The impending arrival of summer means it is time to get out of your homes and embrace the beauty of nature. And when you are in Oregon, the arrival of summer means it’s time to pack your bags and go – CAMPING!

That said, if you are a beginner and gearing up for your first camping trip, we have some words of advice for you. Avoid these 4 mistakes when you go for the trip, and be sure to have an amazing time.

1. Not trying the equipment before you leave

One of the most common mistakes that people make when going for camping for the first time they to rely too much on their equipment. No matter how new the equipment is, it is always advisable to try it out before you leave. You never know when adversity might strike! Just to avoid any unfavorable circumstance from popping up, you should definitely try and have a thorough trial of all of your equipment. Can you put up the tent? What if it rains and you don’t have the necessary cover? Do you know how to set up the propane stove, switch the propane and then make it all work? Lighters? Camping chairs? Comfortable bedding? Nothing is worse than getting to an amazing spot and then finding you’re ill-prepared or that you really should have brought the…

2. Never compromise on the quality of products

When it comes to camping, you need to buy quality equipment. Considering the fact that you may be way out in nature, you cannot take the risk of buying the cheap stuff that lands you in trouble when you are in the middle of nowhere. So be sure to make the good investment and buy quality equipment.

3. Underestimating the importance of timing

When you are going camping, natural light is an important source of guidance. You won’t have street lights to guide you through the trail. Therefore, it is important to not only follow a strict time schedule, planning the trip meticulously, but also to take care of some lighting accessories to carry along. After all, you would not want to get lost in the woods without any light, would you?

4. Not carrying enough food and beverages

Most important of all, you need to ensure access to plenty of food and beverage during the trip. Based on how many people you are, and for how many days you are going to stay in the camp, you need to pack eating and drinking supplies accordingly. Also, don’t forget when you are in the wild, if you leave your food and beverage out in the open, you are definitely inviting a host of trouble due to all the hungry critters that are sure to be observing you, and your food supply, intently. You never know when a nocturnal friend might pay a visit after all!

These are some of the most simple tips that might appear obvious, but keep in mind that more often than not first-time campers make these basic mistakes. If you are looking to have fun on you camping trip, and will be a newbie to the experience, make sure you follow the above tips. Rest assured that by the time you return you will be happy you made the proper preparations!

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself out on a camping trip this summer. Multiple times if possible! If the weather cooperates, you’re sure to be in for a time that’s full of fun, serenity and relaxation.

Bon voyage!


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