May ours hopefully make yours….less!
- Even in a pop-up, tarps can save you — from above…and below.
- Awnings hate wind. Lower about 45 degrees (before it fills with rain!).
- Don’t forget the wine, but if you do, improvise.
- Camping in Spring? Get off the ground… and perhaps scrap the tent. And remember layers, plenty of layers.
- Hiking? Remember to bring a tensor bandage, along with your first aid kit, of course.
- Even a fully charged battery won’t last the night if you’re running heat in Springtime, camping off the battery (aka most provincial parks without electric hook-up). This didn’t work so well when our motorized roof-lifting mechanism died mid-close (Note: If this happens, leave your partner and take kids for a walk).
- A good rug can save you in bad weather (see also #1 and the tarp rule). Also testing things like ‘the outdoor’ room before you venture out, can save time and family ‘bull & cow’, as they say in Ireland!
- Glampers don’t cook EVERY meal. Never pack meals for a 5 day camping trip in July. The food simply just won’t last, and you won’t want to eat pork that’s been in a cooler for 5 days, despite ice and thaw.
- Pack light. Everything expands when you camp. Medium-to-large vacuum-shrink storage bags are great as you can push out the air without a vacuum and they squeeze into small spaces. We’ve tried clear bin bags and they end up tearing.
- And remember, that’s why they have the ‘first camp o’ the season’: so you can forget it, break it, wish-you-packed-it and generally dust off the winter and re-oil your camping gears.