Tent Camping Tips and
Advice for First Time Campers and Camping Safety
Find tent camping tips
for new campers, including a camping
checklist , ideas for camp games, camping
recipes , camp
songs ; your camping guide to fun!
Camping can be a lot of fun, but
only if you are organized. This means knowing what and what not to pack
with a comprehensive camping
checklist, what camping
food to take,
that you can play and having those camp
songs and lyrics
to sing around your campfire. We will give you camping tips on all of
these subject, and more, to ensure that you have a successful camping
The best thing about tent camping
holidays is that they are cheap, and this is especially
during times like now, where everyone is looking for a cheap holiday.
Secondly, you don't need to lay out a lot of money on camping gear and
equipment if you don't want to. You can find cheap tents, backpacks,
sleeping bags and cooking sets through our online shop for Camping
TENT CAMPING TIPS on Free Camp Sites
There are many people who never pay for
a camp site because they camp in the desert, or in farmer's fields
after securing permission, etc. However, these days, from a safety
aspect it is better to pay a low fee and camp in a designated camping
park or National Park that offers these facilities. What you are paying
for is the convenience of having a safe place to sleep for the night,
shower and toilet blocks and perhaps a small shop to buy supplies.
However, for those of you who wish to take the chance, and go tent
camping off the beaten track, know the dangers, try and camp in large
numbers for extra safety and make sure that you have some form of
TENT CAMPING TIPS on Where to Pitch your Tent
When you camp in tents you need to know
where to pitch you tent to ensure a good night's sleep. So where are
the best places?
1. First of all, assess the location and
decide if you want company or solitude. Are you able to put up with
other noisy campers or do you wish to be left alone?
2. Which way is the prevailing wind
Pitch your tent away from the prevailing winds.
3. Choose a site that is level, and
shaded. However, if you choose to pitch your tent near trees check
above for any signs of rotting or diseased branches or trees. Because
in case of strong winds, you don't want to be a sitting duck for
falling trees and branches.
4. Find a spot with a view. No one wants
to wake-up in the morning to a lousy view. You are out to enjoy nature
and the scenery around you, so make sure that your tent faces a spot
with a view to enhance your tent camping experience. If there is a
mountain, the seaside, or a river in view, make sure that you can see
it from your tent entrance.
Make sure that you have a ground sheet to place first
before your tent. This gives protection to the tent from any sharp
stones and sticks. However, before pitching your tent, anything sharp
or lumpy should be removed, so that you have created a smooth surface
6. Are you close enough to the toilet
blocks, if you wish, and other campers, yet far enough to give you
privacy and peace and quiet?
7.Finally for tent camping tips in this
category - Do you have luminous guy ropes? It sounds a strange question
to a novice camper, but more people have twisted ankles and worse
besides after falling over guy ropes in both broad daylight and at
Campfire Cooking over an open
fire can be dangerous.
TENT CAMPING SAFETY TIPS FOR CAMPFIRES
Cooking on open fires is a wonderfully
satisfying experience, and they go
hand-in-hand with camping.
Don't forget to look at our page on camping
recipes to get
some more ideas on what meals you could cook for your next camping trip.
How to Make Campfires
The best material that you will need to
pack are wads of newspapers, some twigs that are dry, not green and
then your wood that has to be dry and well seasoned.
One of the best ways to make campfires
is to take your newspaper and roll up a couple of pages at a time into
mini logs and soak them in kerosene. Leave them to dry and then pack
these for your next camping trip. With these paper logs you will have
no trouble at all in getting your fire started, even if the weather is
a little damp and miserable.
Other material besides twigs make good
tinder to get a fire going and
can usually be found around campsites. Pine codes and
pine needles make excellent fire starters.
need to lay your paper logs or rolled pages of paper in a
triangular stack to get the air under and between the paper. Oxygen
feeds a fire, therefore you need to build your campfire like this. On
top of the stack of papers you need to lay your dry tinder; twigs, dry
grass, leaves, pine cones, dry pine needles etc. Place these all around
the stack laying them against the paper.
Place the large logs around the stack
as the final layer.
The trick to building a good campfire
is to make sure that you have
enough paper and tinder, because if you don't the fire could go out
before your logs have started burning, and then you will have to start
all over again!
Safety Tips for Campfires
With campfire cooking and open
fires if you have children around, or even adults who are not thinking
clearly at the time, you can end up with some very nasty accidents.
you are camping in remote areas where help is too far away, or you
haven't packed enough for these unforseen circumstances in the form of
ointments, burn creams etc.
So, the best way to approach campfire
accidents is to avoid them, rather than having to deal with them. Here
are some campfire safety tips for your next camping trip.
If you are building your fire on the
ground, rather than in a
purpose-built fireplace there are some important things that you need
1. Out of all the tent camping tips,
is probably the most important. Make sure that there are no fire bans
in your area on that day. This is especially so in countries where
there are droughts and fires could get out of control very quickly.
2. Wherever you have decided to pitch
your tent, find out from the authorities if you have permission to
build an open fire.
3. Choose a piece of ground that is
protected from the wind, and ideally dig a little depression in the
ground if you have permission, in which you can set your fire.
4. Check that there are no low,
over-hanging branches above the fire. Branches should be at least 3
meters away from the fire in all directions, and there should be no
debris, grass or vegetation within 3 meters of the fire.
5. Contain your fire to a small fire.
You do not need a large fire to match that of a bonfire. Such large
fires are very dangerous, and can easily get out of control, sending
unwanted sparks into dry vegetation and causing a disaster very
quickly. If you need more wood for your cooking needs, add it when
necessary, bit by bit.
6. Do not destroy the trees around you
to make your fire. Either bring your own, pre-bought firewood, or only
use what you find lying on the ground. Taking wood from trees, even if
you have permission, will not burn properly as it will be too 'green'.
That lying on the floor is usually dry and will burn well.
7. Always watch your fire when tent
camping. Never light a fire and then wander off to do something else.
Fires need constant supervision.
8. After your wood has burned down, you
are now left with the hot coals. This is what you need when cooking
camp food. However, this heat is very unstable, and you need to make
sure that the utensils that you have brought with you to cook with will
be able withstand this heat. Teflon-coated utensils may melt. Also make
sure that you take flat-bottomed pots that suit this type of cooking.
Don't forget to take tea-towels or buy pot grippers to remove your pots
safely, as they will heat up very quickly being so close to the heat
9. Lastly for tent camping
tips be a responsible camper and always cover the fire with a
good layer of sand when you have finished with it. I say a good layer
of sand, as we ended up with a child with badly scorched feet who had
forgotten about the fire and walked over it. Unfortunately, there was
not enough of a layer to prevent the injury.
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