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6 Rules for Wilderness Camping: Know Before You Go

6 Rules for Wilderness Camping: Know Before You Go

 

Introduction

Camping in the wilderness away from the comforts of designated campsites and all the associated amenities can be a daunting prospect for many people. But getting in touch with nature is what more and more people are craving. For people who want to get off the beaten path, camping in this manner without electricity offers just such an experience.

Here are our 6 rules for wilderness camping:

Rule #1 - Bring a power bank to charge your phone and other devices

Although checking your phone too often shouldn’t be on your list of priorities while wilderness camping, for safety’s sake and sheer convenience, you’ll likely be bringing your smartphone with you. If so, a good size power bank that can make multiple charges of your phone is essential. This is particularly true if you’re going to be using your phone as a camera. Power banks have gotten smaller in recent years, and even a 20,000mAh one shouldn’t be too bulky but will have enough power to charge a phone multiple times.

Rule #2 - Prepare exactly what you need

Plan for the amount of days you are going to be camping and exactly what you need for each of those days. Clothes, food and water are the three main essentials. You’re either going be cooking over a campfire, gas stove or some other portable cooking device, and how you choose to eat is an important consideration. Are you going to prepare food in advance for consumption on the trip, cook meals from scratch with ingredients you bring along, or heat up ready-to-eat pouch meals? It’s advisable to bring other foods such as trail mix, nut bars, beef jerky and dried fruits for easy on-the-go snacking when required. It makes sense to camp near a water source but this likely won’t be suitable for drinking, so you’ll either need to bring your own drinking supply or the required items to treat the water so it can be consumed.

Clothes and personal hygiene are other important considerations. Check the weather forecast before you go and get a good idea of both the daytime and nighttime temperatures - plan for cooler nights. Rain can be a real hassle when camping, so check ahead and take plenty of socks if rain is forecast. In addition, choose the right sleeping bag and thickness you require for the climate you’re camping in.

Note: When preparing what to bring, be sure to consider the Leave No Trace principles (rule #6 below).

Rule #3 - Research the area you are camping in

The saying ‘Poor planning produces poor results’ rings very true with wilderness camping. Research the area you’re going to, the terrain, the wildlife, and things like where the nearest point of contact is in an emergency. Take along a map of the area and tell others where you are going and when you plan to return.

Be sure that there are solid and durable surfaces in the area you plan to pitch up. Plus, depending on where you are going camping, certain consideration may need to be given to any potentially dangerous animals. Research ahead, heed all warnings and pay attention to any signs you see.

Rule #4 - Bring a proper source of light

The flashlight function of a smartphone can be very convenient at times, but the camera flash is only designed and powered to light up the immediate area in front of the phone. Plus, you don’t want to be using that to drain down your phone battery. Take a decent-sized flashlight with new or fully charged batteries. Specialized camping lanterns are available and LED headlamps are also great as they don’t take up much space and they free up the hands.

Rule #5 - Take a first-aid kit

A first-aid kit could be the most important item you take with you on your camping trip. Hopefully you’ll never need to use it, but better be safe than sorry. Adhesive dressings, bandages, antiseptic creams, alcohol wipes are just a few of the essentials you’ll need.

Check out the link below to The Geeky Camper for their take on the best camping first aid kit of 2021. → https://thegeekycamper.com/best-camping-first-aid-kits/

Rule #6 - Leave no trace

Leave No Trace is the principle of minimizing your affect on the natural surroundings and promoting conservation when enjoying time in the wilderness.

The 7 principles of Leave No Trace are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire)
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

More info on Leave No Trace can be found here on the National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov/articles/leave-no-trace-seven-principles.htm

What can we take away from wilderness camping?

We believe that mother nature is the world’s best architect, and that there is an endless amount of satisfaction to be had from spending time outdoors. It has been proven that wilderness therapy works, and self-reflection is a beneficial tool we all have access to. Unfortunately that can only be done away from the hustle and bustle of our normal lives, like family, school or work, and things like computers, TV shows and smartphones. Getting away from it all allows us to tap into our hidden potentials and see the world from a different angle.

Whether you are planning a solo camping trip, or going with a partner or group of friends, there is so much to be had from a wilderness camping experience that’ll leave you with a feeling you will never forget.

Happy camping!

The Kovol Blog Team

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Kovol store for all your device charging needs!

 

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