If you are looking to make your next camping trip a great one, you have come to the right place. The joys of the great outdoors can be maximized by a little planning on your part. Here, a few tips to make your next trip a success:

1. Choose a good location.

One of the best things you can do to have a good camping trip is to pick a great location from the start. With the rise of camping review sites on the web, there is no reason why you can’t find a good location that will work for your group. Some things you should look for in a site are beautiful views, seclusion from people, nearby water source, and the best time of year to go for that site. All of these tips will help you narrow down your list to sites that will have less obstacles and distractions for your group.

2. Get equipment that suits your party.

This means to simply review your current camping equipment and make additions that are needed to accommodate your group. For instance, if someone in your party will need something better to sleep on than a sleeping pad, opt for a camping air mattress or camping cot. Also, if someone will need a portable shower, bring one along. The goal here is to be as accommodating as you can for the others in your group. This will result in you having a happier group making for a better camping trip for everyone.

3. Have a safety plan.

The scouts had it right. You should be prepared. Spend some time before the trip planning out some basic safety contingencies. You should know where the nearest hospital is, local supply store and know where existing landmarks are to help guide your map navigation. Tell all the members of your group beforehand so that they all know what to do in the event of an emergency  and use first aid kit. Hopefully, you will never need to implement your safety plan. However, if an emergency does occur, your planning may be critical to helping keeping your group safe.

4. Tailor your cooking to your audience.

Cooking on a camping trip will never be quite like cooking at home as it tends to be messier and more problematic. For this reason, you should plan to scale down your cooking, especially if your group is not big on this aspect of camping. However, if you know your group will appreciate good cooking, use pre-prepared foods to help make your load as a cook easier. This will cut down your cooking time and make your group happy.

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5. Allocate down time.

One of the best things you can do on your trip is to plan for there to be time to do nothing. One of the joys of a camping trip is to simply sit around the campfire and take in some of your campsite’s scenery. Do not rob your group of this joy. Be sure to give them some down time to simply relax. After all, this is a vacation.

These tent camping tips are a good starting point to improve your next camping trip.

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