I love camping, hiking and exploring in the great outdoors. Below is a list I have compiled together of what I have found to be incredibly useful when you’re temporarily staying with Mother Nature. She will work with you as long as you treat her right, so don’t work against her because she is bound to win.
Read my incredible outdoor camping tips which I think you’ll find very useful for your next camping trip.
#1 – Staying Loud Will Keep The Bears Away
Just like humans, bears want to avoid contact with us!
Staying safe in the outdoors is a crucial task. Avoid potential bear encounters in the first place by singing, talking loud or clapping which will alert bears that you are in the area and they will go in the opposite direction.
Even if you’re alone there’s nothing wrong with keeping yourself company by talking to yourself.
#2 – Your Tent Is Your Best Friend
Your tent will soon become your best friend as soon as you find out how important it becomes, when the chilly nights kick in you’ll be snuggling up inside your sleeping bag trying to get warm, without knowing how to stay well heated you’re going to have a very bad experience.
Avoid a COLD night by learning how to keep your tent warm!
#3 – The Campfire Get-Together
What’s the point of going on a camping trip without gathering around the campfire drinking beer and having a jolly good time? Make the most of this opportunity by bringing along a guitar or other musical instrument to play and sing.
Make sure you play the guitar after you have told some awesome ghost/horror stories, so brush up on your ghost stories before you head out there, be the one that makes everyone scared (haha).
#4 – Organization Is Key
Just like at home or in the office, your organizing skills better be ‘on point’ if you want to easily camp with less stress and more having fun in the wilderness.
I find the most tedious task is getting dinner ready for the family, which is why I have put together a list of easy camping meal ideas ==> Check it out.
#5 – Be More Wary In The Wilderness
Stay safe and don’t try to be the ‘hero’ that rushes up in front of everyone leaving them in a dust to try and show off, leaving your crew will give them more of a chance to encounter a predator.
The easiest way to fight off dangerous wildlife is in numbers, so stay close, be loud, talk to each other and most of all have fun.
#6 – Leave Without A Trace
There’s enough people destroying nature as it is (loggers, cities/towns). So don’t be one that contributes to this.
If you make a shelter, bust it down when you leave. It’s okay to use natural materials to use for your camping trip.
Number 1 Rule Of Nature – DON’T TAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED.
#7 – Roll Your Clothes
Like I said, organization is key to having a near-perfect camping trip. Before you pack your clothes roll them up so you have more room in your bag for other items such as knife, flashlight, rope, first aid kit.
#8 – Plan Ahead
What will you and your crew do if you encounter a bear attack? Exactly, you don’t really know do you. So plan out what you will do exactly if you come across predatory animals that want to eat you for dinner.
I found the best article that explains different defense tactics for different bears – I highly suggest you check it out.
Number 1 rule for encountering predators – Don’t run!
In the wilderness, when animals run from other animals this brings on a CHASE. You can stop animals from chasing you all together by not running.
Stand tall with your legs slightly wider than usual giving the appearance that you’re bigger than they think. It all depends on why they’re taunting you for though, so it’s not always good to look like you’re a threat if the mama bear just wants you away from her cubs, compared to a hungry black bear that actually wants to eat you.
It’s crucial to know why the bear is stamping his paws and roaring at you, there’s a lot of helpful tips in that article so I recommend you check it out.
#9 – Keeping Dirt/Mud Out
It’s a good idea to keep your tent or RV as clean as possible. Keep an area rug at the front of your tent door to take off dirty clothes and boots.
Another simple ‘hack’ for RV owners – Have 2 pairs of shoes/boots, 1 pair for outdoor exploring, and 1 for walking around in the RV. This way no forest duff, dust and dirt can make it into the RV.
#10 – Push The Boundaries
Last but not least, know how to, and when to push the boundaries.
Go off-track (the one that everyone else uses), this is where all the best stuff is to explore, of course there’s no need to abandon safety precautions – you should always be keeping safe.
However you can still stay safe and push yourself to the limit! Create memories for yourself so when you’re old and stiff you can say you found a secret enchanted river by not following the rules, or you found an undiscovered beach with your best friend and claimed it as your own.
The best memories are the ones you create for yourself. Working 9-5 everyday, going home and sitting down the rest of the night is NOT LIVING. I call that autopilot, what will you say when you’re sitting on your death bed? “I wish I went out more and explored more”.
So do just that and make some unforgettable memories that you will be proud of for life.
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