5 things to keep in mind while Camping
Sun, Oct, 20, 13Posted by : Pragati
Camping is something that connects me to the nature, locals and the place in way hotels can’t. Plus all I need is a good clean spot and my equipment’s. For me, it’s all about creating your own space where ever you go and a way of life: I’ve learned that I have to leave behind the routines that I follow at home and start thinking like a camp-dweller instead.
Few basic stuff that you need to check before you head out for camping.
Carry immediate food. Always be aware of your surrounding give a proper read about the location you are going to do camping in, know the fauna and wildlife.
First timers, have atleast 1 person in the group who has done this before, small things choosing the right spot for pitching the tent come from experience and there is no exact guide book to it. Equipment wise too try all the equipment before you leave for camping if you are using the equipment for the first time or after long.
General Check List: Tents, Sleeping Bag, Matts, Water Bottle, torch, map of the surrounding, lighter, Pepper spray, GPS if you are planning to do it somewhere remote. Survival food like Maggie, bread, biscuits and cakes, they take minimum efforts to cook ( water and a small container).
Basic things to remember while pitching a tent
• Pay attention to your tent: In hot conditions try to pitch your tent in the shade, or cover it with an opaque tarp. If that isn’t possible, unzip your tent’s vents and move heat-sensitive items outside.
• In slightly cold weather try to pitch the tent near a rock or cave. It stops the child air and in case of rain or snowfall you will be safer.
• Never pitch your tent near a water source, high chances of encountering wildlife and in rainy season you might get washed away by flood.
• Put small camp fire to avoid animal coming near camping area.
• Another very important thing to note is never keep any food item inside the tent or eat inside the tent- It attracts animals and insect even smaller animal like rodent and all can destroy the tent.
• Keep all your trekking equipment inside, never damage them/loose them; they are your lifeline in the wild.
Bring more water than you think you need
If you heed only one tip from this list, make it this one: dehydration is probably the biggest danger and food poisoning due to drinking water from unknown sources are the biggest danger while camping. Know where local water sources are, and bring iodine tablets if necessary. Always carry water when hiking, and drink it frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty: by then, you’re already dehydrated.
3. Respect the wildlife
Always read about the wildlife around the camping site. Avoid there path in case you find foot mark of any animal, take a diversion or route.
Never go very close to the wild animal, avoid being hero. Normally no animal will attack you unless you portray yourself as a danger to them, just be calm, don’t move much, don’t try to run. Let the animal pass then you can move to a safe place or village.
Always watch your step. Don’t go poking around in holes in rocks, and make a habit of shaking out your boots before you put them on.
Carry basic first aid and tablets. In the unlikely event that you’re bitten by some insect or snake, stay calm. If you’ll be far from civilization, it isn’t a bad idea to carry a compression bandage – if bitten, you can slow the spread of the venom by firmly wrapping the bitten area, but make sure the bandage doesn’t cut off circulation to the limb.
4. Live like the locals
Interact with locals and take locals tips, they know the area best. Try to take one local guide with you if possible. Try their local food, dress and drinks ;). This will change the whole experience of your camping. You might end up checking out places which are unexplored and beautiful.
5. Keep faith – There are tons of people out there living in tents in the roughest of terrains, so instead of thinking “I won’t be able to do it” say “Lets do it and see what it is like”!