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6 Tips To Make Your Next Camping Trip the Best One Yet

Camping is becoming increasingly popular. It is an affordable way to get away from the hectic pace of everyday life while also reaping some of the benefits of time spent in nature. Whether you are a seasoned camper or just getting started, these tips will help make your next trip a great one.

1. Pack the Right Foods

Camping food can range from gourmet fare to lightweight MREs, depending on what type of camping you are doing. If you will be close to your vehicle or in an RV, you might want to bring multi-day coolers stocked with all the comforts of home. Backcountry camping, on the other hand, will require you to carry everything you need on your back.

Regardless of the type of camping that you have in mind, plan for your nutritional requirements during the trip. This is especially important for backcountry camping where energy and endurance levels need to be sustained. Supplements can help you stay focused and ready to tackle your adventure. Increased energy and physical performance are just a few of the Thrive side effects reported by users, both of which might be helpful in keeping you going strong throughout your camping trip.

2. Choose the Right Campsite

A campsite is more than a place to pitch your tent; it will be your home during your camping trip. That means if there is no access to fresh water, you will need to carry it in or, if there are tons of nats every night, you will have to deal with them. That is why it is so important to choose the right campsite. Do your research ahead of time so you aren't left lugging your gear from place to place. If you are looking for tips on what makes a great campsite, Field & Stream offers several tips that might be helpful.

3. Plan for Bad Weather

Chances are you started planning for a camping trip weeks or months ahead of time. You can take a pretty good guess at what average temperatures will be and whether there is a high likelihood of rain or snow, but you won't be able to narrow that down until right before the trip. Be prepared with a rain fly, a couple of trash bags to keep gear dry, and extra socks. After all, wet feet can ruin a camping trip faster than just about anything else.

4. Bring a Charger

Lightweight chargers won't add a lot to your pack and are definitely worth adding to your gear list. While there will probably not be an outlet for you to charge a laptop, a small solar charger or battery back can be an important component of any camping trip. Not only will you be able to take extra pictures of the incredible scenery, but you will also be able to communicate distress in the event of an emergency.

5. Be Prepared for Bugs

Anytime you are going to be out in nature, there will be bugs and other nuisance critters. Plan for insects ahead of time by packing a repellant that you know works. Bugs can be more than annoying; some carry dangerous diseases, too. Both mosquitos and ticks are potential vectors of diseases including Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, encephalitis and Zika. Treat your clothes and gear with an approved insect repellent ahead of time. Many last for several weeks after application. You can also purchase gear that has been pretreated. Always follow manufacturer's instructions when using chemical repellents.

6. Tell Someone Your Plans

This should be a critical component of any camping plan. Make sure that someone who is not going on the trip knows about where you will be, what you are planning to do and when you expect to get back home. If something goes wrong, this person will likely be the reason someone comes looking for you.

A little planning to choose the right campsite, pack appropriate food and avoid insects can help you have a great trip. Be prepared for emergencies and bad weather with a lightweight charger, emergency plan and rain gear just in case something goes wrong.

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