Pelican Flyer •
June 6, 2020
Part of being a skilled camper is knowing how to handle the unexpected without breaking a sweat. A sudden downpour or cold spell? No biggie. Dead batteries or a burned-out bulb in your lantern? Nothing you can’t handle. A missing tent pole? Not worth a second of worry. Indeed, seasoned campers possess the unique ability to shake off hiccups with grace and quickly maneuver to find solutions using the most basic tools and supplies.
Yet what many of the diehard survivalists don’t tell you is that they all rely on a few simple hacks to stay safe and comfortable in the outdoors. These are the tips and tricks you won’t learn at camp or read in survival manuals. They’re the camper-to-camper hacks passed along by the outdoorsmen and women who have been at it for decades. And we’re here to share a few of them with you, so you camp like a pro even if it’s your first outing ever.
Prepping for a camping trip is about brushing up on your survival skills and having a plan in place in case something goes wrong.
No matter if you go by the Scout Motto or the principles of Leave No Trace, the first rule of outdoor survival is the same: plan ahead, be prepared. And prepping for a camping trip isn’t just about checking the weather and packing the right stuff (though these are crucial to a safe outing, too). It’s also about brushing up on your survival skills and having a plan in place in case something goes wrong.
When you’re camping in a remote area, all you’ve got is fresh air and whatever food you’ve packed in your gear cases.
A lot of the best camping hacks center around packing, and it’s not hard to see why. This crucial act of preparation sets you up for success no matter what wilderness challenges you may face. When you’re camping in a remote area, all you’ve got is fresh air, (hopefully) a scenic vista and whatever food you’ve packed in your gear cases.
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Now that you’ve learned the basics of survival and packed like a pro, you are ready to head out the door. Much of the hard work is over, but you still have to set up camp. For many dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, this is the proverbial “fun part.” Here’s how to set up camp so it’s as comfy and practical as your home.
All campers have their own way of doing things, and the best way to become an expert at anything is to get some practice. In time, you’ll have your camping routine down to a science. You’ll know exactly how to prepare for and execute the camping trip of a lifetime.
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