Today I will be talking about the camping do’s and don’ts.
Because too many people are going out in the wilderness to do whatever the hell they want and either getting themselves hurt or somebody else.
But with these do’s and don’ts, you will soon learn what you can and can not do.
If you care about having a successful trip, with everyone home safe and sound, then I know you’ll make the right decision and keep reading.
Do plan your trip thoroughly
Going out in the wilderness without a care in the world is going to get you in trouble, not just with yourself but with everyone around you.
Don’t believe me?
I’ve had countless trips go sour all because I didn’t plan how much food to bring, what gear I needed (or didn’t need) and where everyone was going to sleep.
Those are just a few mistakes campers make year after year. But let me tell you this, proper planning is needed if you want the best experience ever.
Do be aware at all times. Be aware of your surrounding areas. Know what’s around the corner from your campsite and where your camping buddies are at all times.
The last thing you want is your 7 y/o nephew wandering off in the woods or your son and his friend to fall down a bank somewhere.
ALWAYS watch your stepping. One major misstep and you can sprain your ankle, or even worse, break it.
Do bring more than you think you need. Like I said, be prepared and you will have the best time of your life. You don’t know if you will get lost, if you’ll decide to stay another night or if a bear’s going to raid your food stash.
Be a clever camper and take wet-weather gear, more food than you need, more blankets and pillows, and more clothes. Be sure to pack hiking clothes if your camping adventure sees some activity. You’ll thank me later!
Do take more than just pictures, take VIDEOS. Most people take pictures, but pictures are outdated if you ask me. A picture says 1000 words, so how much does a video say? Riddle me that.
I’m not saying take videos only because that will be silly. However, take lots of pictures and a few videos on each trip. They’re amazing to look back on later in life.
Do follow the campsite rules. Rules are in place for a reason. The saying “rules are made to be broken” doesn’t apply here guys, unless you want to end up in hospital of course.
They are there for YOUR safety and for each and everyone else staying at the campsite. If you break the rules, you may get yourself or somebody else hurt.
Do prepare yourself for the unexpected. The wilderness is an unexpected place. If you’re prepared for anything that comes your way you’ll be able to combat most if not all obstacles mother nature throws at you.
A first-aid kit is helpful and should always be taken on a camping trip, but creating a SURVIVAL kit and keeping it on you at all times is even better.
We don’t know if we will get lost or if a bear is going to attack us, however, we can definitely be ready for when it happens.
Do relax for the first day. It takes an incredibly long time to unpack and set up. The last thing you want to do is go for an explore, swim, or bike ride around the campsite.
Instead, relax in the sun and enjoy the peacefulness. Have something easy to cook so you’re not stressing out too much.
Do camp more than 2-3 days. It takes a half a day to unpack and setup then another half a day to pack everything into the car and tidy up the campsite.
That’s ONE WHOLE DAY of being busy! And when you’re pressed for time, you can’t do all the activities you had planned.
Do check the weather numerous times. Check the weather leading up to the date of your camping trip and everyday while on it. Even thunderstorms happen at the peak of summer. If you’re expecting heavy rain and wind, you need to know if your tent can withstand such conditions.
If it’s a cheap one, you’ll likely be out of luck. Low-priced tents don’t do well in the rain.
Don’t follow the status quo for the rest of your life. If you do what everyone else does, you will end up being like everyone else.
Don’t think you should go camping once a year because everyone else does. Go camping 2-3x a year. Heck, even try winter camping if you’re up for the challenge.
Without challenge, there is no progression.
Don’t leave campfires burning, ever. Period. Wildfires are deadly, scary, and a complete waste of resources for everyone trying to put it out.
And the worst part: it’s totally avoidable. If everyone put their campfire out before going to bed, these things wouldn’t happen.
Don’t pitch your tent wherever you please. Pitching your tent in a ditch to stay protected from side rain and wind might seem like a good idea now, but that can turn into a disaster when a flash flood hits during the night.
Stay away from widowmakers, ditches, low-lying valleys and rivers that may rise and wash your tent away.
Don’t be noisy neighbors. You don’t like noisy neighbors who party all night, do you? So why be “those people” as well.
Camping is better when you’re relaxing and not staying up all night partying for a hangover in a hot tent the next day!
Don’t leave your food scraps, spills and rubbish lying around. Bears will come searching for your food at night if they can smell it.
Even if you’re not in bearcountry, raccoons and other wild critters can be a nuisance. Know how to keep your food safe TODAY or face the consequences tomorrow.
Don’t make a new campsite. Please, for me and every other outdoorsman, do not make a new campsite.
There’s so many around already and it’s just easier to use what others have built.
All the work is already done for you and you gain the benefits of being in the environment WITHOUT destroying it!
Don’t take your dog unless it’s trained. An untrained dog in the wilderness is a disaster waiting to happen.
It is a nuisance to you and fellow camp goers, especially barking dogs.
When you take it hiking, it’s likely going to run off and hurt itself.
Want my honest advice? Train your dog before you even consider taking it on a camping trip.
Were these do’s and don’ts what you expected or did you think of something totally different?
Camping is difficult, there’s no two ways about it, but when you learn the ropes it is much easier.
When friends and family refuse to go on their first camping trip with me, I reassure them they don’t have to do anything.
Newbie campers don’t want to be scared off on their first trip so it is best to make it as fun and relaxing as possible.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a good time in the great outdoors.
Got a question or have something to say? Leave a comment below 🙂
10 thoughts on “16 Brutally Honest Camping Do’s and Don’ts”
Thank you for sharing this little step-by-step guide, It’s really important for me to plan ahead… I guess I’m not a spontaneous girl I thought I was 🙂
I just don’t like surprises… especially not bad ones lol
Thanks again for sharing, wonderful reading
Thanks for your kind comment. I’m glad that you found it helpful and learned something. Don’t be afraid to go on a camping trip at least once a year, it’s not as scary as everyone makes it out to be.
Thanks for info, Brandon. Really great stuff here. I’ll definitely be using some of these tips on my next camping trip, especially taking lots of videos. Any tips for camping with kids? Thanks again!
I highly agree with you. You don’t JUST have to document your camping trip either. If you really enjoy it you can become a daily Vlogger, grow an audience and inspire other people to get out there and live more.
And yes I surely do. Here’s the article you’re looking for.
I know several people that frequent the local KOA just to drink and party. I just wish they would understand that these Dos and Donts still apply to them as well.
Great post keep them coming.
It’s sad that young people go where FAMILIES are camping and think it’s a time to stay up all night and party. If they’re more interested in doing that, they will have a better time going to music festivals, because EVERYONE will be doing it there! Thanks for the comment.
I am going for a camping trip first time but now I am so scared, I am reconsidering my decision. I know you are causing alert here which is good but there are many things I did not think about and not prepared for it either. I am taking my 2 year old, and I dont think it is a very good idea.
I know what you mean and I totally get it. It is a good idea to be cautious, because the ones that are not are the ones that end up getting hurt. By the sounds of it, you are aware and on high alert at all times, and that’s what it takes to have a successful camping trip. Don’t worry, you will do fine.
When camping, number one rule, leave no trace. What you take in, take out. Leave the place better than what you find it, ie: pick up others trash, bury their shit and complain on Face Book. 🙂
Absolutely! 100%! Just like you, I can’t stress enough how important it is to “leave no trace”.
It keeps mother nature clean and leads an example for every other outdoorsman.
It shows they need to follow suit and make it good for the next guy. It’s like a chain reaction – when you clean up after yourself, the next guy will.