If you can’t wait to pitch a tent in your private piece of the great outdoors, here are a few tips to ensure your maiden camping trip is enjoyable.
- Get the lay of the land before pitching your tent. Scout your property for a level piece of ground, free from rocks, holes and debris. If a river, stream or creek runs through your land, will you want to use it for rinsing cookware, fishing or floating? If so find a spot nearby that’s not too marshy or damp.
- Try pitching your tent in your backyard at home before taking it out to your property. A few practice pitches saves a lot of time when you’re finally in the woods.
- Choose the right kind of sleeping bag. A lightweight one will do in the summer months, but as the seasons change you might want a bag with a lower temperature rating.
- Bring a sleeping pad for added comfort. Kids may do fine with a sleeping bag on bare ground, but most grown-ups appreciate some additional padding.
- Check out the condition of access roads and make sure you have plenty of room to make camp if you choose to bring a camper or RV onto your property,
- Dress for the weather and pack a rain poncho even if the forecast is for sunny skies. A sudden downpour can dampen camping fun.
We’ll share more tips with you next week. And if you have any tips or photos of your summer camping to share with us, we’d love to hear from you – reply here or email us!