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Are you taking your first steps into the world of tent camping?
Are you taking your first steps into the world of tent camping? - Contributed

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.

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