Camping Tips: How To Prepare And Pack For Safety
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Preparing for a camping trip takes a lot of work, and it can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Whether you’ll be roughing it in a tent or sleeping comfortably in an RV, there are different considerations to make where packing and safety are concerned. so it’s a good idea to get an early start and have a good plan.
Write out lists for everything; don’t rely on your memory. Even if you’ve been camping before, it’s not a good idea to leave all the preparations to your overloaded brain. Make a packing list for each person, plus a list of things you’ll need from each part of the house. For example, start in the bathroom and think about all the things you’ll need from there while you’re away. Toilet paper, a first aid kit, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and any medications should go in one bag. Then, move on to the next room. This way, you won’t be multitasking, which can lead to forgetfulness.
Read on for more tips on how to prepare for a fantastic camping trip.
Prepare your home and business
It may sound silly to get your home ready just so you can leave it, but it’s imperative to make sure everything is taken care of before you start making plans. There will likely be laundry to do before packing commences, and it’s a good idea to make sure all the dishes are washed and put away so there will be no food residue to attract bugs while you’re gone. Let your neighbors know you’ll be away for several days so they can be on the lookout for anything suspicious, and consider installing a security camera if you haven’t already.
If you’re a business owner, you’ll need to prepare your employees for your absence. According to Zenbusiness, your workers should be trained to handle web issues, problems with equipment, and shipping complications. You want to enjoy your trip so ask them to contact you only if something is really urgent.
If your entire family will be going on the trip, it will be easy to become stressed out trying to remember everything each person will need. Instead of diving into the packing, write out a list for each specific person. Older kids can be handed the list and pack their own things, but double check before they zip up their bags and make sure they didn’t miss anything.
Work your way through each room in the home before moving on; bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, and garage are usually the most important. For items that everyone will be using, such as cookware and toiletries, start putting these together in like piles before packing them in a bag so that you can see everything you have and assess whether you’ll have room for it. This will also help you make sure you’ve gotten everything from your packing list.
The important items, such as food, and cooking utensils, are a given; however, don’t forget the little things, like matches, a flashlight, a loaded first aid kit, washcloths and towels, baby wipes, a compass and map, and a good knife.
Get your vehicle ready
It’s important to get your vehicle ready well before you leave. Have the tires checked and the fluids topped off, and get an oil change if you haven’t had one recently.
If you’re driving an RV, make sure everything is functional and safe before you leave. Safety latches on cabinets will keep them from popping open during the ride, while having a slow-cooker in the sink will allow you to cook while you’re driving and have dinner ready by the time you arrive at your campsite.
With the tips above, you’ll be ready to leave your worries at home and take in the beauty of the great outdoors with your family!