3 Helpful Tactics To Use When Camping In Remote Areas That You Need To Know
Camping is exciting, fun and full of surprises. I just had mine a few months ago and it was an amazingly wonderful experience. Well, true, it was a little bit dangerous and exhausting but at the same time a good exercise. I felt happy and energized inside.Camping in remote areas is not a joke with just ourselves to rely on. But a friend that was with us who knows about the place gave me a reason not to worry. I brought along my camera to take pictures in the scenery as we passed by. I tell you, not everything goes as planned, but at the end, we all just laughed about it.
Let me share with you some tactics that I have learned when camping far from the city.Are you ready?
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#1. Prepare to bring what is essential. Not too much nor too less
It’s not going to be just a few hours of fun and relaxing. Camping in remote areas would mean a lot of walking, river tricking or sometimes climbing. It depends on where you like to go. Bringing the right stuff is important especially if you plan to stay in a few nights.
Below are the necessary things that you need to prepare:
Our first priority is to protect ourselves. I do wear outfits that suits the weather and the kind of terrain I’ll be going to. Whichever it may be, hats, gloves, boots, jackets, and pants are my first choices. Anything sturdy enough to protect my hands and feet from rough trails and protect my body from scratches, stings, cold or heat of the sun.
Going to a place that is far from home is serious. I can’t just go back and buy some provisions. So, it is advisable to bring water (7 liters is enough for a 3-day trip) and the right kind of food for my nourishment. Freeze dried food is a good idea.
Choose a sturdy backpack to place extra clothing, reliable safety gadgets (first aid kits, flashlight, knife) and gears. I make sure that the navigation tools are complete too. Maps and compass are useful.
A common use for shelter during camping is the tent. I have a tent that is good for two. It is convenient to bring along since its neither too heavy or big. A solo tent is handier too.
I carefully check my tent’s condition before I pack it. I spend the time to fix a tent zipper or a rip. I can’t afford to ruin the trip by going unprepared.
Related: The 5 Most Popular 4 Person Tent For Camping.
#2. Choose just the right spot for a campsite in a remote area
Our group chose the mountains this time. However, we need to pass through rough terrains and trails near the river before we get there. It does not matter where you’ll like to go, be sure to know the appropriate spot for a campsite.
Pick a durable and flat location to camp on. Find a level ground to set up your tent. I usually choose a spot far from a cliff but still gives me the advantage of seeing the whole view. A flat ground means a good night sleep.
Stay away from areas prone to landslides or floods. I make it a point to educate myself first by knowing the wildlife and the danger zones before I decide to go. It would be terrible to encounter bears!
Don’t stay too close to waters
For me knowing that there’s water close by is convenient. It’s easier when I think about washing purposes. Yet, we campers need to be careful not to contaminate the water source.
I try not to set up camp too near the waters. I’m scared I would wake up being washed away by the river. 200 feet away is safe enough. Just in case things get rough like unexpected rain or a sudden down of temperature, I made sure to waterproof my tent.
Put into consideration the sun and wind exposure
When others are busy looking for their spot, I have already decided to set up my tent. The shade of the tree nearby is perfect to block away from the sun. If I plan to do more camping in the future, I’ve got to take good care of my tent. Aside from the fact that direct exposure to sunlight could damage its quality, I don’t want waking up like I’m inside a sauna bath!
Daylight considered, I did not forget about the wind. My door is facing away from the wind direction avoiding strong gusts. It makes certain that I am staying warm in the night.
#3. Keep in mind some extra precautions
- Know the law of the place where you want to go to. We do not want to be fined, being shot or thrown in jail, do we?
- Leave no trace. Be vigilant in keeping the place unharmed. Leave the spot in the same condition as you’ve found it.
- Check the weather before you leave. If you discovered it is not safe, don’t hesitate to go back or postpone the trip. Better safe than sorry.
- Be alert! There could be hunters, animal traps, landmines or quicksand nearby.
- All food should be placed where animals can’t reach. Imagine waking up with nothing to eat!
- Know how to apply first aid treatment. I took a short class on CPR and familiarization of first aid tool and application. I thought I could be useful in times of emergency.
- Always let somebody know where you’re going. Me? I call my mom and some friends to let them know where I’ll be camping. This case, someone would be looking for me if I don’t come home as expected.
- Don’t go alone. In case you’re injured, there is nobody to help you. Last year, I made it with a guide. Having somebody around who knows the area and is experienced in camping is an asset.
- Most importantly, be physically fit for it.
Well, I guess, that wraps it all up. I am now ready to go! Hopefully, I’ve been a big help with your planning. Now, it’s your turn to share your tactics!
Laura is the founder of CleverAdventurer, where she shares her knowledge, tips about hiking, camping, backpacking in the wild. She is a young blogger who is very passionate about outdoor activities. She wishes to share her experience during the adventure with people who have the same passion.