Are you planning an exciting camping trip? Are you prepared for some camping basics? Though camping is a relatively straightforward prospect, it is important to learn as much as you can in advance. Keep reading for some helpful tips.



When camping, be sure to locate a shelter before dark. Once it is dark in the woods, pitching a tent can be next to impossible, finding firewood can be difficult and preparing food hard. This is even more true if you're accustomed to city life, and your eyes haven't adjusted to the darkness of the woods. Avoid these circumstances by finding the right shelter while it is still light.

Choose a sleeping bag that is seasonally appropriate. You are going to roast all night long in a sleeping bag designed for cold weather that you camp with during summer. On the other hand, bringing a lightweight sleeping bap for a winter trip can make you really uncomfortable the entire trip. You may even develop hypothermia.

When you buy a new tent, set it up completely at home before you take it camping. Doing this will allow to know ahead of time that all parts you need are there, and it will also help you learn the proper setup of your tent ahead of time. You don't want to waste time at your destination, so this will make you well prepared.

Review the medical coverage that you have. If you go camping out of state, you may need to have coverage where you go. This is especially true if you are traveling out of the country. Always be prepared.

Pack a first aid kit. Pack an emergency kit that contains basic first aid supplies as well as anything needed for the specific location in which you are camping. Items that will help with possible snake bites or a sling in case of sprains or breaks is a good idea, too.





Bring oranges with you since they are great for snacking and repelling insects. Enjoy the oranges and then rub the inside of the peel on any exposed skin to keep insects at bay.