Camping is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to take a trip. It’s much cheaper than staying in any of these fancy hotels that you find on a holiday, and it can also be a lot more fun. Whether you’re an all-out camper who likes to make their own fires, sleep under the stars and explore the wilderness, or a glamper who much prefers the comfort of their motorhome, plug-in showers and camping stoves, there are a few essentials you need to know before you go, so you can have a fun and stress-free camping trip.
Know your way around
If you’re camping in the great outdoors, where there are very few people around, you’re going to need to be able to find your way back to your tent, without the help of road signs and helpful residents. Google Maps can be an absolute lifesaver when it comes to finding your way around unknown places, but if you’re in the depths of the woods, you probably aren’t going to get any signal.
So, what do you do?
Take a map of the area and learn how to read it, of course. If you happen to get lost or simply want to find a local attraction, a map could be your best friend and with Nest Campers you get a great brochure with all the best spots/things to see in Slovenia/Croatia as well. If you’re well acquainted with wayfinding, you could even take a compass. Not only will it help you if you lose your bearings, but it can also be a fun addition to go exploring with.
Plan in advance
If you decide to throw together a concoction of clothes and amenities the day before your trip, chances are, you’ll either forget something or pack way too much. The best way to enjoy a stress-free trip is to plan well before you embark on your adventure.
The easiest way to do so is to create a packing list or use ours. Write an organised list of all of the essentials, from food to sleeping bags to coats. The last thing you want is to be caught in the middle of nowhere having forgotten your tent. The Secret Traveller blog by 1Cover has a great list of things you need to pack before you go away. Also, prepare to take extra of everything, just in case something gets lost, damaged or broken.
It can also be handy to keep an emergency stash of money so that you can get yourself out of a tricky situation if a problem arises. For example, buying extra food if an animal steals yours or a new tent if yours starts to leak. A first aid kit is also a must-have for any trip.
Decide your activities
What are you going to do on your trip? You could go rock climbing or canoeing, dependent on your location of choice. However, it’s always good to decide in advance. This way, you can be prepared with what to pack, as well as deciding a budget and how much money to bring along with you.
Planning what you’re going to do could also help you decide on a location if you haven’t already. Compare the available activities of each site and pick the most appealing one.
Having said that, many people prefer to avoid sports and attractions altogether, instead preferring just to wander the local area and take in the scenery. Whatever you decide to do on your camping trip, planning it in advance is the key to a stress-free holiday.
Delegate the jobs
If you’re camping with family members or friends, it’s important to know what you’re all doing, otherwise, you’re going to be set for a pretty tough trip. This is especially important if you’re making your own fire, cooking food, building your own shelter and gathering supplies. Before you leave, decide on what everyone’s role will be, so that when you get there, everyone can get on with what they need to. It also saves arguments over who gets to cook or clean up.
Camping trips don’t have to be complicated or stress-inducing. The most essential things for your holiday involve preparation and planning ahead. If you know what’s happening, when and how, you simply can’t go wrong. Without planning, however, you’re likely to get lost or forget things, and no one wants that when they’re thirty miles deep in a forest.
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