07 Jan Do’s and Don’ts of Camping
Camping is an adventure to look forward to. Have you gone camping before or are you planning to go camping? Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Camping.
Do’s And Don’ts of Camping
I know what you are thinking. Camping is a new adventure activity in Nigeria, but it is fast gaining ground, and everyone is going into it. Camping simply means spending a night or more than one night outside and reconnecting with nature. Camping can be very dangerous when it holds in an unsafe location and if you don’t know the basics of camping. But don’t you worry, because, in this article, we will be discussing the do’s and don’ts of camping, especially in Nigeria.
Before we go deeper into what you should do and what you should not do when camping, we feel obligated to tell you that camping has a lot of benefits. Some of them include –
- relieving stress
- increasing physical fitness
- connecting with nature
- learning new things and
- acquiring new skills
If you are a family person looking for an interesting way to bond with your children during the holiday season, we advise you to go camping. Nevertheless, we will take the process of camping step by step.
Do’s of Camping
1. Set Up Your Tent Before Sundown
It will be extremely difficult to set up a tent when the sun is down, and it becomes difficult to see. That is why it is mostly advisable to set up your tent immediately after arriving at your campground. This doesn’t mean that you can’t explore the place. After setting up your tent, you can then go around the environment to explore and even bird watch.
2. Comply With All The Instructions
A campsite is not a place for you to showcase your superiority. Most camping grounds have arrangements for visitors, which can include fishing or boat riding. Even if you are an expert in these fields, it is still advisable that you follow the instructions given by the campsite instructor closely.
3. Pack All Your Camping Essentials
It is important to pack everything you will need for your camping experience, and this is not dependent on the number of days you wish to spend outside. It is always best to make a list of the things you will need for the camp experience. This way, you won’t leave out anything. You can choose some of these items to place on your list.
- Sleeping bags and pads
- Camping pillow – for example- a throw pillow
- Headlamps or flashlights (with extra batteries), lantern (rechargeable or kerosene needed)
- Camp mug /cup
- Drinkable water
- Non-perishable food
If you wish to stay for a night or two, you will need
- Kitchen utensils
- A stove and fuel
- Matchboxes or lighters
- A sharp knife
- A cutting board
- A cooler, ice, or ice substitutes
- Water bottles
- Camp sink or wash bins
- Trash/recycling bags.
Your personal needs items include –
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitiser
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toiletry kit
- Quick-dry towel
- Prescription medications and first-aid kits or first-aid supplies
- Sun and bug protection
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, or face cap
- Lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Urinary products
- Sanitation trowel (if no toilets)
- Baby wipes
- Eyeshades and earplugs
- Portable camp shower
- Credit card and/or cash
- ID and mobile phone
- Power banks (extra power source)
Remember to pack light for your trip. This will enable you to be able to go mountain climbing.
Don’ts Of Camping
1. Do Not Wear 100% Cotton Clothes
This is because once this material gets wet, it stays damp for a while. So even though this cloth will keep you warm, it can also make you very uncomfortable and even make you catch a cold.
2. Do Not Leave Trash Lying Around
We need to take care of our environment, so it doesn’t matter where your campsite is, do not leave trash lying around.
3. Do Not Play The Naivety Card
You may not know where you are going. It is advisable to know where you are going so that you can stay prepared. You can come up with solutions to problems that may arise during your camping experience. Never leave your house without proper preparation.
4. Do Not Argue With Your Camp Buddies
Petty arguments can easily ruin your camp experience, especially if you are camping with people you disagree with. So, when you want to camp, ensure that you are on good terms with your camp buddies and friends to get the best experience.