Camping is the best, fun and relatively low cost way of experiencing British Columbia – or so they tell me. Camping is one of the best ways for families, friends, and even relatives to spend great moment together – they try to tell this city girl who would rather be drinking a cup of tea on her deck. However, there are some things that you must plan prior to camping day. As a beginner like me, you should take the following into proper consideration before embarking on a journey to your camping site.
A Tent? I’d Rather Have an RV!
A camping tent is the first thing you should have before anything if you are going to “rough-it”. They are available in different sizes and shapes to cater for everyone’s needs. The most common types of tents you can find out there are domes and canvas. Before leaving, make sure that your tent has all vital parts by simply setting it up. It is also recommended to make sure the tent is completely dry before packing it and keep it in a dry area to avoid possible mildew odor and damage. You don’t want to sleep in a stinky tent.
At the camp site, do not set up your tents close to a campfire place. Tents should set up relatively far from where even the sparks from the campfire would not reach them. Also, consider the weather and if possible, set your tents under trees, especially in windy conditions to prevent them from being blown away.
Of Sleeping Bags and Flash Lights
In addition to your tent, you would need something to sleep in and on like a mat and a sleeping bag. When looking for the right sleeping bag or mat, always make sure look for one that is rated for the current temperature and weather conditions of the area you will set up your camping site. You will also need a flash light, especially at night. It will help you move around and also do other things while in the camp (like going to the bathroom in the middle of the night).
First Aid Kit? I Thought This Was Safe
Another most important item you should never forget to carry is a first aid kit. There are a lot of activities you can be involved in while camping that may result in injuries. Additionally, most BC camping sites are set up in a forest or mountains; in these areas, it is possible to get injured by just about anything (does not sound like fun, but whatever). So it is important to come with a first aid kit. You also pack other safety items such as poncho for the inevitable BC rain, rope, flares if you get lost, and even life jackets that you will need to use in various camping activities.
Chairs and Tables Are Better Than Dirt
You might also carry some folding chairs and a table to use around the camping site. They will be much more comfortable to sit on a chair than just to sit on the ground. As a family or friends, eating together around the table in a campsite is really fun and exciting.
Different climates need different clothing as well. In that regard, there are a variety of clothing designed for different camping adventures and climates. For example, there are ski jackets and long underwear for camping.
In a nutshell, since you are a novice to camping like me, it is important to have someone who has already done it before to help you plan and pack for your trip. It can be a real disappointment to find out that you forgot to carry one of the most important and necessary items for your camping experience.
I’m being dragged to http://bc.eagleislandresort.ca/ and still hoping I can convince them to rent an RV or a cabin. I’m really not the type of girl who wants to be sleeping in a sleeping bag and tent in the middle of nowhere.