Most of us are under the impression that all you can do in camping is to hitch up a tent, make food by a fire and go hiking to see landscapes. But this is far from the truth. Camping is a great way to take a break of the monotone lifestyle and be rebellious. Here are some tips from pro campers on how to have a good time at camping without a hassle.
The makeshift bathtub
In order to do this act, you will need groundsheet or a large plastic sheet and your bath essentials. If you are camping near a sandy river or a waterfall with a sandy bed, then dig a hole the size of a grave. Then line this grave sized hole with water from the river or waterfall and some heated water from the camp. Then voila, you have a heated bath. Grab some alcohol and snacks and then enjoy a great bathtub. Doing this at nighttime when you have a clear view of the stars is the ultimate treat to yourself.
One thing to keep in mind is to fill the hold backup when you are done with the bath so that wildlife and other people do not end up falling in it.
Organization is the key
When you are camping with a lot of items, and especially if you are moving about when camping (like going on a hiking day trip) then you will lose items easily. So make sure to have a system where you remember to replace items in specific places. If you are going on a hike, then you will need the gear to the hike in your foremost list while the other items need to be packed and ready to go. Keep your boots right outside the tent if you are flitting from tent to outside quickly. Keep gloves, face mask and other items with you in the sleeping bag when you are in colder climates. Make these little things into a habit so that you always do the same actions whether consciously or not.
There is such a thing called canned curry. If you plan on sticking to rice and oatmeal and other plain food, the canned curry will save your life. Also when you are cooking, do it over coals and not in direct fire. Try to cook food over hardwood like oak and maple. Coniferous trees like as pine and cedar and with a lot of sap content will give an after flavor that is not so good. Whether it is a day trip or beach stalking, cooking skills are essential.
Grab your grub from foraging and also fishing. Check the regulations for the area to see whether it is ok to trap small animals like rabbits, which will enrich your diet while camping.