When going camping, most people choose to pitch up in a campsite. However, you don’t have to stay in a campsite – instead, you could try wild camping. This can save you money on campsite fees and give you more freedom as to where you travel. It does however mean sacrificing the security and small comforts (i.e. no bathroom facilities) that come with a campsite. As a result, wild camping requires a little more preparation. Here are just a few tips for making your wild camping trip a success.
Research the area beforehand
Wild camping isn’t legal in some places and could result in hefty fines. There could also be local hazards to be wary of such as dangerous wildlife or natural disasters. For this reason, it’s important to research the area you plan to camp out in first.
Bring the right tent
When wild camping, you need a decent tent. Certain terrains and climates may require specialist tents. For instance, if you’re camping in the Sonoran desert, it’s worth researching into the very best tents for camping in the desert so that you can find one that will stay cool. Similarly, there may be specific tents that are better suited to camping out in wet climates or in cold climates.
If you’re looking to camp off the beaten track, it could mean taking a hike – in which case you don’t want to be lugging around lots of stuff. Try to pack light. Pack only the clothes you need and look for lightweight camping solutions when it comes to tools.
Bring a gas stove
Campfires can be dangerous in the wild and may not be permitted in many places. A gas stove is a better option for cooking food on (even if it doesn’t have the same romantic feel as an open campfire). It’s worth shopping around for a good gas stove – some have windproof devices that allow them to stay alight in windy weather so that you’re not having to constantly relight them.
Keep food well sealed
Food will attract bugs such as ants, as well as rodents. Make sure that any food you bring is kept in a sealed container so that animals aren’t able to detect the scent. Plastic containers are your best bet.
Learn to filter and purify water
Not camping on a campsite means having to do without water on tap. If you’re in the wilderness and you need water, it can be useful knowing how to filter and purify rainwater. There are kits and guides available online that can help you to do this.
Watch where you do your business
You should avoid going to the toilet in a stream or lake as not to contaminate it (it could be a drinking water source for animals or other humans). Instead, choose to do your business away from water. When it comes to number twos, dig a hole and bury it if you can