Helpful Tips For First Time Campers
Labor Day Camping — The Perfect Recipe for a Safe and Successful Weekend
2020 has been a year like no other!
After spending so much time inside — and with some of us realizing that we’ve taken the outdoors for granted — getting outside in the fresh air is very important, now perhaps more than ever.
With the Labor Day long weekend approaching, it’s a great opportunity to explore the great outdoors. And what better way to discover your own backyard than to camp?
As people head off into national parks, wooded areas, grasslands, and everything in between, a few camping tips can help you have a better time and leave the area as pristine as you found it, so others can enjoy the beautiful terrain we are lucky enough to call home.
Below is our humble recipe for a perfect camping weekend — for you, your family, and the country.
One cup of preparedness and planning ahead
There’s a reason the Boy Scouts’ motto is “always be prepared” — because out in nature, anything can happen. But chances are, if you’re out in a designated camping area, you won’t have to deal with as much uncertainty as spending a night in the Amazon rainforest.
A little bit of planning ahead can make all the difference in the world.
It can keep you from having a miserable night feeling like you’re about to freeze to death. And it can mitigate hoards of insects that otherwise spoil an incredible outing into nature.
You should also make sure you have enough water to keep you hydrated or a reliable water filtration unit. Many camping trips have been ruined by drinking contaminated water.
Two tablespoons of camping on durable surfaces
Two metaphorical tablespoons are ideal here: one for your campsite and one for the campfire.
You’ll be waking up happy in the morning if you select a nice, durable surface to set up your tent and sleeping gear.
Durable surfaces also help keep campsites clean and fires from raging out of control. Your whole crew will thank you at the end of the trip if you set up camp on a nice durable surface.
A quart of proper waste disposal
One of the most important aspects of camping is ensuring proper waste disposal. Having proper bags or receptacles to hike your trash off-site will keep the environment clean.
Burning trash is easy, but it’s not good for the lungs, the atmosphere, or the fire itself. Coming prepared with easy to transport bags to clean up just feels so much better — for the lungs and the soul.
16 ounces of being careful with fire
There’s nothing quite like sitting around a blazing campfire. Sipping on your favorite beverage, surrounded by friends and family, or lost in your own thoughts. But the best of times can quickly turn into the worst of times if you aren’t careful with fire.
Fire safety is no joke — no matter what age you are. Chances are you’ve probably seen or heard demonstration videos as a kid. Stop, drop, and roll, and “only you can prevent forest fires.”
Some things change, but others stay relevant forever.
The good news is that it doesn’t take away any of the fun to be careful with fire. In fact, it only adds to the enjoyment for you and those around you.
The Trailblazer & Pop-Up Pit make fantastic portable companions for enjoying a real wood campfire without having to worry about pesky smoke or overused in-ground fire rings/grills.
A healthy dose of respect wildlife
Seeing wildlife up close and personal is a great privilege. But even if you don’t see them, it’s important to treat them with respect by taking care of your campsite, watching out for them in your vehicle, and being mindful of their movements.
You don’t have to be a full-time vegan to respect wildlife — most serious hunters show the utmost respect towards animals they track and towards the entire ecosystem as a whole. Respecting wildlife allows them to enjoy their time in nature alongside you.
A teaspoon of consideration for other visitors
This is an essential part of the recipe because without it nobody would be able to enjoy camping in any campground in America.
You don’t have to be the leader of the campground patrol or do anything extraordinary to ensure other people get to enjoy their camping experience — all you have to do is treat your campsite the way you would want others to treat it.
Leaving your site the way you found it, being responsible for your own trash, keeping your fire from permanently altering the ground — these are all simple things that you can do to ensure others have a great time outdoors. And if they do the same, you’ll be able to enjoy your time more, too!
A full carton of leaving behind what you find
Finally, for the finishing touch on a perfectly crafted long weekend camp trip: Leave behind what you find at your campsite.
Think of it this way: take our everything that you bring in, but bring out nothing that you didn’t take in.
If everybody followed this part of the recipe, most camping trips would turn out like baked goods that followed the instructions to the letter.
When recipes are followed properly, the results tend to be very similar for whoever uses them.