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How to Get Ready for a Weekend Camping Trip
Camping is Wilderness and Humans, One on One
Have You Ever Been?
Have you ever been camping?
Priorities When Camping
There are some things to think about before going camping. You will need to know if there's a charge to camp and also what facilities are available to the campers. Finding out whether or not a place to take a shower and use the restroom are important things to know before you go camping. The great thing about living in Alabama, is that we have so many great parks to camp out. It is amazing to me that you can drive just a little bit and have such beautiful scenery.
First Aid Supplies
A small box of supplies is good to have available. Band aids, Neosporin, Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Advil. gloves, scissors, gauze, tape and a few other supplies are good to take just in case.
There's a great chance that you will not even need any of these supplies but, it gives me peace of mind if something does happen and you are in the middle of the woods, then you will be better equipped to handle minor accidents.
Bring plenty of extra bottled water, bring snacks such as cookies or chips. Sandwich meats that don't have to be cooked are an easier idea unless, you are going to be staying for a week and want to cook by campfire. It is fun to me to cook by the campfire and cooking the fish that you catch is a great meal to me. Oil for frying fish and a fish fryer is a great addition to the camp grounds and of course you can fry other things as well.
You will want to bring the following when you fish. You will want to be sure and bring a rod and reel extra hooks, bobbers, fishing line, lures, bait. Depending on the type of fish that you will be trying to catch will depend on the type of lures and bait that you will need. If you have a boat that you will be taking on your trip, you can store the fish in the live well but, if you don't have a boat, then you will need a cooler to store the fish in. Equipment to clean the fish such as a fish scaler, knives and an electric knife can be very helpful, if you catch a lot of fish.
A tent will be needed in my opinion to truly be camping. Tents are quite reasonable, and there are several that are so large they have different rooms so that adults and children can have their own space. I have a two man tent and it's quite large. I sleep on one side and store my stuff on the other side. Pillows and blankets are needed as well as sleeping bags. It is quite cozy when set up correctly.
Hiking boots are a good thing to bring with you in case you want to go exploring. Timberland's are a good brand of boots for the trails. They will protect your ankle from getting twisted because the sides of the boot comes up around your ankle. They will guard you against snake bites because the boots are so thick. The tread on the boots will keep your feet firmly on the trail and help you grip the path.
Towels are a good thing to bring in case you go swimming but, also in case there's a place to shower, you surely want to be able to dry your hair if you are female and you want to be able to dry off.
Bug spray is a great product to have on a camping trip. You want to repel the mosquitoes as much as possible. Candles that repel mosquitoes are great to bring on the trip as well. If you are going to camp for a week, these items may come to good use.
Lime is good to sprinkle around the camp site if you are going to be there for a week. This will be good in keeping the snakes away from the camp. Also, camp fires help keep away snakes as well as flies and other bugs.
Lanterns or flashlights are a great item to bring to a camp site for light at night. In the summer, it is nice to know that it really doesn't get dark here in Alabama until 8:00 at night. So, the lanterns are a nice touch a night around the campfire.
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Being outdoors and sitting around a campfire, has to be one of my favorite activities. I love being outside more than I like being inside. Finding that perfect camping spot in the summer and going to take it easy is so much fun. Enjoying the peace of the simple life for just a minute allows you to step back from the rat race that we call life and catch a break for a moment.
Alabama is not called Alabama The Beautiful for nothing. There are several state parks that have the places for camping. Be sure to check with each park because each one has different restrictions as far as camp grounds. Some have tents while others have log cabins or spaces for RV Camping.
I hope that you will feel free to leave your comments at the bottom of this hub. Where is your favorite place to camp?
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