Guest Post By Hannah Whittenly
Camping is a great way to bring your family together, but you need to spend a little extra time planning your trip if you want everything to go off without a hitch. No one should get caught out in the wilderness with the wrong supplies or inadequate clothing. Here are a few simple tips that will help you prepare for an unforgettable camping trip.
Invest in High-Quality Storage Bins
Heavy-duty storage containers can fill multiple roles while camping. In addition to keeping your supplies dry, they will also keep pests out of your gear. Once you arrive at your location, the storage containers can be used as extra seats when eating or small tables while you are preparing meals. When choosing bins, you should look for containers that are designed to be weatherproof.
Check the Weather History
Even if you are camping locally, you still need to spend a few minutes researching the weather history. Some areas are prone to flash floods, hailstorms, heat waves, and other types of extreme weather at various times throughout the year. Luckily, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has kept track of seasonal weather patterns for well over 200 years. You will be able to check the average temperature, precipitation, and humidity for the exact days you plan on camping.
Get Ready to Layer Your Clothes
When you are hiking, camping, or enjoying any other outdoor activities, you should always layer your clothes. Temperatures can rise and fall in the blink of an eye, and you need to be able to add or remove layers as necessary. Clothing such as pullover jackets and long sleeve performance shirts are perfect for areas that are relatively warm during the day and cold at night.
Bring More Snacks Than You Need
In the event of a minor mishap, you need to have plenty of food that doesn’t require cooking. No one wants to get stranded a few hours from a restaurant or store without any healthy snacks. Mixed nuts, dried fruits, and dried meats are all great options that will keep you and your family full. As a general rule, you want to stick to snacks that are high in fat and protein.
Camping can quickly turn into a frustrating experience if you don’t plan ahead. Doing a little bit of research and spending some extra time organizing your gear will reduce your risk of a major catastrophe that brings your trip to a grinding halt.
About the Author
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.
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