Tips and Hints

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Camping Tips for Beginners

If you're new to camping, it's a good idea to find someone with experience to camp with. You can learn a lot from someone who has done it before and they may even learn something new from you. Always ask questions such as, "How do you start a fire?, Where's the best spot to set up camp?"

Know the people you are camping with, even if it is for just a few days. Do you require electricity, full bathroom facilities and a swimming pool, or are you able to get by with Mother Nature? If there are children in your group, you need to consider what they need as well. All this will help you pick a campsite that will fit everyone's needs.

Start planning your camping trip in advance. This way you are certain to reserve a camp site of your choice. It's a good idea that you choose locations close to home for your first time. Plan to arrive at your campsite before dark, this way you can get everything set up and organized.

If you are going to use a tent, we recommend you practice setting it up at home first. This way you are sure you have all the poles, stakes, and other parts. This will help you assemble it more comfortably once at the campsite. Practice in the dark as well, just in case you arrive late.

A checklist is a great way to help you stay organized when packing your supplies. While you're on your camping trip, add things to your checklist that you wish you had so you have them for next time. Contact the campsite to see what they have to available for you, such as a barbeque or a picnic table and if you are able to have a camp fire.

Plan your meals so that they will be easy to prepare and serve. Know how you will be cooking your food. Will you need charcoal, propane or firewood, matches, lighter fluid, etc.? Use your checklist!

Plan some fun activities for your trip by seeing what the area has to offer. Hiking, swimming, river rafting, biking, fishing and horseback riding are just a few suggestions. Be adventurous and use your imagination and you will never run out of things to do.

When you are leaving your campsite, make sure you have left it clean. It should look as though you were never there. The next group of campers will appreciate this just as you would.

No matter what happens on your trip, remember why you are there - to enjoy the great outdoors and to have fun with each other! Don't let the little things get you down.