Christopher Abatangelo’s Camping Tips for Beginners
Ditch your cellphone and GPS. It’s time for a camping trip! If you’ve never been camping before, you may not know what to expect. While what to bring and what to do may vary depending on your desired destination, there are a few things you need to know no matter where you’re traveling. Here are some tips for beginner campers.
Always bring a flashlight. Even if you think your cellphone battery will hold out for a few days, pack some other form of lighting and extra batteries. The woods and even the beach can get unbelievably dark, especially if it’s a new moon. Having a bright beam can prevent you from twisting your ankle on the short trip from the bonfire to the tent.
Make sure your food is sealed tight and put away. You’re not the only one who enjoys an afternoon snack! Animals in the woods love a free meal and the easier you make it for them, the more likely they are to visit your campsite. Be sure that your trash is collected and stored in plastic bags. If you ate something that gives off a particularly potent smell, double bag the scraps. A rummaging raccoon is nothing to worry about but a bear is another issue entirely.
Don’t forget raingear. While weathermen across the world do their best to predict the future, they’re not always right. Even if the forecast calls for sunny skies for days, don’t leave home without a raincoat or poncho. Most tents have a laminated bottom but double check before starting off on your adventure. There is nothing worse than sleeping through a noisy rainstorm and waking up in a puddle. This is especially true if you are camping in cooler conditions.
Christopher Abatangelo loves camping, especially when he gets the opportunity to try someplace new with his friends. He and his buddies swear by these easy tips for a successful evening in the woods.