Three Tips For Smart Camping Practices

There is much advice to give to newbie campers, ranging from the things they should bring with them, to what they should expect at a campsite. There is even advice on how to look like a seasoned camper. Below are three helpful tips that you might not have heard about:

Learning to put up your camp at home – in case it never crossed your mind, before you take out your survival equipment and test it out, make it a point to try and put up your tent. As you will soon realize, setting up a tent is actually more complex than most people think. Practising putting up your tent will be something you will be especially thankful for in the end, especially when to arrive at your campsite late and the other family members start complaining about wanting to eat or relax after the long trip. Not to add, practising at home will ensure that you won’t be making any newbie mistakes such as forgetting to stake down your tent – and ultimately finding that it was blown away by a strong enough wind.

Collecting firewood smartly – campfires are one of the highpoints of the camping life, and you are probably expecting to set up one as soon as you reach the campsite. To that end, you will probably bring some wooden logs to burn with you, but if you are camping out at a site close to a forest or the like, you can find plenty of firewood if you simply take a stroll in the woods. When collecting firewood, tinder and kindling, make sure to collect in excess – you almost always use up more than you what expected for. And of course, do not forget to take a set of survival knives with you for cutting up (or more correctly, ‘batoning’) wood!. Link here provide a high standard knives that will suit your needs.

Douse the fire until you are 100% sure it is dead – a big mistake with big consequences is not putting out a campfire correctly. Every responsible camper should make it a point to correctly kill out their campfire before they leave the campsite. As you would know, campfires have red hot embers that take a while to warm up, but once they are hot, they take a considerably long time to fully cool down. Basically, even if the campfire looks like it has died out, the embers underneath might actually be still hot – and a strong enough wind can take them into a forest nearby and cause a fire quite easily. Not to add, children (or anyone) can mistakenly step on them and get seriously burned. To avoid such unfortunate events, make it a point to ‘overkill’ the campfire – douse it in water or snow, bury with soil, etc. until you are positive that it won’t be able to catch fire any more.