Camping is an activity that brings families together, creates lifelong memories, and is the best way to spend time with friends and family. Camping is also a great place to learn and to grow as a person. It’s important to remember, however, that people are different. Camping can be a great way to learn about others and to make new friends, but it can also have its drawbacks . While camping can be a great way to learn and grow as a person, there are some things that you should never do while camping to make sure that you and others are having a safe and enjoyable time.
9 Things you should never do while camping
If you’re going camping soon, know these things you shouldn’t do at camp, so that your experience is pleasant and not a headache.
Maybe if you went camping with your parents or attended a summer camp you already know what things to do and what things not to do when you go camping.
Either way, in this post we are going to tell you these things you should pay special attention to so that everything goes smoothly on your vacation.
Some of the following things have to do with common sense, however, many of them may not even have crossed your mind.
Well, let’s start with the things you shouldn’t do at camp, starting with your personal attitude and moving on to practical technical issues.
These things you should NOT do at camp in terms of your attitude
- Be in a bad mood or bored
If you’ve already decided to go camping, make sure you get enough rest beforehand so you can be fresh and full of energy.
If you get bored at a camp it’s because you want to, there are many options to have fun during your stay, let yourself be carried away by the moment and do your part to have a great time.
- Complaining about the lack of amenities
Obviously, a camp is not for you to be super comfortable, that’s what your home is for. At camp, take advantage of the experience of being away from home and have fun in ways that you can’t at home.
For example, forget about the heat at home when you can build a fire to warm up. Or stop complaining about not having a bed, while you can see the stars, among other circumstances that might occur.
- Bring gadgets to pass the time
Definitely, among the things you should not do in a camp, is to bring gadgets that distract you from the scenery and camping experience.
Put down your cell phone and stop taking pictures, remember that the best moments are those in which you had such a good time, that there was no time to post it on your social networks.
We already saw the things you shouldn’t do regarding your attitude, now let’s look at the things you can’t overlook when you go camping.
- Not knowing the place where you are going camping
Plan your next camping trip ahead of time, research the area, one of the worst mistakes you can make is to go in blind.
Know what kind of vegetation, flora, and fauna there is in the campground, ask if you need a reservation, or know the dates when the campground is most crowded.
It is also important that you know what kind of weather there will be in the season you will be attending, remember that a forewarned camper is worth two.
- Carrying more luggage than you need
Be realistic, how many days will you be camping? Only take the necessary clothing and gear, avoid overpacking and carrying clothes and utensils that you will not use.
Take a change of clothes for each day and an extra change of clothes for any accident, the pair of tennis shoes you are wearing, sandals and another pair of tennis shoes as a precaution.
If you don’t make a specific list, you may end up packing things you won’t need at the campsite.
- Not taking the necessary resources
One of the things you should avoid at all costs is not bringing the necessary resources, this means that the basic needs must be covered.
For example, you cannot be unprepared when it comes to tents that will require sleeping bags, flashlights, matches, waterproof tarpaulin for water and shade.
And of course, plenty of canned food, fruit and other non-perishable foods or foods that will last in your cooler until they are consumed.
Keep in mind that in a real camp, you might not be able to go shopping at the corner store, or even ask your neighbors for some, because there might not be any.
- Leaving food leftovers lying around and disturbing the environment
Among the things you should not do in a camp, never forget that you should not leave food leftovers or garbage in the camp.
First, because while you are in the camp, food leftovers can attract wild animals, even if they are small.
And second, because it is part of the ethical code of a good camper to keep the environment as you found it, don’t leave a bad environmental footprint.
- Doing things without previous preparation
It is recommended that you do not try to do things that you are not prepared for, that you have never done or that you have not practiced for a long time.
A good example is not trying to climb in a dangerous area without professional help and/or proper equipment. Also, do not jump into lakes or rivers if you do not know how to swim or if there is a NO SWIMMING sign.
Avoid doing extreme things without authorized safety measures, don’t do silly things that will kill your fun and that of your friends.
- Separate yourself from your group
As exciting as a lonely trail may seem, don’t stray from your group -remember the horror movies -just kidding-.
What is very serious is that it is always better to stay in a group than to separate yourself from it. The chances of avoiding danger, no matter how small, is always easier if you are in a group than if you are alone or in a couple.
- Losing sight of your camp
Possibly if it is a small, private campsite, there is not much of a problem in terms of not losing sight of your campsite.
If, on the other hand, you’re going to a large reserve for camping, it’s best to set up in a spot you like and don’t want to move away from, unless it’s really necessary.
It’s just a safety measure for your belongings and so they don’t get lost, although of course, you can leave some clues as to how to get back.
On your next camping trip, remember these 10 things you shouldn’t do at a campsite, and share them with your friends!