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Planning the Perfect Camping Trip

Planning the Perfect Camping Trip

Camping is a very fun activity and often the favorite of many enthusiasts. A camping trip can, however, come with lots of stress. But with a little bit of planning, you can avoid all the tension and look forward to a joyous time with family and friends. Planning and packing for a stress-free and enjoyable camping trip involve the following:

Clothing

It is necessary to pack clothes as per the season. Clothing should offer warmth in winter and cool the body in summer. Opt for apparels which can be mixed, matched, and layered so as to get the most out of them under varying weather scenarios. Divide the clothes into 4 layers, i.e. the outer layer, the mid-layer, the insulation layer, and the inner layer. Verify the weather about 10 days in advance to get an idea about what kind of clothes need to be packed.

  1. The inner layer is nearest to the body. It keeps the body dry by absorbing sweat and excess moisture from the body. It also acts as an insulating agent in cooler conditions.
  2. The middle layer comprises of daily wear such as pants, tees, and shirts. They can be worn with an outer layer in cold weather, or without them in pleasant conditions.
  3. The insulation layer consists of vests, thick shirts, sweatshirts, and sweaters. They can be used if the inner and mid layers are insufficient to keep out the cold. These clothes need to be made from breathable and light fabrics, thereby permitting the body to manage its temperature.
  4. The outer layer of clothing provides the best defense against varied elements like snow, wind, and rain. This layer should also be made from porous fabric. It should keep the body dry and warm under extreme weather conditions.

Food

Simple one-dish meals are ideal for camping excursions. Prep the meals in advance and wrap them in foil so that they can be easily heated on the stove. Canned goods and other easy-to-store ingredients are preferable. Hot dogs, chili, potatoes, beans, and varied condiments are good meal choices. You can make fresh cornbread by mixing butter, cornmeal, salt, and water in a pan, while pancakes only require an easy mixture of water, flour, and salt. Dishes made from freshly caught fish will make your camping trip really special. Carry lots of water to prevent dehydration. Grilling during camping is the most fun. Hence, you may carry a campfire grill and/or a BBQ grill.

Shelter

Warm sleeping bags are good enough. But the real fun lies in sleeping in tents. Ensure that you carry tents in good condition with no anchors or tent stakes that are missing.

Miscellaneous Essentials

Do not forget to carry items like your glasses, mobile phone, working flashlights and batteries, trash bags, a lighter or matches, paper towels, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, a tarp, and toilet tissues. Carry only the basic personal grooming and toiletry items. Make sure to carry a fully-stocked first aid kit and all your medications. If you are going fishing, then carry the proper fishing gear. Entertainment options like music and board and card games will help liven up the mood in the evenings.  

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