Camping as an activity can be great fun and when combined with additional outdoor activities can be a fantastic holiday experience. That said without the right gear and a bit of forward planning a camping trip can quickly become a harrowing experience.
Here we have a few tips on camping that will hopefully help guarantee a great camping experience.
Always try to choose a camping spot that is in harmony with the weather or anticipated weather. If a North wind is forecast try to find a location with some barrier (trees, rocks or campsite buildings) on the North side of your site. If no barrier is available you may need to re-enforce your pegs and guy lines on the North facing side of your tent.
If overnight rain is forecast a good covering of trees can offer some respite from the noise on the tent. Beware of large native trees that tend to gather rain and create larger noisier droplets and sap that will ruin the tent.
A real luxury is a tarp suspended above the tent in rain or wind. This can keep your tent dryer and a place to pack your gear if the weather is still not great when uprooting your camp.
I have pitched a tent on the side of a Scottish mountain many years ago and woke in the middle of a stream running down the mountain. Check the ground you are pitching on for traces of past water flow or puddling if heavy rain is forecast.
A nice flat surface to pitch your tent is recommended. This can be challenging even on official campsites but sleeping when rolling of your mattress or slowly sinking into the wall of your tent is a pain.
Remember the insect repellent especially in Spring and Autumn when they the midges are most hungry. A mosquito net is useful as well or as an alternative. If there is high midge or mosquito activity keep the tent zipped up until you are ready to bed down. Ideally zip up the tent before any lights are turned on to avoid attracting the little beauties.
Some level of sun factor or block would be recommended in your camping kit. Even on overcast days there is still a risk of UV if you are outside for extended periods.
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