Let’s Go Camping

With spring in full bloom across most of our country, and with many of the Covid-19 restrictions lifted, or relaxed, there is no better time than now, to start planning your getaway into the great outdoors.

Planning is Essential

Planning the first back-packing – camping adventure of the season, might just be in order!

Many State Parks have designated hiking trails and campsites available. A quick search will reveal possibilities near your location.

If you have been inactive all winter, like most of us, then you may want to start with a moderate camping adventure; in other words, don’t bite off more than you can chew!

A 10-mile hike over rough terrain, may a little more than you bargained for right now; don’t be afraid start out small.

One of the things we know we should do, but often overlook, is proper preparation and planning, for our camping experience.

Make a List – Check it Twice

Nature can be unpredictable, so it is worth the extra time, making sure you are thoroughly prepared before heading out. Consider the following checklist:

  • large frame back-pack (depending on the duration of your trip)
  • hiking boots / shoes
  • quality tent (make sure you have ALL the stakes, ropes and poles)
  • hatchet
  • paracord
  • lightweight tarp
  • sleeping bag
  • camp pillow
  • trail map (sometimes cell reception can be sketchy out there)
  • GPS / Compass
  • cell phone
  • knife / multi-tool
  • sunscreen
  • first aid kit
  • insect repellent
  • flashlight
  • fire starter
  • whistle
  • water – food – snacks
  • water purifier
  • rain gear
  • thermal blanket
  • extra clothing
  • camera
  • extra battery or charging system for electronics
  • wipes / toilet paper
  • binoculars
  • prescription medication
  • gloves

The list here is only a suggestion; as you prepare for your outdoor adventure, you may think of other items to toss in your pack too.

Being prepared can be the difference between having a memorable adventure, or fighting for your life in the wilderness.

Journal Your Adventure

We would also suggest that you also find room for a compact journal to take along. Getting outdoors can be exhilarating; even inspirational, and having a place to record favorite places along the way, wildlife encounters, GPS way-points, and your thoughts of the day, can be of great value when you get home.

We can help with that. We have developed a camping journal; small enough to fit in your pack, but with enough room to record every important step along the way. It even contains helpful tips should you become lost, along with a comprehensive checklist to review before heading out.

Stop by our website at www.abidingline.com and take a look.

We have Adventure Journals for Day-Hiking, Fishing, and Off Roading.


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