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6 Camping Tips for Newbies

June 29, 2018

6 Camping Tips for Newbies

You’ve been daydreaming about it for years and now you’ve finally done it.  You saved your money and got yourself your very own RV to see the sights, meet new people, and find new adventures to tackle. Getting your own RV and starting to camp can seem a little daunting at first, but have no fear, newbies, you won’t be left sitting in the dark. (literally)

Camping with an RV gives you all the comforts of home on the road.  Everything from electricity to a full kitchen to a television to a toilet, yes you’re very own bathroom.  We’ve also compiled a few tips to give you a head start on your camping game.

Dress Your Best – Layers are a Major KEY

Dressing in layers is the perfect way to prepare yourself for any weather, hot or cold.  Too hot? Remove your sweatshirt.  Too cold? Add your jacket.  Knowing what type of layers to wear is also important in prepping your body for camping.  Starting at the first layer for cool weather a pair of long johns, although not as stylish, are a life saver.  These are great for trapping in the heat and keeping you warm.  Doubling up your socks is also a great way
to stay warm and also prevent blisters from long days out.  For extreme weather be sure to pack wind or water resistant jackets, nothing is worse than coming back soaked to the bone from a day out and about.  And finally for hot weather hats and sunglasses provide some added protection from the sun, you can even get UV protected sunglasses to keep those lookers safe.

Building a Campfire

Campfires are essential to a great camping trip.  This is where the real memories are made.  All cozied up, huddled around a warm fire, reminiscing about the day, exchanging stories.  It’s fantastic!  So what are the steps to get this all started?

  1. Clear the area.  Make sure to avoid building too close to tents, dry brush, or low overhanging branches.
  2. Gather some rocks to build a fire ring.
  3. Start by burning your tinder (or use a fire starter as discussed below) which are small dried out twigs or brush.  Slowly add more and more and then start to throw in some kindling, which are slightly larger sticks.
  4. Once the fire begins to build, slowly add in your larger logs until you’ve go yourself your very own roaring campfire.
  5. Sit back and enjoy!

Fire Starters

All these tricks can help you in getting that first spark to develop into a roaring campfire!

  • Charcoal packed into a cardboard egg carton
  • Lint from your dryer
  • Vaseline covered cotton balls
  • Dried pine needles
  • Crumpled newspaper
  • Pinecones covered in wax

Tick Tip

Ticks are some pretty nasty pests that may give you Lyme disease.  So it’s best to avoid
these suckers at all costs.  Firstly, try to stay on the trail and avoid wandering into grassy and brushy areas.  As for clothing try to cover as much of your skin as you can.  That means long sleeves, tucked shirts, tucked pants into socks, the whole shebang.  Additionally, if you are wearing lighter colors you will be able to detect ticks easier.

Now if you happen to still get a tick here’s what you do.  Try to tweeze it straight out, pinching as close to your skin as possible.  Avoid bursting the body for this might release the toxins straight into your skin. After removing the tick sanitize your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

Bugs Be Gone

To keep those other pesky bugs, like mosquitos, away try doing these:

  • Avoid strong smelling fragrant
  • Avoid wearing dark colors
  • Try dabbing on catnip oil, which is found to be more effective than DEET
  • Keep Citronella candles or oil around the campsite
  • Stay away from wet, grassy areas
  • Bears? No thanks.

Look, its great being in the wild, the great outdoors but its best to avoid intrusive encounters.  The best and most effective way to do this is to pack your food away!  Put it away either in your RV or even hang it up in a tree, but don’t just leave it out on the picnic table.  This is an open invitation to creatures like wolves, raccoons, or even bears.

Now that you’re practically a pro, sit back, relax,  and enjoy camping!