Camping is one of our favorite outdoors activities, because it allows us to enjoy and absorb the peaceful environment of nature. However, no matter how peaceful and relaxing nature can be, the wilderness also has an extremely harsh and unforgiving side, so you must always be prepared to handle all scenarios when adventuring into the depths of the wild.
The first thing to consider is to be fully prepared by gearing up. The trick is to make sure that you have all the essential equipment, while keeping your pack as light as possible, because nobody wants to be hauling massive amounts of gear around the wilderness for days. Some of the essential items to consider are: Tent equipment and sleeping bags, fire starting tools, canteens, food and cooking equipment, flashlights, rope, and an emergency survival tool kit.
When going out in the wild, also make sure to have an emergency contingency plan if things go terribly wrong, such as having a contact in civilization who must receive regular and daily communication from you, and if they don’t, they should assume that you are in danger. Also making sure to have a fully charged cell phone or satellite phone with you at all times is crucial. Another consideration is protection. You want to have some kind of protection against wild animals, which can be bear spray or even a firearm if necessary.
When setting up camp, make sure to find a place with level ground and a location near running water and ample firewood. Also remember to never leave food in the tent, as you don’t want wild animals invading the tent.
There are three components for building a fire, which are tinder, kindling and firewood. Tinder is used to start burning the fire, and you should lightly blow at the base of the fire to provide oxygen for it to intensify. Once the fire gets going, you can add kindling and firewood to really build it up. It is recommended to always pack some kind of fire starter. We recommend having at least a lighter, matches, and a waterproof version such as a solar fire starter, because if the other ones get wet, you can always rely on the waterproof one.
Camping is definitely a great outdoors experience that allows you to get away from the superficial problems of civilization and society. But like anything else, there are risks involved that must be fully accounted for. These risks can be mitigated with proper gear, a plan of attack, and a good awareness of surroundings.