worn in layers, such as shirts, sweaters, and jackets, are more convenient than one large, heavy coat. Remember that mountains can be chilly even on sweltering summer days.

Keep your campsite clean. Take along several plastic bags for storage. Food odors attract animals, so put all food in tightly closed containers. Follow local regulations in disposing of refuse. Never store food inside your tent. Many undesirable encounters with wild animals can be avoided by taking these precautions.

A safe campfire – where, when and how

It's the highest bonfire I've ever had (Mount Abbott)
Choose a spot out in the open, away from tents, trees, and bushes. Do not build fires during windy weather, especially during a dry spell. Dig a hole about 18 inches across and 6 inches deep. Circle the hole with fairly large rocks. Build the fire in the center of the hole, using twigs and leaves as kindling and larger branches to keep the fire going.

Keep a bucket of water of water and a shovel handy in case it becomes windy after your fire is started; put the fire out if there’s any danger of its spreading. Never leave the fire untended. When putting a fire out, use lots of water; separate the burning pieces and soak each one thoroughly.

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