Tips for Camping – CANADA
• National parks and forests make excellent camping destinations. For help in choosing a destination, go to www.colemancanada.ca. Click on Canada Outdoors where you’ll find links to popular destinations.
• Be sure to make advance reservations as popular destinations fill up quickly during high-use months such as July and August. Seek less popular places on holidays and weekends.
• When choosing a campsite, make sure that it is close enough to bathrooms/showers, and not too close to trash bins.
• Familiarize yourself with your equipment before you leave home. This will alleviate setup hassles and will give you a good idea of extra tools and accessories to pack.
• For couple camping, buy two like sleeping bags that zip together to make a queen-size bag.Packing Tips
• Create a camping checklist that you can use each time you camp. Make additions or deletions to the list when you discover items you wish you had brought or you should have left at home.
• Keep your camping-only items in easy-to-load crates. You’ll be halfway packed for a spur-of-the-moment trip.
• Pack clothing in trash bags. The bags keep clothes dry in wet or humid weather and can double as laundry bags.
• Bring menu-specific measured items to save time and space. For example, measure all of the dry ingredients for pancakes and pack them in a covered container. Just add the wet ingredients when you’re ready to cook. (Don’t forget to label the items.)
• Avoid throwing away biodegradable items in the woods or campgrounds. They will attract unwanted insects and animals.
• Precook some portions or all of some meals and place in storage bags in coolers.
• Bring lids for pots and cookware. They allow food to cook faster and keep foods warm while you prepare other items.
• Pack insulated mugs with lids. They keep hot beverages hot, cold beverages cold, and insects out of everything.
• To conserve ice, pack two coolers. Fill one with items that will be used frequently, such as beverages and snacks, and the other with primary meal items.
• Place your cooler in the shade and cover it with a wet white towel to keep contents cooler longer. Tarps and sleeping bags spread over a cooler will also help improve performance on hot days.
• Before you leave home, pre-chill your cooler contents for maximum cooler efficiency. Load the coolers with cold items, rather than depending on the ice to cool down the contents. For example, warm pop increases the rate at which ice melts.
• Throw a tarp over your cooking area before you go to bed. This will protect your gear from heavy dew or rain.
• Invest in a solar-heated camp shower or portable water heater. This item can double as a faucet and is ideal for dish rinsing and hand washing.
• If you plan to build a campfire, make sure you’re aware of any seasonal restrictions.
• Use existing fire rings if available. If not, gather rocks for your “fire ring” when there’s still plenty of daylight.
• Firewood may be scarce where you are camping, so take a few bundles with you.
• Make sure your fire ring is completely out before leaving your campsite. Extinguish your fire by pouring water on it. Stir the ashes and continue dousing ashes with water until there is no smoke, steam or hissing when the water hits.
• At the beginning of each season, air out your tent and seal every seam. This will keep dew and rain on the outside all season long.
• A tent stake mallet and tent stake puller are inexpensive products that can save you a lot of heartache and allow you to easily set up and break camp in any soil condition.
• If you’ll be camping in a sandy area, you’ll need extra-long specialty stakes.
• Stake your camping tent with the door away from the direction of the wind.
• Use a ground cover under a tent or sleeping bag.
• Partially unzip the upper window in your tent to remove unwanted moisture and condensation from respiring sleepers. On muggy nights, also zip open a lower window to draw cooler air and create a chimney effect.
• Zip open your sleeping bag for a few minutes every morning to remove moisture, then shake the bag to restore insulation loft. You’ll sleep warmer and extend the life of the bag.
• Never use a stove or fuel lantern in your tent. Pack a battery-operated lantern or flashlight for use inside your tent.
• Leaving nylon tents out in the sun for long periods of time will shorten tent life.
• Make sure your tent is dry before you store it.
Family Camping Tips
• Get your kids warmed up by making your first family camping trip a simple overnighter. After getting started, take family camping trips every year. It gets easier the more you do it.
• Take along a small battery-powered lamp to serve as a nightlight.
• Use a baby monitor as a tool that allows you time to relax outside the tent when children are napping.
• Attach bells to your toddler’s shoes so you can hear them if they start to wander off.
• Let older children wear whistles around their necks so they can whistle if needed.
• Take along breadcrumbs to feed the ducks or fish.
• Hide a favorite snack in your gear. If you have to weather a rainstorm, you’ll have a treat to distract the kids.
• Include the whole family when it’s time to clean the campsite. Leave nothing but footprints.
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