4 Camping Tips for Everyone to Know
Touring the Philippines is a dream that both locals and foreigners share. There are endless locations to visit in the country, and Romblon beach resorts are a must on any traveler’s list who wish to enjoy all that the country has to offer – especially when it comes to pristine white beaches and living, diverse rainforests.
Of course, one of the best ways to experience the outdoors is by camping. While glamping remains an equally viable option, there will always be people who prefer the embrace of the outdoors. It’s not as easy as it sounds, though. Outdoor camping requires a lot of planning, preparation, and information.
For those who are just starting out, here are some tips to help you hit the ground running:
Know about your destination
It’s but a Google search away. With the easy availability of modern technology, the internet nowadays can give aspiring campers all the information they need about wherever they may want to camp out. Research the local flora and fauna; know which ones are dangerous and which ones are okay to approach. In addition, it’s also good practice to read about the experiences of people who have been there beforehand in order to be able to prepare better.
You can also use online communities to get in touch with fellow travelers or well-versed locals for the best directions on other notable spots, where to get the best food, and what activities you can take part in during the day.
Prepare your equipment
It should go without saying, but preparing your camp equipment should be done days in advance in order to ensure that it’s complete and well-accounted for. Do not cram this task as it is the most vital – imagine going out into the wilderness only to find that you’ve left all your matches back home.
Make sure to bring all of the following for a smooth camping trip:
- A waterproof tent. Find out how many you are in your party and use an appropriately sized tent. Nobody wants to sleep in a cramped space, after all.
- Lighting. This can come in many forms. Headlamps, handheld flashlights, LEDs; all of them will help. Avoid relying on only a campfire for lighting as it usually never burns bright enough to illuminate the whole camp.
- A shovel. This will come in handy when it’s time to dig holes, arrange your embers, or set up your tent pegs. Basically, it’s an all – around tool meant to help clear away the obstacles of the outdoors.
- A first aid kit. Insect repellent, a variety of bandages, alcohol, and other emergency items should be on hand at all times. No matter the beauty of the outdoors, it is still wise to remember that the wilderness will not tame itself at the sight of some campers.
- Self-inflating mattresses or sleeping bags are god enough. Just be sure to find one that fits you and the environment you plan on going to.
- A portable fridge. Unless there’s a local source of clean food where you’re camping, it would be best to bring some along with you in a portable fridge. Not only will it keep the food fresher, but it will also prevent other organisms (such as flies, insects, bacteria, etc.) from festering in your dinner.
Time it well
Conduct your trips in such a way that the outdoors are sure to be favorable then. Check weather reports and only camp in the appropriate season. Fall is usually the top choice. For those in tropical countries such as the Philippines, summer is the time to go.
Also, when on the trip, make sure not to arrive too late at your destination as you will need hours to set up. Give yourselves enough time before dusk to be able to properly fix your outdoor equipment.
Set up a camp fire
One of the oldest traditions in camping is having a fire in the far middle of the area. Make sure that it’s far enough – about 8 feet – from the closest tent, though, in order to avoid any possibility of a rogue fire.
It’s not purely cosmetic, either. A central fire will keep you warm, provide you with a medium for cooking, and will also light up the nearby area.
Firewood is needed to keep it alight. Luckily, it can be found almost anywhere – start by collecting twigs, then branches, then logs. You won’t need much – just enough to last the night.
Camping is an activity everyone can take part in, as long as they have adequate information and the right equipment. So, what are you waiting for? Try it for yourself today!
Alternatively, if you wish to enjoy the beauty of nature without having to sacrifice the luxuries of modern living, glamping is the definite way to go.