Are you taking your first steps into the world of tent camping? Here are a few tips that will help you ensure everything goes smoothly.
Get set up right
-Inspect your gear before leaving home.
-Arrive at the campsite early so you have plenty of daylight during which to get set up.
-Choose where you pitch your tent carefully. Don’t set up underneath a single tree, for example, as it can act as a natural lightning rod. At the same time, remember to choose a spot that has lots of shade in the morning.
-Remove any rocks and branches from the area before pitching your tent.
-Put a waterproof tarp underneath your tent for a little extra protection.
-Place some rocks on the tent’s stakes if the ground is moist.
-Pack an extra waterproof tarp. They’re always helpful on rainy days.
Avoid unnecessary problems
-Wear light-coloured clothes to avoid attracting mosquitoes.
-Remember to pack at least two flashlights and spare batteries, just in case.
-Keep the cooler and other stronger-smelling items (such as scented soaps) in the car and don’t leave dirty laundry or garbage out in the open. The scent is likely to attract wild animals.
-Keep an eye on open flames at all times and be sure that your cinders are no longer hot before going to bed or leaving the campsite.
Be a good neighbour
-Don’t take shortcuts across other campers’ sites.
-Don’t make unnecessary noise after the park’s curfew.
-Keep your dog on a leash and pick up any of his or her droppings when necessary.
-Don’t leave any garbage on your campsite when you strike your tent and head out.