Hints & Tips For A Wild Camping Experience With Family
If you really want to see the country in all its glory, nothing can give you more insight than a wild camping experience. Forget about the comforts of a campsite and the luxuries of a hotel, this experience will be raw, visceral, and can be uncompromising – but ultimately, it’s a lot of fun for all the family.
However, there are a few dangers involved with wild camping, of course. And we’re going to go through a few of the essential things you must do and check before you take your family away into the great outdoors. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about taking a safe and secure wild camping vacation.
Choosing the right spot
Be careful that you go through your potential destinations carefully. The last thing you want on your wild camping trip is to get into trouble with the law or a landowner who doesn’t appreciate your presence. Just because a beautiful site is in open land doesn’t mean it won’t belong to someone, unfortunately. At the same time, be wary of pitching up too close to any wildlife. Bears, coyotes, and other dangerous animals are a big issue for campers across much of the country that will have their interest piqued by the smell of your food.
Bring the right kit
There is a lot to bring with you for your wild camping experience – too much to list in this particular post. In simple terms, however, the idea is to bring as many of your home comforts you think you will need for everyone – particularly the kids – to enjoy their trip rather than endure it. Check out this list of camping essentials to get you started, and always remember that this experience should be about having fun, not an endurance event.
Upgrade your vehicle.
As partsengine explain, you need to consider a different way of driving when you try and take on the great outdoors. You will need to look at upgrading your suspension, swapping your tires for something more appropriate to rough terrain than roads, and you should never assume that just because you own an SUV or Jeep, it can take you anywhere. Most of the new SUVs you see on the streets these days wouldn’t last five minutes offroad. Don’t forget about buying or hiring a trailer, too, especially if you have a lot of camping gear.
Leave everything as you found it
Make sure you are keeping the site as clean as possible, and always clear up after eating, dispose of waste correctly, and keep food covered to avoid giving off scents to the local wildlife. It’s a good idea to pitch up near fresh water, too, so you always have access to hydration – but stay around 200 yards or so from the banks as the environment around water can be a little on the delicate side.
Communicate your location
Finally, always tell people exactly where you are going. In the event of an emergency, it could make a big difference to the health and safety of you and your family. Have a great trip!