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Survival 101: Five camping tips you need to know

Learning the difference between a reef knot and a bowline may not seem like the most productive use of your time, but for those who intend to go camping it is a vital skill. Being able to master basic survival techniques such as this could mean the difference between a camping nightmare and camping paradise – ultimately affecting the experience which you are able to gain whilst outdoors.

1.      Erecting a tent up

It might not be one of the most difficult tasks but getting a tent up can be one of the most frustrating and stressful parts of any camping trip. First of all, you need to learn how your individual tent works. There is no universal style for tents so this will vary between each design and manufacturer.

It is always a good idea to put your tent up at home before taking it on the road. This will help you ascertain how the different components clip together and will also help you learn how to pack your tent so that it takes up as little space as possible.

Other basic tips you need to learn include making sure tent pegs are secure and learning to pitch your tent in an appropriate location. This should be somewhere where the ground is as flat as possible and which has some shelter from the elements.

2.      Travel light

It may seem obvious, but packing light is crucial. Heavy equipment, or an abundance of items, can hold you down. This can wear you out which, in the wilderness, can be dangerous.

In short, you should learn to bring only the essentials. Anything more is additional weight and you need to question the usefulness of each item. If you’re moving about, this weight can be an unwelcomed burden.

Of course, you should never sacrifice essential items for the sake of reducing weight and it is important that you take everything which you need when camping.

3.      Get advice

The camping community is very large and welcoming, so it’s always easy to find advice. Visiting your nearest outdoor camping shop will give you access to this advice as well as to high quality camping supplies.

Always seek general advice, such as basic survival tips, alongside more specific guidance, such as what the best type of tent is for the terrain you intend to camp in.

4.      First aid

Whether you camp alone or in a group, you should learn basic first aid. Should an accident or emergency occur, you could be alone without professional help for a while. Someone in the group should always be trained or prepared but ideally everyone should have a basic knowledge of general first aid.

This way, if anything happens, you have the skills to deal with it. Accidents can happen and the wild can be a very dangerous place to be if you’re not prepared.

5.      Cooking

Finally, when you’re camping you are responsible for your own food. This means that you need to learn to cook. Camping food is often quick and easy but a basic understanding of health and safety, as well as food hygiene, will ensure that it’s safe to eat. You should also familiarise yourself with how to cook in the wild, using either an open fire or a portable gas stove.

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