Essential Camping Dos and Don’ts for Outdoor Explorers

While sleeping under the stars may sound like an exciting adventure waiting to happen, it pays to know the importance of camping dos and don’ts to ensure a pleasant outdoor experience for everyone. This is one time you will, in all likelihood, have to do without your technology and make time for appreciating nature in all its magnificent glory, while being considerate to others at the same time. 

We did some research and gathered a few essential dos, and don’ts, for camping. Let’s take a closer look.

Camping Dos

1 – Think outside the box and search for campsite opportunities that are farther away from where other weekend escapists may venture. After all, isn’t the whole idea to discover your bit of paradise, allowing you to fully escape being surrounded by others (and the smells of a pit toilet)? Take a look at the National Forests guide and discover a variety of magical campsite opportunities.

2 – Plan your itinerary. It may be your first camping trip, which will likely require plenty of gear. Take all the time you need beforehand to get used to your equipment and camping tools. If you must, sleep in your sleeping bag at home! Pitch your tent in the backyard and check your food and water supplies while ensuring that your pocket knife is sharp enough. The point is that you don’t feel totally  out of your element after neglecting to go over your camping dos and don’ts before heading out. 

3 – Be mindful of your environment and other campers. Have a plan for how you’re going to deal with your waste by bringing along a biodegradable trash bag to bury your waste. If the National Park Board allows pets, then be sure to pack enough pet food, a collapsible water bowl, a harness, and a leash. 

4 – Read up on the camping site you plan to visit, as you’ll need to know your surroundings. This way, you will get a good idea of what to expect. (For example, do not fool yourself into thinking that you are only facing a harmless badger. They can cause a lot of trouble if you do not treat them right.) Educate yourself on food safety to minimize animal encounters. Some sites have bear lockers where you can store your food. 

5 – Speak to expert campers who are already aware of the tips and tricks to know for finding the best camping spots, safer hiking trails, and secluded fishing spots. They are often more than happy to share what they know. 

Camping Don’ts 

1 – Do not neglect to clean up after you’ve enjoyed a meal, and leave litter where it belongs. It is a case of being considerate to other campers and not attracting wildlife to your camping site. Dispose of any garbage away from the campsite. 

2 – This is a biggie: Do not do your business close to a water supply. Instead, you should dig a hole away from the camping spot. We should regard others and be respectful to Mother Nature. 

3 – Do not forget to bring along matchboxes, extra batteries, headlights, a mosquito repellent, good quality camping knife, and solid rainproof clothing. You never know when you’ll need these camping essentials. 

As a last thought for those of you who love to get in a shareable Instagram photo or two, please be mindful of your environment while doing so. Do not set up camp where your planned activities are not permitted. Most of all, show consideration to sensitive vegetation and do not vandalize trees or rocks.

The bottom line is to be respectful of nature and fellow campers and leave things the way you found them to ensure a pleasant outdoor experience for all.

Resources—Perkin, We Are Explorers, Travel Channel, National Forest Foundation

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