Here are a few basics to keep in mind, so you can avoid these common camping fails next time you head out into nature.
Camping is a great way to bring your friends and family closer together. There is nothing like heading out into nature to enjoy the surroundings, have a few drinks, hang around a fire, and just relax. However, it doesn’t always go according to plan, and it can lead to some funny fails. This is especially true for novice or less experienced campers.
Without the proper skills and knowledge, camping can quickly turn into an onslaught of mishaps. Learning from your mistakes and those of others is the best way to gain and improve these skills. We’ve compiled some of our favorite photos and videos of epic camping disasters.
Camp Location is Key
If you choose not to stay at a campground, your campsite’s location is very important. It can make the difference between a fun trip or a disaster. Never set up too close to a body of water or the bottom of a hill, where possible flooding can occur.
Set Up Camp Before You Start Drinking
One of the most important things to do when you first arrive at your campsite is get organized and set up everything. You might want to start having fun right away, but trust me, it will pay off later when you are ready to hit the hay.
Remember to Pack – and Know How to Use – Cooking Utensils
Cooking over a campfire is a learned skill and an art. You will have a difficult time if you do not have the right utensils for the job. I guess you could always luck out and find a random grocery cart in the woods to cook on!
Learn to Set Up Your Tent Before You Actually Need to Use It
Unless you have a camper, you are going to need a tent. Learn how to assemble your tent before heading out to camp. While it might be very entertaining for onlookers, it can be very frustrating to take hours to throw up a tent.
Never Forget the Can Opener
This is the worst feeling in the world: bringing a lot of canned goods and forgetting your can opener. I have done it and ended up having to use a hatchet to beat open cans the entire time we were camping. Now, I keep a can opener in my truck at all times.
Learn How to Start and Maintain a Fire
A campfire is probably the first image in everyone’s mind when they think of camping. Your campfire is the hang out spot and the place you cook your food and stay warm. It really is the heart of any camp. Knowing how to properly start and maintain a fire is an essential outdoor skill.
Secure Your Site From Animals
This rule applies to camping anywhere larger animals are on the hunt for food, especially bears. Keep your food locked away, pick up your garbage, and take extra care when you cook. Not only will wild animals destroy your gear and campsite, you could be put yourself in harms way. Sometimes, it is just unavoidable.
Monitor the Weather Before Planning Your Trip
Always monitor the weather while planning your trip and prior to heading out. Nothing can kill the fun or end a trip quicker than bad weather. A severe storm like the one in this video can be extremely dangerous.