Proper preparation is some of the best advice any camper can give you. Make sure to plan where you will be camping at, how much you are wanting to spend, what all you need to bring, when you expect to be returning and who you need to inform in case of an accident. Having your trip planned out will make it less likely to run into a hiccup while traveling.
One of the first thing to look into while picking a campsite is cost. With the amount of campsites there are, it is likely that there will be one in a relatively close distance that can meet your budget. Do not be afraid to do some shopping around to find a campsite that is right for you.
Another important aspect of campsites is the activities that they offer. Call the park or visit the park’s website to find out if they offer things such as a pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, a rec room. Knowing what all is available will help you enjoy your stay to the fullest. Also check and see what facilities are on the campgrounds. Many places offer public restrooms, showers, snack bars, or even restaurants.
When camping with a family make sure to pick a campsite with plenty of activities and that is well rated. Do not forget to pack enough food and supplies for everyone. Most importantly make sure to have a relaxing and fun time. Camping is a wonderful thing that brings families together!
Be sure to make sure pets are allowed before you bring any animals with you. Fire regulations change from area to area, so find out if campfires are allowed before you start one. There can be large fines for disobeying the local fire regulations. A last thing to double check while picking a campsite is if your tent or recreational vehicle can fit in the designated spot. This is a common mistake that is easily avoided.
While camping, make sure to leave everything as it was before you were there. Do NOT leave trash behind. Do NOT carve you and your crushes initials into the trees or rocks. It is extremely disrespectful and is just downright tacky. It is a good idea to find out what the parks rules are and always follow them.
Let someone know of your plans. For longer journeys make sure to tell someone information such as the path you will be taking, where you will be camping at, and a way to contact you. It is always better to be safe than sorry. A good service to look into is SafeCheckIn.com. For a small fee, you can tell them some information about your trip and when you should be returning. If you fail to check in with them at a time designated by you, SafeCheckIn will attempt to call you, your emergency contacts or the local authorities if necessary.
Be wary of scam artists. That is not saying that you should not meet new people and enjoy the company of others, but scam artists will often be some of the nicest people you will ever meet so keep an eye out. They like to target travelers and tourists, and there is almost nothing that will ruin a vacation quicker than getting scammed.
Know your strengths and do not overdo yourself. Since you will be alone, it is important to keep in mind that an accident has the potential to be a lot worse due to the lack of immediate help. There is no shame in taking it easy. Again, it is better to be safe than sorry!