With summertime finally emerging, it’s time again for those wonderful family camping trips. The success of a camping trip is very dependant upon planning and preparedness. Whether this is your very first camping trip, or just the first one this season, following proper planning tips can ensure that your trip be as fun and relaxing as it was meant to be.
*Make lists. As elementary as this may sound, it can be one of the most important steps in planning your trip. Many people don’t want to take the time to make lists, and eventually they realize that they have forgotten something really important. Lists don’t have to be elaborate, just all-inclusive. One of the benefits to list making is the visual aspect. Not only does listmaking assist you with remembering items and to-do tasks, but it also helps you to visualize what you’re bringing. A list can be used as an organization tool as well. Putting items and tasks into columns can help you in deciding what are priorities and what are not.
*Bring plenty of cash. many places do not accept any other form of payment, and although it isn’t wise to carry more cash than you might need, being prepared for the worst case is always smart.
*First aid kits need to be replenished. Be sure you have plenty of bandages, bug spray, bottled water, and antiseptic spray or ointment on hand. Pain medications, allergy medications, and anti-nausea medications should be included as well, along with any prescription medications.
*If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, be sure to turn down air conditioners, turn off lights and fans, and lock up. You might consider notifying your local law enforcement or a neighbor so that they can keep an eye on your home while you are gone, as well.
*Think ahead. Imagine yourself at the camping facility. Think about any issues you might encounter including the invasion of animals, weather, and even illnesses. Pack food in airtight containers, and do not bring items that will perish in the heat unless you have a sure-fire way of keeping them cool. Food poisoning tends to put a damper ona camping trip. Bring animal-proof containers for food and trash. Pack extra tarps, tie-downs, and rain gear in case you experience bad weather. Plan your route to the nearest emergency medical facility in case of illness or injury.
Being prepared, planning, and list-making can really make a difference in the success of your camping trip. Following these tips can greatly improve your chances of having a truly enjoyable experience.