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Camping And Hiking Basics
Camping and hiking involve a multitude of activities. They span the outdoors to encompass such things as camps, trail hiking, roughing it, campsites, sleeping accommodations, erecting tents, backpacking, navigation equipment, and cooking activities. People who engage in these activities are motivated to get away from civilization and spend time in the wilds enjoying nature. They set up tents; they sleep under the moonlight-sometimes with a sleeping bag, or they sleep in a shelter, either motor vehicle or fixed camp site shelter.
Camping and hiking often represent very hard work, especially if you have to bring many components of a plan together in an effort to make the venture a success. While the effort may be difficult, it can be lots of fun when the plan comes together as intended. Just make sure that you get all of the right advice and information available ensuring that you have a successful adventure.
There are lots of types of camping and hiking adventures to choose from. Examples of adventures include a trip to the beach, a hiking trail trip, a mountain climbing trip, a water sports trip, a recreational vehicle trip, a trip to a state or national park to name a few. Camping and hiking items have wide usage. For the individual nature lover, it may mean a walk through the forest with minimum gear, perhaps a backpack, hiking boots and, if lucky, some survival stuff (food, water, compass, and map). In the age of SUVs, serious campers will likely travel with a fully equipped vehicle. This could include not only backpacks and boots, but such things as sleeping tents, cooking stoves, table, chairs, heaters, and other items that can be used with electricity sourced from the SUV. Camping and hiking are often done in conjunction with other activities, such as picnicking, mountain climbing, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.
Prescription for a Camping Sojourn
If your camping involves more than a day's trip, you will need to consider in your plan such things as:
" Camping gear including tent(s), sleeping bag(s), backpack(s) if hiking, stove or lantern with cooking utensils, compass, map, flashlight, hunting knife, toiletry items, sanitary supplies, food and water.
" First aid kit including first aid cream, bandages, dressing pads, aspirin or equivalent for pain or fever, insect repellant, sunscreen, soap, and thermometer.
" Other items such as cell phone(s), small shovel, axe, sunglasses, whistle, appropriate clothing including a hat, ID cards, and cash.
While much goes into the planning of a good camping trip, the implementation aspects of the trip is equally as challenging. Now that you have that well developed list of camping items, just what do you do with them once you arrive at the campsite? What are the limits of the campground? Will you pitch tents or sleep under the moonlight? Will the camp be pitched on the slope of a hill or in the valley? How thick is the brush that you picked for your campground? All of these are questions that must be quickly addressed. Erecting a tent gives you some protection from a potential rain storm as well as any local wild inhabitants of the area. Pitching it on the slope or top of the hill provides protection from a sudden downpour of rain that could flood the valley. Avoiding too much brush minimizes the danger from wild animals using the brush as cover. Also, a tent provides some protection from insects such as mosquitoes. Wearing long pants and sleeves together with insect repellant provides additional protection from insects.
There is so much that one can do during a camping trip. You can go hiking. Of course, you'll need a backpack and hiking boots. You can fish, either from the banks or in a canoe or kayak. You can go swimming. You can also play volley ball or other sports game. Then, there is the option that you can just sit around cooking and eating marshmallows all day long. Another delight of camping is watching the sunset, watching the stars at night, or glazing over water fronts, especially if you're lucky to have the moon's reflection over the water.
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