Camping in the woods is a great way to get outside your home and your head. Camping is a fun, family-friendly activity that can help you to reconnect to nature. However, being well-prepared is essential to enjoy your time outside fully. Here are five tips to help you make the most of your camping adventure in the woods this season.
1. Choose the Perfect Campsite
When you are camping, it is essential to the experience to pick the right campsite. You want to choose a flat site free of roots, rocks, and other debris. Check the area for potential hazards like dead tree branches or insect infestation. According to The Department of Consumer Affairs, the three pests you should look out for include termites, ticks, and mosquitos because they are the three largest human threats.
Parking your tent under a bee’s nest is also highly discouraged. Look for a site that offers natural features that can be beneficial, like access to fresh water and shade. Putting some effort into choosing the perfect campsite will pay off by giving you a home base that is comfortable and safe while outside.
2. Be Prepared for Changing Weather
It is essential that you do a weather check before you leave home. It would be best to track the Weather in the area you intend to visit for the week before leaving home. Look at long-range forecasts and pack accordingly.
Weather in the woods can change suddenly. It is better to prepare for inclement Weather and not use the gear than to find that you need it and don’t have it with you. Bring a ground tarp for your tent to ensure water from rain can’t seep in.
3. Pay Attention to Food Storage
If you are camping in the woods, you should always remember that you are a visitor in the home of the wildlife in the area. The wildlife roams freely, and don’t consider your campsite a boundary. Do your part to ensure that you are taking steps to keep yourself and your family safe. For example, don’t leave food where animals can pilferage through it.
Animals can smell food from a great distance. You don’t want to attract animals to your campsite. Bring containers that can seal tightly to keep your food safe and avoid attracting wildlife to the campsite. Don’t leave food sitting outside.
4. Be a Good Steward
Make sure you take your waste and properly dispose of it. It would be best to leave the campsite in better condition than you found. Ensure that you fully extinguish all campfires. Use water to douse the fire. Spread the ashes and douse the ashes with water. Don’t feed the wildlife. Human food can make wildlife sick. Take everything you brought with you home.
5. Bring Music
Camping outside is a great way to relax and unwind, and so is music. If you play an instrument, bring it with you. Nothing is better than gathering around the campfire and singing as a group. According to Fender, make sure you tune your guitar before you play. It should be tuned every time you play.
Make sure everyone in your group has consented to go camping if you are camping with underage people. For example, suppose you have a court order for child custody like you need in Maryland, which according to NOLO, is required. In that case, you want to ensure the non-custodial (or custodial) parent knows you are going camping.
Spending time outside is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. These simple tips will ensure the time is safe, memorable, and a season highlight. Learn more tips for enjoying your time outdoors. Happy camping.