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Tips

  • When choosing a tent, be careful not to rely on the industry standards such as “sleeps four”. To conservatively estimate the amount of people that can comfortably sleep in a tent, divide these estimates by three or four
  • Before leaving for a camping trip, be sure to check the weather report for the duration of your trip. Be aware of changes in weather patterns and attempt to keep sleeping bags and other important items dry
  • Precooked meat will last longer than raw meat. Meat frozen before the trip will last longer
  • Freeze a large plastic container of water in order to provide a steady supply of cold fresh water over an extended amount of time
  • Arrive early enough to ensure enough daylight to properly set up at the campsite
  • Campers are expected to adhere to a “leave no trace” practice, which involves disposing of waste, minimizing the impact of fires and avoiding unnecessarily altering a campsite
  • Be sure to respect established boundaries and not wander through another group’s campsite
  • Be respectful of your noise level and ensure your pets are properly maintained (usually a leash no longer than six feet). In addition, keep your pets away from swimming areas
  • Be sure to check into if the campsite has designated quiet hours
  • Expect an increase in insects when camping next to still water
  • When using soap and toothpaste, dispose of wastewater at least 200 feet from natural water sources
  • Camping with the entire family can be an enjoyable experience; however camping with younger children can prove to be a trying experience. Try “camping out” in your backyard first, in order to gauge how your children will react to the challenge of setting up a tent, hearing the sounds of the night, and spending the night in a sleeping bag
  • Minimize the risk of encountering ticks and other poisonous animals by staying on trails
  • Establish a meeting point if your group gets separated
  • Be sure to keep fires an adequate distance away from your tent. Be sure all fires are properly attended and when you are finished be sure to drown out a fire with an adequate amount of water
  • Poison ivy is a three-leafed plant that grows out of the ground and can also be found on trees and rocks. If you believe you have come in contact with the plant, immediately wash the exposed skin with soap and water. In addition, avoid further contact with contaminated clothes until they have been washed.
  • Establish a menu and checklist of ingredients before your trip to ensure you have everything you need
  • Be sure to use good hygiene after using the toilet or handling meat to avoid spreading germs

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