10 Essential Camping Tips
There are a few little tips that you ought to know about camping, but maybe no one has ever told you. Some of these are old tricks, some of them may be new.
- Sure you could take mole skin, but duct tape is better.
- Leave your bungee cords at home. They seem like an easy way to strap something on your pack, but they are actually the worst way to do just about anything.
- Always pack extra tent stakes
- Even when it’s hot, a long sleeve shirt may be your best option, especially if you burn easily.
- There’s a reason the West was won by people who carried a bandana. It’s a scarf before dawn; sun block at noon; evaporative cooling rag in the heat; washcloth when dirty; handkerchief when the allergies kick up; a flag when lost; and a mask when robbing a bank (<please don’t rob any banks>).
- Learn five knots: bowline, two half hitches, taut line, timber hitch, and the trucker’s hitch. Those will get you through an awful lot.
- Sip often rather than guzzle infrequently. If you are getting thirsty, you’re too late. It will be hard to catch up and not lose your energy.
- If you’re going to take a pain-killer after a particularly difficult hike, consider packing the “PM” versions to help you sleep at night.
- Sometimes the best thing you can do is relax in the shade. Take off your boots, air out your socks, get comfortable, and enjoy the moment.
- Don’t underestimate a good place to sit. A lightweight camp chair or stool can be a true life-saver after 10 miles on the trail. A creative solution is to pack your sleeping back in a waterproof bag and use it as a seat.