The thing with hotels and other types of accommodation is that they tell you everything. Where to sleep, where to eat and worst of it all, which view you get. When you carry a tent with you, it is you who gets to decide where you should spend the night and which view you should wake up to.
If you’re among those nomad souls who like to wander around with a tent strapped around their back, this article is for you. As there are several risks that are associated with camping in the wild, this article should help you know what you should do and what you shouldn’t:
Do – Experience it once
If you scoff at the thought of being confined to walls when you’re out travelling, camping is something you should definitely try. Camping in the outdoors is great for many reasons. The fact that you don’t have to pay for this accommodation probably features last on this list.
The reason which tops the list is the experience that it has to offer. It is an unparalleled experience and no matter which words we use to describe it, we wouldn’t be able to do complete justice to it.
Don’t – Miss the Bed
If you’re a true nature lover staying in a tent offers you the best outdoor experience. Trading that soft hotel bed mattress for the hard ground will be totally worth it when you open your eyes in the morning. All you need to do is pull the zip up and a beautiful landscape will unveil itself.
Do – Know Where you Are
You can pitch a tent wherever you like, by the river, on the beach or on a desolate mountain top. The options are literally endless and the only thing you need is an adventurous streak. But there are certain things you should be careful about when you go camping in the wild. At the foremost, you should know where you are.
If you’re pitching your tent in a forest you should mark your trail. Leaving indicators along the path will help you find your back when you make a return trip. Marking trees along the way with a knife should help you to stay on your trail.
Don’t – Throw Waste Around
It is important to remember that nobody goes to the wild to pick up garbage. Any plastic waste that you throw in there will remain there for years to come. Besides the fact that it is highly irresponsible on our part to spoil a surrounding that is so beautiful, it can also be dangerous for the wild animals that live there. Several videos can be found online which show how plastic has led to several fatalities amongst wildlife animals.
Do – Be Aware of Wildlife
Before you finalise your destination for camping it is advised that you research on the internet what type of wild animals can be found in that territory. Camping too close to a stream in a jungle can be dangerous as animals often come wandering in these areas searching for food and water.
Also, you should never go camping alone. Gather like minded folk who are open to adventures of these kinds. Staying in a group drives most animals away. So, camping is definitely an activity where the more the merrier.
If you are carrying food you should ideally hang them from trees at a safe distance from your tent so as to not attract wild animals to your campsite. If you must keep it with you ensure that they are stored in air tight containers.
Don’t – Leave your Pets Alone
You may not find a more faithful friend to take with you than a dog. They can smell danger from a distance and if the area where you have gone camping is infested with snakes or scorpions, your dog will take care of them for you. However, they can also fall prey to other bigger animals that can be found lurking around and for this reason you must keep them close, preferably on a leash.