5 basic tips for those who never tried camping
Tips | 14.05.2020
Although we are already starting to get used to a new lifestyle, the world will still return to reality, and travelling will be available again. For the first time, it is better to choose distant, relatively desolate regions for trips. Camping fits these criteria. For those who have never tried camping, we have put together five basic tips for preparation. .
1. Be responsible to equipment and gear
The first and main mistake of many beginners is equipment. Accustomed to walking in jeans and sneakers with soft soles, people often do not see the difference why it is worth changing their usual clothes to hiking clothes.

Tracking shoes, for example, support the ankle, ventilate the foot well and prevent slipping on wet surfaces, and city sneakers will not stand the test of rain during a hike. A light special jacket will protect against the wind better than a city park, a thin down jacket will warm better than your favorite knitted sweater, and in order not to get dressed up in a hundred clothes at night, you should buy thermal underwear. In case it rains, it's also worth taking a raincoat. There are many variations: from long raincoats that look more like raincoats-ponchos to thin ones folded in a small bag. If you are ready to invest, then it is better to immediately buy a good windproof jacket with a Gore-Tex membrane, which will protect against moisture.
2. Prepare the first aid kit
There are different and unexpected situations during hiking. If you are used to traveling only with amenities and mainly in cities, the body can behave differently in a new environment. In addition to the mandatory items: bandages (elastic and non-sterile), painkillers, antibacterial wipes, hydrogen peroxide and adhesive plasters, it is definitely worth putting a poisoning agent, antiseptic and a cure for burns. In a summer trip, sunscreen, repellent and cream after insect bites will definitely come in handy. If you go camping together with a small tourist group, then check with the guide if there is a group first-aid kit and what is inside. Anyway, it is also worth having a personal one, in order to rest assured.

On long trips, a thermometer and tweezers can come in handy to pull out a splinter or insect sting after a bite. Nothing can happen on a trip, and apart from antiseptics, nothing will be needed. But it's better to be prepared so that the adventure does not turn into an ordeal.
3. Do a test outing
If you never went on camping at all, then a short trip near the city, as a rehearsal for the upcoming camping trip, is an excellent way. For example, you can try out equipment, learn to put up a tent, try to cook on a gas burner or a bonfire, test your sleeping bag and much more.

The feeling that you are very close to home, you have good communications, and you can return at any moment will reduce stress and help you to master several basic hiking skills in a calm mode. We advise you to make a list of skills that you want and can master in a short trip. Learning in field conditions is interesting, but more difficult. If you want to be prepared, better have a rehearsal. Perhaps you will even realize that you already know pretty much, but you'll spend time in nature once again.
4. Explore the area
It is important to understand where you are going camping. Not only the destination, the route and its complexity, but also the surrounding area. You should start with the weather, find out how it changes, and what you can expect. In stable climatic zones, everything will be predictable, but if you decide to start from more complex regions, for example, from Iceland or Kamchatka, then be ready for the weather changes several times a day. This will greatly affect the size of the backpack or the fullness of the car trunk.

Do not forget that you are in the wild and there are animals around. These are not necessarily dangerous animals, but knowing how to behave when meeting with representatives of the wild will definitely not hurt. If you decide to start with extreme sports and go on a hike to a place where there can be dangerous wild animals, then study their habits and take some means to scare them away: it can be false lights, ultrasonic repellers, pepper cylinders, etc.
5. Think over the provisions
The issue of provisions may seem straightforward, too, but in fact it's worthwhile to think through the menu by days, and even better by the number of meals. Regardless of whether you travel by car or on foot, you need to stock up precisely based on the number of people. During the trip, you should think about high-calorie snacks: nuts, dried fruits and protein bars are suitable. For full meals, you should determine how much time you are willing to spend on preparing breakfast or dinner. Some hikers choose to eat only canned food, and others takes food with them in cooler bags and cook porridge and pasta on the burner.

Think about water. For hiking, you can take a small 0.5L thermos bottle, which you can easily fill and keep at hand. It is also good to have a 1.5L bottle, which will become a personal supply of water. If you go by car, you can take a few 5L bottles, for hiking in this case a folding canister will be helpful.

On a test trip or even at home, you can try to approach the traveling conditions and try to calculate how long it takes to prepare certain dishes, and what kind of food you are ready to eat on the trip for several days in a row, and which not. Make the menu in advance, this will help to calculate in detail the number of products that you need to buy for the trip.
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