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)
- lightweight tarp
- sleeping bag
- camp pillow
- trail map (sometimes cell reception can be sketchy out there)
- GPS / Compass
- cell phone
- knife / multi-tool
- first aid kit
- insect repellent
- fire starter
- water – food – snacks
- water purifier
- rain gear
- thermal blanket
- extra clothing
- extra battery or charging system for electronics
- wipes / toilet paper
- prescription medication
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.
GET OUT THERE!