On Camping Equipment and Etiquette
Thus, preparation for a camping activity is not just about equipment. It’s also about being fully informed of the nature of the activity before actually going into it. This includes being aware of what your surroundings will be like during the activity and what activities you’ll be engaging in as part of the camping experience. It also includes knowing the people you will be spending time with during the campout.
Most family campouts are usually held in public camping grounds. It’s possible that when you go there, other families and groups will be using the place to camp out as well. Or you could be part of a large camping event, where everyone comes together in one campsite. Being considerate and mindful of your fellow campers is essential to a better camping experience.
For one thing, you always have to keep the noise down. Sound travels farther in open spaces. Make sure that you don’t disturb other campers with your noise, especially at night.
But more than that, you have to respect the camping space. It’s not just about keeping the environment clean, but it’s also about making sure that the campsite is readily usable for other campers as well. Clean up after yourselves and make sure that your camping equipment isn’t placed in spots that will get in the way of other campers. Remember to fully extinguish campfires before leaving in order to ensure the safety of everyone.
You also have to make sure that you come to the campsite with all your camping equipment ready. You don’t want to end up being a bother to your fellow campers because you needed to borrow whatever it is that you forgot to pack with you. In a group camping activity, everyone comes prepared – so should you.
Speaking of camping equipment, make sure that yours is reliable for the whole duration of the camping activity. Make sure that your camping gear as well as your tent and backpack are durable enough to withstand the rough weather and terrain of the camping area.
One good place to canvas for equipment is the army surplus. These are surplus military issued equipment that is being sold at discount prices, either auctioned by the government or distributed by third party merchandisers. They might be discounted, but you’re sure that they’re very durable because they were originally designed for the military. You can find good tents and backpacks there.
So keep in mind that next time you’re planning a family vacation, camping on common grounds is no longer just about your family’s personal camping experience. It’s also about making sure that it’s a good and memorable camping experience of your fellow campers as well.