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How To Have Better Camping Trips.

Tired of packing too much or not bringing critical camping gear for your camping trips?

Camping trips can be a great way to relax and get away from it all. But with a little planning you could make them even better. Since different areas offer different challenges start off by making a camping list and/or hiking gear list you might need. This will also help get you started...

Are there any wildlife that may be an issue on your trip? Bears, raccoons, snakes, spiders, and mosquitos are just a handful of wildlife to consider on your camp trips.

What weather is possible? Pack the right gear for the trip. Does the weather vary much? Do you need rain gear? Does the temperature fluctuate between extremes like it does in the desert or are biting insects a problem? If it's a trip you haven't taken before ask someone who has or call your guide or host.

What do you want to do? Are you taking a camping trip to relax or are you looking for full physical involvement? Do you want to camp only, or would you like to throw in some hiking, fishing, kayaking, rafting, or mountain biking into the mix?

Do you like rustic camping or do you think flush toilets and warm running water are a good thing. ;-) If you like travelling in RV comfort, are looking for tips, or if you need help selecting a campground, take a look at Your RV Lifestyle before your next camping trip.

Consider your level of fitness. Your level of fitness will determine how much you enjoy your trip. If you're going to be doing demanding activities be honest with yourself and make sure you're up to the challenge, because pushing yourself too far will only make you miserable.

Camping trips in remote locations may require different transportation than you're used to... how are you going to get there. Is help easily available if you need it?

Do you need topographic maps because you're wanting to get away into the backcountry?

If you're hiring an outfitter ask what's included and expected of you regarding the camping tours you're considering. If you're camping at various sites do you have to carry your own hiking gear or other equipment used for camping or will your host take care of it? Do they provide food or shelter?

Is the camping trip "kid appropriate"? Do they have guest references you can check with to make sure your trip is a good one? Do they carry insurance or do you need to get your own?

If you're going on any remote camping trips make sure you plan for water. Will there be water available the entire time or will you need to treat or purify your own with a water filter or water purifier? Or will you have to carry it all...

If you'd like more information about camping trips click here for the rest of the article. You may also want to take a look at a related article about how to pick the best camping tents.

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