Upon arrival at the place of rest, you may have some time before the sun sets over the horizon so that everything is organized and prepared for the next day of fun in the sun.
Preparation at home is crucial. Obviously you should have everything in your backpack that you think you may need or need, but preparing your camp is important for many reasons, including your safety.
An organized campsite is a safe camp, so have everything you need in your backpack to set up camp properly. Forget something important or make a mistake and you may have angry little children on vacation.
Choose your place
The first choice you will have to make when you arrive at the camp is to choose a place for your tent.
Get ready for this in advance by doing research on the location of the camp and arrive early to overcome the excitement.
You better find a place on a hill to avoid unpleasant surprises such as heavy rain, sudden floods or a puddle. High positions will also be safer for you in case of emergency.
Check soil and foliage for signs of moisture. The higher the land you choose, the less likely it is that you will be worried about rain. All tourists know that it can appear suddenly. Be prepared for wet ground and stock up on extra tarpaulin if necessary.
It may be difficult to find a flat surface, especially in more mountainous areas, but it will make your camping, and most importantly, your sleeping area more comfortable. If you have the necessary equipment, you can try to level the ground on which you plan to stay, but this is often condemned, because most places for the camp should be left exactly as they were found.
For some camping means that you have prepared your food in advance and took it with you. For others, camping means that you will cook on the fire. Just make sure that you have a grill or barbecue, which is suitable for this task!
No matter who you are, you need to make sure that your food is stored correctly.
You should use a mini fridge to store food that can spoil, to avoid any poisoning while away from medical care. If you do not have a fridge, you can simply use a pond or dig out a cellar to keep your food cold.
Water should be at the top of your priority list. Water is not only the most important thing to survive, but also the easiest thing to prepare in advance by planning the right destination.
The place for your camp should be near some water body, whether it is a small running stream, melting snow or a massive lake. You should also have some kind of water filtration system to use natural water for drinking, if emergency situations require it.
Your shelter is one of the first things to be organized during the camping. If you have a good tent, you can use this area to sleep and store spare equipment. If you build a shelter from scratch, you can do it any way you want.
The shelter is also very important to protect you from extreme weather conditions and provide potential protection from dangerous animals. Your shelter should be large enough for your crib and your belongings, as well as strong and durable.
Keeping your camp clean and organized will help you feel less tense in nature and help you not to leave garbage when you leave.
You should be careful not to bring too many disposable items, and make sure you have enough garbage bags to collect before you go home.
Your cooking space must be on a table, homemade or otherwise. A higher table will help keep the dirt away from the food. Your kitchen area should be equipped with a stove, cutting boards and crockery, pans, foil and anything else you may need for your planned dishes.
There should also be a hand washing station in your cooking area to make sure you keep your cooking as clean as possible. The hand wash station will be useful for cleaning any sticky foods from your fingers and cleaning dishes and frying pans after use.
Like your food, the garbage must be far from your camp. I understand that it can be annoying to walk back and forth to get rid of a simple wrapper, but garbage can generate very corrosive odors that can attract wildlife.
Avoid this by bringing garbage bags that help to eliminate the smell and taking them out at least 100 meters from the camp. 100 meters sounds like a lot, but there is a lot of space between you and a potential moose or bear.
It may sound a little preachy, but never leave your garbage in nature. I can’t tell you how unpleasant it is to be surrounded by majestic mountains, tall trees and colorful wildflowers and suddenly step on an empty plastic bottle. If you take it away, take it out and dispose of it, you will do it right.