Travel Talk: Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Camping Trip

July 11, 2017


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. All photos are from Pixabay.

Despite all the technical advancements we’ve made in entertainment, camping still remains extremely popular. Camping remains strong because it’s one of the best ways to break away from reality. But a lot of people make some strange mistakes when they go camping! Make sure you’re not making them yourself. 

Underestimating fire

Does the camping site you’re visiting already have designated areas for fires? These will generally come in the form of a fire pit or a fire ring. Most national parks will have some, and these are the places that most people go camping. You can read more about them at ReserveAmerica.com. Many people prefer to go a little bit farther off the map, away from the mainstream visitors of big parks. 

Make sure the fire is never left unattended. And don’t let it grow to some massive size! It must be a rush to get a massive fire going, but you should always keep it manageable. The best thing to do is to simply let it burn out. But if you need to extinguish it, pour lots of water on it until the hissing stops. Ideally, everything should be cool to the touch when you’re done.



Buying low-quality camping supplies

Here’s a weird thing that people who want to go camping often get into their heads. Because camping is seen as a “return to nature”, people often want to spend as little as possible on the equipment they bring with them. Cheaper equipment means that the equipment is more “basic”. And there seems to be a certain level of pride to be earned by taking on the wilderness with such basic equipment. 

But low-quality equipment is likely to fall apart or simply not work just when you need it. Poor tents and pegs, for example, might not stick into the ground as well as they should. Bad tarp can rip easily and start letting in water. You want good quality stuff, especially if you’re getting a big tent for several people. You can read more about this at TentsAndCampGear.com

You should also pay attention to the quality of the tools you bring. Cheap portable stoves, for example, may not start a cooking fire when you need it to. Make sure you’re looking for high-quality stuff. 

Completely ignoring technology

Relying too much on modern technology is often listed as a camping mistake. And it is; you will definitely need to get used to going without your smartphone or laptop for long stretches. Time.com has some useful tips regarding gadget use when camping. Don’t leave a physical map or a flashlight at home just because you have apps on your phone that do those jobs! Your smartphone may not have the signal you need out there after all!

But this doesn’t mean you should just leave all your tech at home. At the end of the day, this stuff can help you communicate with the outside world. And if you do find a signal, you’ll never know when the Internet could come in handy. So stock up on some spare batteries and bring your smartphone with you, at least.




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