About to head out on a camping adventure? Below are three mistakes you really do not want to make when out and about in the wilderness – especially as a newbie camper!
Believing everything will be fun – to start with, a common misconception that many beginners to camping have is the belief that the entire camping experience will be fun and enjoyable. Of course, this is not to say that some people actually do enjoy the entire experience (and of course, neither to say that when reminiscing, this won’t be one of the most delightful memories). However, camping comes with its own share of discomforts and troubles, which will become obvious only once you begin camping. From your new work shoes getting drenched in mud to being unable to start up your campfire, there are so many problems that could dampen your spirits. You might end up feeling disappointed, and in the end, your high expectations can betray you and make you feel like you should not have come camping. What is important is to aware that mishaps can easily take place during camping – and to accept them as they are. Not everything will be fun, but the overall experience will be!
Not testing out your survival equipment – when buying out new equipment or devices like the companion camping stove, there is a tendency to not want to even test the item out before its first use. This kind of attitude can easily put you into trouble when you go out camping. The reason is simple: even if you believe a certain item is easy to use, when the time comes to use it, you can easily find yourself fumbling about. And taking out the instruction manual at the campsite is not the wisest thing to do – for one, it lets every other camper know that you are a total beginner, two, there is always the chance of the manual getting lost somehow, and three, the item in question might be broken somehow. Instead, make it a point to always test out every item at home, so that you know it is in working condition, and that you know how to use it.
Not doing your research – and of course, do not forget that research is yet another very important aspect of camping. Whilst there is a romantic aspect to do everything on a whim, it is not very recommended – especially if you are planning to camp with children or the elderly. Make it a point to thoroughly research the campsite you will be staying in: what facilities and features do they provide? Do they charge for the use of the campsite? Is there a specific season where the site will be particularly crowded? Can you reserve a spot? There are so many points to look at.