To wake up surrounded by beauty and feet pleasure – those things inspire a lot of people to take trips and explore wild nature. Wild nature is most captivating while camping.
It sounds really romantic to wake up in the mountain but it’s also very important to keep some rules, that will make your journey not just safe but will protect this peace of heaven untouched for others who take the same path.
Camping at places that are allowed
Also known as “free” camping, wild camping has a different meaning which depends on your destination. In some places it means that you’re camping in a zone that is allowed for it. They are near wild places but you still have basic amenities like shower, bath and so on.
The rules are different at different places that you camp.
It’s better to research them before taking your trip or to talk with someone that already has been there and knows them. You can get information and from national park staff or info centre there.
Take the right equipment
Part of the beauty of camping is that you can run from ordinary life, but that means that you are on your own. Perhaps the closest shop will be several kilometres from your camp and you need to take everything that you need.
Make a list of items that you need to take.
There are several things that you will take in the first place.
- Waterproof tent
- Enough food,
- Warm clothes,
- Don’t forget to take a knife, a flashlight and an extra pair of batteries.
It’s better to be prepared than not.
Keep yourself away from bad weather
Bad weather can be the reason to fail in your attempt to reach your destination. Before you start your adventure check what will be the weather the next days and prepare for it. Learn signs of weather change in order to know what the weather will be in advance as well.
Steep forest paths can be quite dangerous in rain, snow and wind can be a real challenge even for experienced hikers.
On the other hand, hot weather can dehydrate you in just a few hours and it will drain your energy quick. If you are not prepared for weather that finds you in the mountain it is better for you to find shelter and wait there as long as need it.
Choose your place for setting up the tent
Trees can seem to be a good shelter but look around for old trees and branches that don’t look strong and may fall during the stronger wind.
Your tent must be on a high place were water can outflow if starts to rain. It’s better to be far from rivers or springs. Tent should be secured well. Tide it for a near tree or use stones to secure straps of the tent.
Ensure you have enough water
Water is one of the most important things that you need to secure when you’re camping in nature, so you need to know where can you find it and can you drink it – is it safe for your health.
If you are not sure about the water that you find you need to boil it. Remember it is better to over assure that not. Boil it for at least three minutes. You can use filters or chemical, depending on what you prefer.
There is a lot of packs for water purification they are not very expensive but they are really important.
Be careful with fire
Fire is one of the reasons that some places are forbidden for camping. Fire, old trees and dry grass can easily become a forest fire. There are rules for starting fire in nature to learn then to protect the forest.
Don’t start a big fire, make it as big as you need. When you don’t need it anymore extinguish it.
Every time check is there any charcoal left. Use sand or water to be sure that the fire is extinguished.
Be careful with wild animals
Sometime to meet the animal in a forest can be really exciting but it really depends on what animal you see.
If they are cute and fluffy it is fine. But there are animals that you won’t like to see in wild nature, like bears and wolves. There are a lot of information and ways to prevent such an encounter. One of the most efficient ways is to avoid places that are known that bears and wolf inhabit. Don’t leave your food. Don’t fear those wild that you see and keep calm.
Remember that the smallest insects can do the most damage.
Take all safety precautions. Be ready for everything
When you plan camping in wild nature don’t forget to inform you relatives or friends where you are going and how long you will stay, because if something goes wrong there will be someone that knows where to find you.
Take with you fist medical kit it’s 100% a must-have. If you will be in the wild for longer you can take with you a transmitter through which a rescue team can track you.
Leave only steps and nothing behinds
There is a reason national parks and reserves are what they are. Enjoy the view, enjoy your camping but try to have a minimum impact on nature.
Leave it so the people who come after you see what you enjoyed on your adventure. Remember only you are responsible for your actions and your inactivity.