Last Updated on 15th June 2022
Going for a camping trip can be incredibly rewarding. But it can also be potentially disastrous, if you haven’t taken the right preparatory steps, and packed the right equipment. Let’s take a look at four things you absolutely must remember if your camping trip is going to go off without a hitch.
If you’re travelling at certain times of year, then insects are going to be an ever-present hazard. You can handle them by stoking a campfire, keeping the tent zipped up and by steering clear of bodies of standing water where midges will tend to congregate. But having a spray bottle of insect repellent is probably the easiest way to give yourself complete protection. Bear in mind that some people, especially children, might suffer an adverse reaction to the stuff – so you might look into natural alternatives.
When you’re out in the wilderness, it’s essential that you’re able to stay hydrated. That means plenty of water. But bear in mind also that you’re camping for pleasure, and that taking along a supply of alcohol might be worthwhile. Don’t skimp on quality, and make sure that you’ve got a chiller box to keep everything nice and cold. High-quality craft IPAs, and wines to match whatever food you’re taking, are sure to fit the bill nicely.
When you’re on a camping trip, you don’t want to have to sit on the floor. You’ll be uncomfortable, and you’ll end up straining your back from trying to sit up to participate in the campfire conversation. The UK offers some great views for would-be stargazers, and the right reclining chair will provide exactly the comfort you need to enjoy a view of the night sky.
You don’t want to be relying on cold foods. So unless you are staying in a fully equipped caravan, bring along a stove and a suitable supply of fuel. Make sure that you not only have the stove, but the practice to get the best from it. Bear in mind that the heat might not be what you’re used to from your home oven. If you’re cooking white meats, then make sure that you double-check you’ve cooked them all the way through. There’s nothing more likely to ruin a camping trip than a bout of salmonella.
A quality camping stove is an investment that’s more than worthwhile, especially if you’re planning on taking multiple camping trips – so pick out a good one.