When you’re out on a camping trip, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement, or even the relaxation. Somewhere between spending time by the campfire and spotting wildlife, you might forget a few simple camping rules.
With a bit of extra prep and camping reminders, you can ease your mind and enjoy your adventure even more. Follow this list of 5 things you should NOT do while camping and check out the links for each section for more information and resources from the Gander blog.
Don’t Pack the Wrong Gear
Before you even head out on your trip, make sure you are prepared for where you are going and what temperatures/weather you may run into. There is nothing worse than being unprepared for unexpected cold or rainy weather. Okay… maybe there are some things worse, like having your tent ransacked by bears, but you get the point! Bring supplies to fit your camping trip and check the weather.
Check out these articles for tips on camping in cold weather and rain:
Another thing to keep in mind is to have quality gear and test it out before you go on your trip. Break in those hiking shoes and set up your new tent prior to packing it in the car. Not sure where to find quality camping gear to fit your needs? We’ve got you covered with all the camping gear you need.
Don’t Take Selfies With Wildlife or Feed the Bears
This may seem common sense… but we’ve all heard those stories of tourists at Yellowstone who get a little too close to wildlife, in hopes of capturing the perfect photo. Sometimes the zoom on your camera just isn’t close enough, or you’re not paying attention to the animal and suddenly you’re feet away from a giant elk, with HUGE, pointy antlers.
Let’s just avoid this situation all together, shall we? If you see wildlife, keep your distance. If you want to take great pictures of wildlife, bring a zoom lens. Don’t get closer and don’t feed the animals.
Even if you’re not directly handing food to wildlife, they will be curious about the goodies that you brought along to eat. Don’t keep food in your tent (unless you want to be ransacked by bears, or raccoons). Store food away from where you are sleeping, in a bear resistant container.
Don’t Leave Trash Behind
Along with taking precautions with your food storage, you’ll also want to think about what you’ll do with trash during your camping trip. Keep a tidy campsite and don’t leave trash sitting around that could blow away or attract animals.
Many campgrounds have a place to dump trash, but there may be times when you’ll have to carry it around with you. Bring along bags and containers in case you need to store your trash until you can dump it.
Don’t Abuse Campground Rules and Etiquette
While you’re enjoying your time outdoors, be respectful of your neighbors and follow any campground rules. These are different depending on the campground, but usually include things like:
- Pick up after your pets
- Dispose of trash
- Store food properly and don’t feed wildlife
- Follow rules for quiet hours and keep the noise down
Don’t Forget the First Aid Kit
Finally, something you should definitely NOT do while camping is forget the first aid kit. Whether it’s poison ivy, ticks, or small cuts, you’ll be prepared to handle it IF you have your first aid kit. This item can be easily forgotten in the packing list, so prep your first aid kit ahead of time and store it in your car or camping gear. Regularly check your first aid kit to make sure all of the items are still in date.
What other tips and ideas do you have for things you should definitely NOT do while camping? Share your comments and stories below!