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Preparing for Things That Go Bump in the Night—and Other Camping Tips

June 23, 2015 |

Friends campingGoing on a camping trip can be a great reason to get away from the daily grind for a few days. There’s nothing like some time in nature to help you decompress and unwind. Whether you’re camping alone or with others, you’re sure to have some memorable experiences. It’s not called the “great outdoors” for nothing!

Here are a few things to consider while preparing for your trip:

Make a Checklist
One of the positives of camping is the feeling of “leaving it all behind.” But you don’t want to go so far as to actually leave behind something you need. How do you remember everything but not over-pack? Start with a checklist. You can create your own or do an Internet search to find checklists others have created. Print out your list and cross off each item as you pack it to be sure nothing is forgotten.

Tell Someone
Turning off the phone and leaving the iPad can be a wonderful feeling for those looking to “unplug.” Even if you are planning on having your phone available, there’s still a chance that your electronic device won’t be charged, could become damaged, or you’ll be in an area where there’s no signal. In case of an emergency where you need to reach others or others need to reach you, tell a trusted friend or family member exactly where and when you will be camping. It’s always a good idea to have an emergency plan, just in case.

Have Fun
Don’t let your camping trip become another chore. Be sure to plan some fun activities that you will do during your trip. Whether you plan to hike, play sports or games, or sit by the lake and read a book, remember to make these things a priority. After all, having fun and relaxing is why people go camping in the first place!

Take advantage of the warmer weather and start planning your camping trip. Get prepared, and then get out there and have a great time.



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