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How to Camp Like a Champ

Posted On : 6 March 2017 | Category : All Hints & Tips, How To

Camp Like a Champ You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for adventure in the great outdoors if you know how to camp like a champ!

1. Research your campsite and choose carefully
Your choice of site can make or break your trip. Before you book do some extra research: what facilities are on site? What is there to do in the local area? Also, make sure you don’t arrive too late and end up having to set up camp in the dark.

2. Be Organised
If every camping trip starts with a two-hour effort to locate all your gear and load it into the car, going camping will feel like work. Keep a pre-packed box of your camping gear in a certain corner of your house or garage. 3. For group or family camping, shared communal areas or ‘living space’ is extremely useful for storage, cooking, eating and socialising. A gazebo or tarpaulin is a good idea to pack with you to give you extra sheltered space outside, which you’ll appreciate if you’re cooking in wet weather.

4. Trial pitch your tent
Arriving late and tired at a campsite, to pitch an unfamiliar tent in the dark is not recommended. Trial pitching in your home garden avoids this, and gives time to check for missing parts and faults. Even those taking tents they have used before should at least unpack them to check components before departure.

5. Make lists
Even experienced campers can forget the odd important item out of the dozens that must be packed. Items like bin bags, loo roll, pillows, insect repellent and baby wipes all make life much more pleasant, yet are often forgotten.

6. Easy Eating
Arranging tasty, yet simple camping meals requires a little forethought. Choose quick and simple recipes that can be prepared with minimal equipment and, where possible, with non-perishable ingredients. Remember, dining al fresco doesn’t always have to involve the braai. For the first night bring a ready-made stew which just needs to be heated up and served with crusty bread.

7. Think before you pitch
When you arrive have a good look around the site before pitching: where might there be morning shade or shelter from the wind? Where might it be noisy? Once you locate a suitable spot, find a flat area to pitch, but try to avoid low-lying areas that might become ponds or rivers if it rains.

8. Store Food Securely
Keep food in secure containers and coolers – outside of your tent. You do not want to attract nocturnal visitors to your campsite, and definitely not inside your tent.

9. Pack a headlamp
Headlamps are the new flashlights, because they leave your hands free and keep the light pointed in the direction you are looking. If you’ve ever tried to brush your teeth while juggling a flashlight, you will immediately understand the bene t of a headlamp!

10. Leave no trace
You might be a bit dismayed when you first step onto your campsite, only to discover a number of cigarette butts, bottle caps and scraps of foil on the ground and in the re pit. Use this as a teaching opportunity for your kids. Show them that leaving the area cleaner and more pristine than you found it is great for the environment and a nice thing to do for the next family that stays there.

Gear
• Tent
• Rain Tarpaulin
• Sleeping Bags
• Pillows
• Air Mattresses
• Firewood
• Lighter/Matches
• Folding Table
• Torch
• Lanterns

Food Prep
• Cooler Box
• Braai or Weber
• Water Containers
• Roasting Skewers
• Plates, Utensils etc.
• Bin Bags
• Storage Containers
• Tablecloth
• Pots/Pans
• Dishwashing liquid
• Sponge/dishtowel
• Firelighters
• Sharp Knives
• Chopping Board
• Ice
• Bottle Opener

Personal
• Sunglasses
• Shoes
• Rain Jacket
• Sleepwear
• Extra Layers
• Swimming Costumes
• Towels
• Loo Paper
• Deodorant
• Lip Balm
• Shampoo
• Soap
• Toothbrush/paste
• First Aid Kit