On a whim, Claire and her friends decided to head around the bay for a true May 24th adventure. However, once they arrived, they realized it's a little more than pitching a tent required for their camping weekend to go smoothly...
May 24th is finally here, and that means one thing - it's time to get the camping gear ready, your RV out of hibernation, and set off for the first outdoor adventure of the summer! But if you need a quick refresher of all things outdoors & camping, Wedgwood's camping fanatic Sherry has you covered.
Sherry has heard tales from weekend warriors like herself and knows there are things you can do to have a fun and safe time camping.
Whether you're going camping for the long weekend or just getting ready for the upcoming summer months, there are a few simple tips and tricks that will make a big difference with your time spent with Mother Nature. And let's be honest, there are thousands of tips & tricks you've heard and read about, but here are my favorite tips that will make you a happy camper.
1 ) Head Lamp + Jug of Water = Instant Lantern
Sometimes a flashlight isn't enough to guide you safely around the campsite or even just the tent. Take the flashlight or a headlamp and strap it to a gallon jug of water. It will fill your entire tent with ambient lighting and makes a great substitute for a lantern!
2 ) Use Your Favourite Bag of Chips As a Fire Starter
Starting a fire and keeping it burning can sometimes be such a pain. To help, if you have a bag of chips handy, they can function as a fire starter due to the grease and fat content of the chips.
Light a few chips or the bag with a match and it will burn for several minutes. While it is burning, place light & dry wood on top to keep it burning, and you will be all set for the s'mores!
3 ) If You're Going Hiking, Bring Tape To Mark Your Journey
It wouldn't be a camping trip without going for a hike! However getting lost is never fun and you will be surprised how many times people get off track while going for a hike. It may seem like a no brainer but if you decide to go on a hike off the beaten tracks, bring along bright or reflective tape, or some rope to mark your journey.
4 ) Create Your Own "Wood" Stove
One of the coolest tips we have come across and one to make your camping trip an unforgettable experience is creating your own "wood" stove. It's called a "Swedish Fire Torch" and it is basically a method of cooking outdoors that provides heat and a stove top to cook on!
To learn how to build one just click here, but to be safe, make sure you build one on bare patches of dirt and 15 meters away from any tent or cabin before starting it.
5 ) Cabin Made Fly Trap
Camping wouldn't be complete without the mosquitoes and insects bugging you throughout your trip, and sometime insect repellent isn't enough to keep them away. To fight back against the pests, create your own fly trap!
All you need is a re-purposed plastic bottle, water, and some rotten or overripe fruit, and you will be good to go. It's quick & easy, and it will surely make a big difference to your trip! To learn how to make one, just click here.
When in Doubt, Be Prepared
No matter where or how long you go for, it's best to always be prepared for a camping trip - especially in Newfoundland. We are notorious for our unpredictable weather, and if all else fails... there's an app for that!
If you feel that you might need some more handy tips for camping, Parks Canada has a "Learn To Camp" App that is packed with information you need to make your camping trip a success!
Until next time in the Wedgwood Life Series