You never know when the wanderer inside you takes a jolt and you pack your bags and run off to the mountains! #TheHillsAreCalling. While there are plenty of things to do when you are out there, the very first thing that you'll need to do there is to set up a camp for yourself. And when you do, it is absolutely necessary that you keep in mind these basic rules while you set up a camp in the natural world –
1.) List out all the camping places and spots
While choosing a site to set up a camp take care to keep it away from the mountains or any forest areas. The mountains are usually home to a number of wild animals and strange plants which you do not want to come in contact with. The place should not be very rocky or uneven. It should preferably be a plain ground which is convenient for camping purposes.
2.) Set up a tent
Planting a tent is the first step of camping. Prefer waterproof tents as you do not know when the weather decides to change. You must clean the ground nicely and look out for any deadly insects or plants before you set up a camp. The flat ground comes to use here, as you would surely prefer to sleep on a flat surface. The tent which you use should be of a really nice quality and should not rip apart with a little bit of rough usage.
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3.) Sleeping and eating
Take care that the sleeping and the eating areas are different. Unattended food may attract animals and insects. You want them to stay away from the area you are sleeping in. Hence, make it rule not to cook inside the tent and reserve that area only for sleeping. You may carry packaged food with you or light a charcoal fire and cook it yourself. If you're cooking your own food, find a shady place for it. It will prevent the fire from repeatedly putting itself out. Either way, keep the eating and sleeping area at a distance from each other.
4.) Locate a toilet area and a water source
Mark an area for toilet away not very far away from where you have set up a camp. You may need to use it at night or in the wee hours of the morning. Also, the water you have carried is sure to run out after some time. You need to locate a source of fresh water before that happens. Since you're out in the wild, there is sure to be some source of water be it a river or a stream around you. You need to keep all your senses active at all times.
5. If you are camping during the winter season, it is advised to dress in layers rather than carrying an extra lot of blankets. They will result in a lot of extra baggage. You need to keep your luggage minimal, as you might need to carry it around a bit while looking for a proper place to set up a camp. Prefer not to carry a lot of things but only the essentials.
6.) Do not destroy plants or nature.
You should not find it okay to cut small trees or destroy plants while you set up a camp. We're already falling short of greenery and you must not contribute to it! Instead, look for a plain barren land. Even some low grass would not cause a problem. Don't go about uprooting plants and grass to get your desired demarcation. You're in their habitat and not vice versa, so it must be you who adjusts according to their needs.
7.) Do not litter
Carry your own utensils, wash them and reuse them. Although using styrofoam plates and glasses may seem way more suitable, you are sure to dump them nearby and hence pollute the area leaving it corroded and withered. You don't want to depreciate the area that you had gone to explore, do you? All the thrill and excitement aside, make it a point not to litter your waste