Tent 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, camping games 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 holiday.
The best thing about tent camping holidays is that they are cheap, and this is especially important 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 Gear.
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 protection.
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?
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.
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.
You will 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!
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. Often 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 to remember:
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