Getting Ready for Your First Camp of the Year

The arrival of spring brings many welcome things, including the pleasure of getting back outdoors! While you may be chomping at the bit to go camping, last years gear may still be in hibernation. Make sure your gear is as ready as you are with these helpful reminders!

Check your camping gear!

Be sure to give all your gear a quick once over. Tent, tools, sleeping bags and even board games can use a quick look to be sure that they are free of holes/damages or missing pieces.

Don’t forget to include a medical kit in your gear just in case the unexpected does happen. Whatever you do, make sure not to skip out on the little things that will make your trip go a lot smoother.

Tricky weather tips!

Make sure that you’re also prepared for inclement weather. It’s always a good idea to check your local weather report before heading out so you can plan accordingly. We all know that spring can be a fickle season. One day may be perfect, while the next pour down on you. Always bring along some indoor activities to keep the fun rolling if you get stuck inside of your tent due to rain.

You can also plan ahead by scouting out potential places of interest. Museums, aquariums and places of historical significance can be fun and educational experience while taking refuge from the rain.

You should consider laying a tarp down before setting up your tent or even elevating your bedding to keep things warm and dry. Be sure to also do a thorough check of your tent.  You’ll want to be sure that it is free of holes or defects before getting out in the field. We recommend waterproofing your tent to help ensure it is free of leaks in an unforeseen downpour. This can be done using a combination of seam sealers and waterproofing sprays.

Don’t forget to pack clothing for all sorts of weather. Sure it may be warm and sunny on your way to set up camp, but it could turn downright cold and wet the very next day. Make sure that you prepare extra clothing to accommodate your changing needs. You may also want to consider bringing along a rain suit or poncho to protect yourself when outside of your tent.

Lastly, be aware of your surroundings. Even if you see nothing but sunny and beautiful weather on your forecast, you may want to consider setting up your camp in an area that is slightly more elevated to avoid rain runoff or flooding issues. We know the last thing you’ll need is a mudslide heading straight through camp!

In conclusion…

There are so many things to consider when camping each year for the first time. Always remember that safety comes first and be sure to take extra steps to ensure that you’re comfortable no matter what comes your way. Being prepared and doing a double check will help make your camping trip a success every time!