Camping Tips From REI Co-Op Members and Staff

Camping tips

Camping is a great way to connect with nature and recharge your batteries. It can also be a wonderful way to spend time with your loved ones and enjoy nature at its finest. But it can also be a little stressful if you don’t know what you’re doing, or aren’t prepared. That’s why REI Co-op Members and staffers have compiled their best camping tips to help you out next time you head for the outdoors.

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1. Be Prepared for Rain

When choosing a campsite, it’s important to consider the weather. This is especially true when planning a summer trip. If you are going to be in an area with a lot of rain, it’s best to pick a place that offers good drainage. Alternatively, choose a site with a canopy to provide some shelter from the weather.

2. Pack your gear properly

Before you leave on a camping trip, make sure that all the things you need are packed and ready to go. This will make it much easier to carry everything when you get there. It’s also a good idea to practice setting up your tent before you go to make sure it works the way you want it to, and you don’t have any problems.

3. Bring a First Aid kit

Whether you’re travelling for a long weekend or a full week, it’s always a good idea to have a First Aid kit with you on any camping trip. It will contain all the basic supplies that you might need for a minor injury, including band-aids, gauze, and painkillers.

4. Avoid animal bites

There are lots of different kinds of wildlife, and they can be very dangerous if you’re not careful. Some species are extremely aggressive and can be difficult to escape, so it’s a good idea to take extra care when you’re out camping.

5. Don’t feed wildlife

Kangaroos, emus, possums and other wild animals can be very hungry, so it’s a good idea not to give them any food. This will keep them away from your campsite and avoid you having to spend a lot of time cleaning up.

6. Be safe around fires

When you’re camping, it’s easy to get carried away and start a fire. It can be fun to burn things like sticks, but be careful and don’t poke or throw anything into the fire.

7. Stay clean

One of the most common mistakes people make when camping is to not keep their gear and personal items clean. This can lead to a lot of germs being spread around the camp and it can even affect your sleeping experience.

8. Pack a sleeping bag that will fit you correctly

There’s no point in packing a sleeping bag that doesn’t fit, so be sure to test it before your trip. You’ll also need to ensure it fits comfortably and isn’t too bulky.

There are many different types of sleeping bags to suit a range of needs and budgets. If you’re looking for a cheap option, synthetic fluff is the way to go, but if you’re looking for something that will keep you warm and comfortable, you should consider getting a down sleeping bag. These bags will cost more, but they will generally be warmer than synthetic versions.

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