Checklist for successful camping

Although there are plenty of affordable flight specials and holiday packages available online, sometimes one just has a hankering for a real, rugged outdoor experience. Furthermore, there are many people who prefer to camp, mainly to enjoy an authentic outdoor experience. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or want to have awesome first-time camping experience, these following tips are sure to prove helpful:

Choose the Right Location:

There are many camping sites that you can choose from, so your options are wide open. Your first option is to decide what kind of campsite you’d like to visit. One near a beach for water sports? A forest for hikes? A riverbank for rafting? Once you have an idea, you can then search for flight specials to your chosen province. If you’re still stuck on ideas, do research online and find a campsite that feels right for you. Have whoever you’re going to be camping with involved in this part of the planning.

Choose the Right Campsite:

Once you’ve narrowed down your campsite options, ensure that the site ticks off all of the following:

Clean and adequate ablution facilities.
Designated areas for trailers and another for tents.
Hot running water.
Sheltered areas for food preparation and braais.
A little cafeteria or tuck shop in case you run out of provisions.
The ability to contact emergency services in the event of anything going wrong.
The campsite should be safe and secure, from both untoward people and wild animals.

There are other non-necessities (depending on your purpose for the camping trip) that you can take into account, such as tour guides, planned activities and more.

What to Pack:

What you take with you is usually what will accompany you for your whole trip. If you’re looking for an authentic camping experience, then you will probably be quite far away from any shops. This is why the following are absolute essentials to pack on your camping trip:

A tent or trailer.
Adequate linen, blankets, and pillows.
A gas stove for cooking and heating water.
Towels.
A first-aid kit.
Mosquito repellent.
Tinned food and other non-perishables.
A tin opener.
Your own shower gel, soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper.
A cooler box.
Utensils, bowls, cups, and plates.
A small tub in which to wash utensils and crockery.
A map of the area.
Candles, solar lights, gas lamps.
Backup gas for your gas stove and lamps.
Some books and board games.
A torch.
Camping chairs.
Sunscreen.

There are other things that you can bring along such as blow-up mattresses, pumps for the mattresses and other items that will make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable. Now that you’re prepared, what are you waiting for? It’s time to gather up your camping gear and venture into the great outdoors