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Camping Tips for Beginners

Camping Tips for Beginners

Thinking about the outdoor adventure of taking your family on a camping trip for the first time, is something that can give both positive and negative emotions! Yes, it’s exciting to share this experience with your family, fishing for meals, taking nature photos while doing things for the first time, learning things about camping life, and communicating with nature peacefully and effectively to really have nice days without any unwanted accidents…

Maybe it’s the first camping trip for you as well, or maybe you forgot, or can’t go back and remember yourself in your kid's place as new campers?

This means that you have to take some time thinking and planning before the trip takes place!

What we have to pack, what tools we’ll need to take with us? What are the safety procedures that we have to follow to prevent any bad situations we may face?

But fear not, I gathered some advice and ideas for you to follow, to make your life easier and will make you take firm steps with confidence.

Having a camp that works

Pitching a tent is not the experience that you can do on the camp for the first time, Dealing with tent poles and ropes for the first time can be a frustrating experience.

Check out the guide that follows to help you smooth the tent pitching procedure.

1- Select a flat ground, avoiding any debris.

2- Take a safe distance from any streams or rivers. At least 100 feet away.

3- Observe the wind condition, maybe you'll need the help of your family members in windy conditions.

4- Fluffy ground surface or soft dust or sand, needs more secure tent stakes to prevent it from getting loose.

5- Making your doors/windows facing the wind, will help for better ventilation

The Campfire

Each camp needs a campfire, how to build it? How to put it out? And how to do it safely as a pro?

1- Check first to see if you need any kind of permit before going ahead.

2- If there is an existing fire ring, use it instead of creating a new one, and don't forget to add more circle rocks around the fire if needed.

3- Don't build your fire around any things that can catch fire easily. Hanging tree branches and dry grass is all fire catchers, So, be cautious.

4- After finishing with the fire, put it out with water and soil, mix them together well, and separate the lit embers off the sticks.

Pouring a lot of water and soil will do the trick, till you cool the soil. Don't leave the soil hot.

How to catch fish

Have a nice camping trip doesn't mean to lay down the whole day without any activities, but it means to plan for the day while turning all the duties into fun and amusements.

Not feeling hungry now? It doesn't mean that you'll still that way in the evening, you need supper, and if you didn't catch enough fish, you'll sleep while still hungry.

Let's learn how to catch enough fish for your family dinner.

Casting your bait or lure to the water is the most tricky thing any beginner can suffer from, If you are standing on the edge of a river or lake where aquatic weeds and other obstructions fill the water near its edge and you need to throw your fishing rig away from it so that it does not get tangled.

Fear not. Here is how to do the fishing the right way

1- Make sure you have a clear casting area so you'll not harm anyone around you.

2-Never release the baitcasting reel trigger until the fishing rod is perpendicular to your body, imaging the tip of the rod is your finger, and you're pointing to the spot that you want your lure or bait to land on, and then release the trigger.

3- If you plan to catch fish and then release it, use barbless hooks.

4- Pointing the rod tip 90 degrees towards the sky. Never allow the fishing line to become loose and keep it taut all the time between you and the fish, because loosening helps widen the opening made by the hook, and thus give the hook an opportunity to come out again from the fish's mouth to become free.

5- Give the fish ample time to get tired, by giving it some line and then pull it again towards you, till it will feel tired and leave itself to you to bring it out and land it.

6- Fish like vegetation as a kind of shade and hidden away from the eyes, try to target these places or its edges.

7- Try to be prepared with a landing net for the big and heavy fish. Landing a big fish without a landing net is not something you want to try as a beginner.

I think by now you got a fair knowledge of camping in nature, try to prepare yourself with some reserve things, like some reserve dry socks, enough drinking water, first aid kit, flashlights, swiss knife, fish barbecue spices...

Don't forget to take many photos for good memories, and maybe you'll like to share it on Social Media with your family and friend.

Happy camping.