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How to Camp Like a Pro

Are you getting ready to hit the road and plan your next multiple-day camping trip? Perhaps you already have a location in mind, and you are excitedly packing your car and your bag with all of the essentials. For you, camping is something that comes naturally. It excites you, and you live for those three-day weekends where you can get the most sun and fresh air possible.

Whether you are a first-time camper, or you have been on the scene for many years, there are a variety of different things you can do to up your camping game. If you want to make the most out of any campsite or camping experience, our simple guide can help you advance your skills to the next level. Here’s how to camp like a pro.

Eat Right

Eating isn’t the only thing you think about when planning a camping trip – however, it can be one of the most essential for a safe and happy trip. If you know what will be available to you at your campground, you can create a diverse menu that is sure to bring in the flavors and fill you up. Make sure to eat foods that will energize and strengthen you, as you may have a full day of backpacking ahead.

If you are bringing cookware to your campsite, you should invest in cast iron. Cast iron skillets and pans are very durable and can be used to cook just about anything. Think of recipes that work well in one pot, such as soups and stews.

Watch Your Surroundings

Selecting the right campground can come down to a science. There are plenty of factors you may want to watch out for, including:

The risk of falling trees

The number of accommodations available (picnic tables, cooking areas, fire pits, electrical outlets, dump stations, etc.)

The direction of the wind

The direction of the sunrises and sunsets

Once you have taken all of these things into mind, you can easily choose which campsite will best suit your needs. Do you want something that is very rural, with no accommodations? Do you want something that has a comfortable amount of accommodations, but still has a nice view? Regardless of what you’re looking for, you can find it as long as you are aware of the warning signs.

Have the Right Shelter

Having the right type of shelter is almost as important as being aware of your campground’s surroundings. You need to consider what kind of tent or sleeping arrangement you will need for your particular area. Do you have a lot of storage? If so, invest in a double-door tent. Are you camping alone, and you aren’t storing many items? Perhaps a sleeping pad or even a hammock will suit you nicely. Plus, they are easy to carry around and do not require much room in your bag. (

Remember to get the proper amount of sleep. Sleeping well can help your body recover and rejuvenate in a healthy way, giving you the strength needed for your next epic adventure the next day.(

Consult the Checklist

It can be exhausting to make a checklist of all the things you may need on your camping trip, but the reward is well worth the effort. Do you have your tent pegs? Did you bring a pillow and blanket for when you sleep? Do you have proper clothing? Are you protected against the sun? ( These questions and more can help you understand what’s needed to enhance your experience – make sure you understand what it takes to camp like a pro.