Some say that the most unpredictable moments are also the most memorable. Nothing can be more spontaneous than going on a last-minute camping trip with friends or family. Although the thought of a last-minute camping trip is exciting, don't let that excitement lead you to overlook the essentials. Here are three things to check before heading off to your camping trip.
Double Check the Basics
Double-checking the basics is a must-do when it comes to camping. The last thing you want is to get to your camping site ready for a night of roughing it only to find your tent torn to shreds. This can be avoided by quickly laying out all the equipment necessary for your last-minute camping trip. Always makes sure that not only is the tent in good shape but so are its various components. Next, take a look at your food supply. If you are like most campers, you will no doubt be taking a grill to cook some hotdogs for the family. Make sure that your grill is in working condition, clean and stocked up with enough propane to last you the trip.
Bring Some Friends
Camping is great on its own, but it's even better with friends. Consider inviting some of your closest friends to join you on the trip. Make sure you have a big enough vehicle so that you can fit everyone and your gear. You could also rent a pickup truck that has multiple seating options and enough room in the back for everyone's supplies. If the group of friends coming along gets too large to ride in one vehicle, don't stress; you can always rent a larger car, such as a van, or simply take multiple vehicles to your campsite.
Like anything that involves some level of risk, campers must always make sure to take a quick audit of their first-aid kit. Cuts can get quickly infected if they're not cleaned and bandaged right away. Therefore, campers should make sure that their first aid kit is fully stocked with the necessary bandages, ice packs, disinfectants and other necessary tools for performing first aid.
Deciding to take a last-minute camping trip can be both an exciting and challenging experience. However, those challenges can be greatly reduced when you make sure you have everything you need to make the trip go smoothly. Remember the three B's—basics, buddies and Band-aids—for an enjoyable time in nature.