So, you’re ready to pack up and head out camping over the next holiday weekend – might even me on property you purchased from Potlatch. Awesome. Did you see the Tips for First Time Campers we shared last week? Be sure to add that as a must-read in addition to the these:
- Make sure you have plenty of clean water. Unless you have access to clean tap water or a spring you know is safe to drink from, you should carry bottled water with you.
- Pack the bare essentials for mealtime. No need to haul in warehouse-size food supplies. Plan your menus ahead of time and pack just enough for each meal. Bring a saucepan and pot, BBQ grill grate, disposable utensils and dishes, paper towels and plenty of trash bags.
- Minimize your footprint. Bury solid human waste 6 to 8 eight inches below the surface of the ground. Take baths and wash dishes 200 feet away from streams and lakes, as well. Keep campfires small. Keep your distance from wildlife, and don’t feed the animals.
- Take a map, compass and GPS device. Even if you think you know the area well, it’s easy to get turned around in the woods.
- Practice good hygiene. Use hand sanitizer before eating and after using the restroom. Use a sponge, a bowl of water and biodegradable soap to take daily sponge baths. Brush your teeth using purified water with toothpaste or baking soda. Your feet can get pretty grimy, so take advantage of moments near a stream to take off your shoes and soak your feet in the water for a few minutes. Steer clear of colognes and scented lotions because they attract bugs.
And, be sure to use this handy Camping Essentials Checklist:
- Tent (poles, ground stakes, ground cloth, hammer for ground stakes)
- Sleeping bag, blanket, pillow
- Sleeping pad or mattress
- Toiletries (soap, tooth brush, paste, wash cloth, towel)
- Camp stove and fuel
- Cooking supplies (pots, pans, spatula, large spoons, matches, plastic table cloth)
- Mess kit (spoon, knife, bowl, cup, plate) OR paper plates and plastic utensils
- Cleanup kit (plastic tub, sponge, soap, cleaning pads, paper towels, trash bags)
- Cooler with ice and/or “blue ice”
- Charcoal and starter fluid
- Clothing for the season
- Drinking water
- First Aid kit
- Insect repellant
- Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
- Firewood, fire starting materials, matches, newspaper
- Camping lantern
- Flashlight with extra batteries
Taking time now to prepare for your camping adventure will ensure a successful outing and will maximize your enjoyment of your Potlatch property in the future.