The beauty of adventure travel is the flexibility and freedom of pitching a tent and taking in everything around you. From smells and sounds to breathtaking sights, there’s a lot to be said for braving the wild and getting back to basics. If you’re an intrepid traveller looking forward to a camping trip, check out these tips for camping in the wilderness.
Before you go
Before you set off on the adventure of a lifetime, it’s wise to do a little planning. Get a rough idea of where you’re heading and look for safe places to camp for the night. Pack the essentials and master skills, which will help to keep you safe and warm. Are you confident you can make a fire without a box of matches? Do you have food and clean water? Would you know what to do if you were approached by a bear? Read some survival manuals, such as http://go.ridgemontoutfitters.com/awesome-wilderness-hacks/. Take plenty of layers and a waterproof coat and trousers with you.
Check local weather forecasts and look out for advice and warnings from park rangers. If you’re visiting Yosemite, you can look here http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/index.htm.
Pitching your tent
Have a good look around at the ground before you set your tent down for the night. It is best to choose a dry, flat surface, which is far from slopes or ledges. Secure your tent and always ensure the zips are closed before you go to sleep.
Make sure you have a warm sleeping bag with you, even if you are camping in warm climates. At night, the temperature may fall significantly, and you’ll be glad of the extra padding. If it’s freezing, sleep in several layers and wear a wooly hat and thick socks.
Keeping your energy up
If you’re determined to avoid fast food joints and you’re heading right out into the sticks, it’s a good idea to have plenty of snacks with you. High energy, calorie-rich bars are recommended. It is particularly important to keep your energy up if you are hiking, cycling or climbing during the day. Try to start your day with a hearty breakfast.
If you’re channelling Bear Grylls and your aim is to complete the ultimate survival mission, you could always forage for food in the forest. Look out for juicy bugs or try and catch fish in a stream.
Always ensure you throw wrappers and scraps of food away. If you’re camping in an area bursting with wildlife, the smell may bring you some unwanted visitors. In bear country, cook at least 200 metres away from your tent. If you are approached by a bear, don’t run. Although your natural instinct may be to get out of there as quickly as possible, this is not the best decision. Make some noise to try and scare them off, walk backwards and maintain eye contact.
Camping in the wild can be exhilarating, but it does carry risks. Follow these simple tips and use your common sense to prevent accidents and injuries. Plan ahead, choose bases wisely and employ your survival know-how when necessary. Most importantly, stay safe and have a wonderful time.