Summer’s here, and you know what that means: it’s camping season! People are wiping the specks of dust from tents that have been hiding in the garage corner for months, getting ready to buy the newest outdoor gear, and going down a list of people to invite for the next trip out of the city. But before you get lost in the hype of camping fever, make sure that every preparation is taken before you embark on the open road and into the wilderness.
Check out the tips below so you can make this year’s camping trip the most awesome yet:
Never leave before getting a routine maintenance and tune-up for your car
Since a personal vehicle or RV is the primary mode of transportation to the campsite, make sure you take it in for a check-up at the auto-shop to make sure your car is well-maintained. Get the oil changed so the engine won’t suffer any serious damage thanks to the summer heat, inflate tire pressure, test out the brakes, lights, and signals, and check up on the off-roading features in your vehicle if applicable. Camping may entail driving off the beaten path, and you want to make sure your car is prepared for the rugged external environment.
Prepare for the unexpected
Accidents happen all the time, and you want to be prepared for any problems they cause. Put together an emergency filled with medical supplies, clothes accommodated to suit all types of weather, and extra cash, food, and water. You also should have a flashlight, jumper cables, a spare battery, and flares on hand as well. If you need more financial security, opt for getting traveler’s insurance for your vehicle if you plan on driving a car, especially an RV.
Invite friends and family to join the party
Camping is always better enjoyed with a group of people. Don’t be shy about inviting friends and family to join you on the adventure into the woods. Everyone can have their designated tasks to make the camping trip more enjoyable and efficient. For example, one person can bring all the food, while some volunteer to use their tent. Plus, you may have loved ones who have experience with camping and can share their knowledge and tips with you!
Be generous with the amount of food and water you bring
You should never skimp out on bringing food and water, so don’t be afraid to bring a generous amount of them. Being hungry on a camping trip is a terrible experience, and no one will have fun when they’re aggravated and have an empty stomach. You need food and water to replenish everyone not just at the campsite, but the drive to the campground and back home. Additionally, it’s important to remember to never leave your food out in the open since it has the potential to attract animals to the campsite.
Pick a campsite that satisfies your personal needs and wants
Not all campsites are the same, and you can bet that it’s possible to find one that suits all your wants and needs, like a fire pit, bathroom, beautiful views, and even a pet policy! Whether you want every comfort offered or wish to dive into the wild and completely separate yourself from technology and society for a while, there are campsites catered for you. Therefore, take the time to research as many campgrounds as you can!
With summer finally upon us, going on adventures and relaxing is our top priority. Naturally, spontaneous plans are in your future – but the number one activity you should always be prepared for and carefully plan out is camping. As long as you follow the tips mentioned above, you’re guaranteed to make this summer the best one yet!