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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Don’t Worry – Go Camping

You may remember the song "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Well, camping is like that but with marshmallows! Camping is an activity not similar to any other. Thousands of people enjoy the serenity of nature once the weather gets warmer. The tents are opened and the sleeping bags are pulled out of storage. Now that the long winter has come to an end, it is time to enjoy the great outdoors. Are you new to camping or are you a seasoned veteran? You are very fortunate if you are a beginner. In this article you will find the basic information necessary for camping as well as what you can expect while you are enjoying the great outdoors.

What type of things should I take with me camping?

Let's see… you will definitely need to take some extra clothing. The weather will factor greatly into the type of clothing you will need. You will need to bring along the following items no matter where you go camping: sleeping bag, food, water, small hatchet for chopping firewood, and matches. Other items that some people pack are: coolers for food, fishing poles, tents, and a radio to listen to at night. What you take depends largely on how you want to camp and what you want to carry with you.

At what age can I take my children camping?

That depends on the weather and what type of activities you will want to do while you are out in the wilderness. Small infants do not need to be taken outdoors during inclement weather. You will need to plan out your vacation with children in mind. What activities will be enjoyed by the entire family? Are there things that will keep them busy while you are camping and relaxing? Just remember that children have short attention spans and not as much stamina as you do, so take that into account before you start off on a five mile hike through the woods.

How can I prevent wild animals from getting into my food?

The most effective way to keep animals away from your food supply is to keep the food in your car if you are in a campground. If you like to take hikes in the woods and get away from humanity, it is a good idea to tie your food high up out of reach of both small and large animals. If you keep your campfire going, it will discourage animals from rummaging through your supply of food. Bury food scraps and waste far away from your camp to keep the critters away.

What foods do people generally eat when camping?

Can you go camping and not have hot dogs and toasted marshmallows? Not me! Traditionally people have those staple items. Your choice of further food items will be dependent upon the sort of camping you are undertaking. A lot of people like to catch their own food and cook it over an open fire. If you are camping near a river or stream, you can go fishing for your food. Fish are an excellent, nutritious food supply. Whatever food you take, you will find that it tastes a lot better cooked outside versus cooking the same food at home.

What are some additional tips for camping?

The best tip when it comes to camping is to have fun. This is your time to relax and commune with nature. It does not matter if it is at a camping ground or you have hiked into the middle of a forest. It is about getting away from the hustle and bustle of work and everyday life and just enjoying the time with your family. Kids love being out camping, and it is a great way to show them the beauty of nature.

By: Darrin Hitchington


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