Have you always wanted to camp and see the stars, but don't know what to bring or how to prepare for it? Our Beatnik & Sons Guide brings you the top tips and suggestions for your next adventure
Whether you are a professional or a beginner, camping is always an adventure. And here at Beatnik & Sons we are always encouraging you to explore your limits and carry out the adventures of your dreams. That's why we created this Beatnik & Sons Guide to help adventurers in this world.
And the first adventure is: camping! That's right. Who has never had the dream of being isolated in the middle of nature, watching the stars without the interference of city lights and who knows if they know a little better. And in a world with coronavirus, getting away from nature, far from the city, ends up being a great idea.
Here are some tips on what to bring, what you need to keep in mind for camping, some tips on places and how to prepare. So, when you are about to start your adventure, use this guide as a checklist of what you need. Let's go?
First things first
Here you need an exercise in self-knowledge and a dash of creativity. The ideal place for camping depends on several factors, including your personal taste. There are people who like to stay in dense woods, others love to sleep near a waterfall. Or, those who prefer to go to private campsites with all the structure for the activity.
In any case, it is necessary to consider issues of nature, such as terrain and climate. For example, if you are going to be near a waterfall or river, or in a region with a lot of humidity, it is necessary to waterproof some of your belongings.
If you are in a place that is very cold, you must not forget to bring thermal clothes to protect yourself. Now if it is a place with a high incidence of sun and heat, a good sunscreen will be your best friend during the trip.
Also consider transportation. Is the camping or the chosen place easily accessible? Is it near an emergency point? Will it be necessary to bring insect repellents? Put it all on the edge of the paper.
Before preparing your journey it is necessary to know everything possible about the place you will be staying. We often forget to consider these details, which end up being relevant to the success of your experience during the journey.
What to take for a camping trip
After choosing where you're going to camp, it's time to pack. But what do you necessarily need to bring in a camp? This question that may seem difficult to answer, but, in fact, is not that complicated.
First, think about how many people you are going to camp. If it is between one or two, it is necessary to optimize what will be taken to not have too much weight. Now, if it is a group trip, you may be able to take more objects, as long as the weight is balanced between all.
Consider that you will need items for shelter, clothing, hygiene, cooking, hydration, first aid and survival.
See the checklist:
- -Tent (obvious);
- -Sleeping bag;
- -Awning to protect the tent from rain and sun;
- -Air mattress and filling pump;
- -Pillows or cushions (if you want you can take tables and chairs for camping, if you have space);
- -Old newspaper paper, which you can protect your belongings or make a fire;
Regarding clothing, pay attention to the weather. If the adventure happens during spring or summer, bring light and comfortable clothes such as T-shirts, tank tops, shorts and shorts. If during fall and winter, long pants, second skin, jackets, gloves and hats will protect you from the cold. Remembering that nature environments tend to be cooler and cooler than in the big city, which absorbs heat in the immensity of concrete.
However, no matter the weather, there is always a checklist of clothes you need to follow:
- -Water resistant backpack with easy access pockets (we have it!);
- -Comfortable track shoes or boots;
- -Pair of slippers;
- -Underwear and swimwear;
- -Thick socks;
- -Raincoat (you never know, right?);
- -An extra coat in case the weather changes and gets cold;
- -Sunglasses, caps and hoods to protect from the sun;
It is important that your clothes are light, your pair of sneakers is ideal for long walks and that it does not hurt your foot. Of course, it's always nice to have that extra coat in case it gets cold out of nowhere.
To protect yourself from the rain it is easier to take a waterproof cover than an umbrella. Since you have to keep holding it at all times, when you need to use both hands, the umbrella can be more of a hindrance than a help.
And of course, it is also necessary to take personal care items, such as:
- -Shampoo and conditioner;
- -Toilet paper;
- -Toothpaste and toothbrush;
- -Fluffy towels;
- -Medicines such as antiallergic and anti-inflammatory;
- -Cotton buds;
- -Dressings and gauze of different sizes
- -Repellents (if we already said, we will repeat)
- -Wet wipes;
- -Pointless scissors;
Of course, this will depend a lot on your adventure. If you are only staying one night, for example, you may not need some medication, or scissors. But if your adventure is going to last more than three days, stay tuned to the short list with everything you will need.
For all situations, some items cannot be missing whatever your adventure, such as:
- -Photo camera to record the trip;
- -Sisal ropes or cables;
- -Bags for dirty and wet clothes;
- -Trash bags;
- -Cleaning cloths;
- -Personal documents (will not travel without a document, huh)
Surviving in the camp
To survive the adventure, we need food. If your camping does not include meals, you need to be prepared to eat and have equipment for this.
- -What to eat / drink
- -Water (most importantly) and canteens or bottles;
- -Various fruits that help in hydration, such as apple, pear, banana;
- -Vegetables that do not need cooking, such as cucumbers or carrots;
- -Foods that don't need to be in the fridge and last longer;
- -Ready or semi-ready foods, such as canned beans and instant noodles;
Are you one of those adventurers who like a challenge and want to build a fire in order to cook? Some kitchen equipment may also be needed if you are going to be camping for a long time.
- -Receptacles such as thermal bags;
- -Detergents and garbage bags (you won't leave garbage in the wild, okay?)
- -Cups. Not plastics, it may seem more useful, but they only take up space and are difficult to handle. Prefer the metal ones;
- -Lunch boxes, mugs and portable cutlery;
- -Stove or gas cylinder suitable for camping;
In some campsites, there are already kitchens equipped with gas and stoves to be used by adventurers. Thus, you will only need to take the pans and the food you want to consume. So it is important to pay close attention to what the chosen place offers. If you are one of those who will venture out on their own, then remember to pack all of these items (if not all, most at least).
You may need other items in an emergency:
- -GPS or compass;
- -Knife or machete in dense vegetation;
- -Whistle for help;
- -Multifunctional pocket knife;
- -Electrical tape or silver tape;
- -Batteries and batteries for your flashlights or cell phone;
- -Flint or fire starters to keep warm;