How to prepare for a summer camping trip
By AdFeatures | Friday, July 27, 2012, 14:23
If you’re planning a holiday in a tent this summer, there can often be a desire to throw everything in the car and just see what happens. While this can be very liberating, especially if you’re looking for a spur of the moment escape, it can also be a mistake. Both in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, the weather is notoriously changeable and the last thing you want to see are rainclouds covering the sun and feel a drastic drop in temperature.
On the other hand, it’s important to decide what not to take on a camping trip, as lugging huge bags around can quickly become a chore. Here are a few tips to make sure your holiday is one to remember for the right reasons.
Only pack the essentials
Decide where you going and exactly what you need. Bulky items such as inflatable boats and fishing equipment may be fun, but if you’re heading inland they may prove useless and become a bore to carry around.
It’s a good idea to buy your food near to your destination to avoid carrying excess weight. Tinned food is great for camping but heavy to carry around, so decide how much you need for the amount of time you’re spending in the great outdoors.
Sleeping bags are the most important thing to remember. Able to keep you warm at night in bed or as a blanket around a campfire, they can also act as an extra layer of padding between you and uncomfortable ground.
Take the right clothes
While bulky luxury items such as high heels and an extensive wardrobe may be comforting, try to get away with as little as possible. Take a capsule wardrobe of essentials that can be mixed and matched, and remember; dress for comfort and warmth, not style.
If you’re going to a place which has a nearby town that you think you might visit at night, bring one specific ‘going out’ outfit. If you’re planning a hiking trip then items such as hiking boots, breathable walking trousers and a warm lightweight jacket are essential
Tell people where you’re going
If you’re heading somewhere remote, make sure that you notify your friends and family of where you’ll be and how long you plan to spend there. That way, if anything happens, help will never be too far away. Also make sure that everyone is carrying a mobile phone which is charged at every available opportunity.
Check the weather forecast
It sounds silly, but always find out what weather is expected and try to plan your trip for a sunny part of the year. Although forecasts can sometimes be wrong it’s always better to plan your trip for a time when the chance of bad weather is lower. If you can’t move the date of your trip, then make sure you pack accordingly, with warm waterproof clothes, a sturdy tent from a reputable outlet, and a few spare pairs of socks to keep your feet warm and dry.