When you plan to have an activity outdoors, your main concern is to have fun and enjoy the time you will spend with friends and family. However, it is also important that you anticipate certain mishaps that are quite possible when indulge in this kind of activity.
Backpacking is a great way to explore the outdoors. You will experience camping and trekking at the same time. What is great about it is that you will have the chance to go deeper into the wild and change your camp location when you rest.
In order to bring the right backpacking and other items, you have to anticipate some bad things that might occur. Here are some of things you should prepare for:
- Weather usually changes when you least expect it. It is important that you anticipate such change because this is crucial to your safety. Listen to weather forecasts especially when you get to the site. When you see that the sky is clouding up and it seems like a storm is coming in, start building your camp on a good location. Do not camp in low areas. Look for a site where the water easily flows. A good place to stay is under the small trees.
- You can also injure yourself while backpacking. There is always a chance that you will slip, bump your head, cut yourself, or sprain your ankle. No matter how careful you are, this can always happen. This means that it is not enough that you have the coolest ultra lightweight backpacks alone. You should also have a complete first aid kit. Remember, a simple scratch can lead to severe infection if not treated right away.
- Expect to have a close encounter with wild creatures. Although this does not happen all the time, you still have to be prepared. There are many stories of an encounter with a grizzly bear. When you see one, stay still and avoid making eye contact. Some experts suggest that you let the bear know that you are human by waving your hand. Do this if the bear is looking at you, if not slowly walk away and find a place to hide. If it attacks you, lie to your side and curl like a ball. Try not to make any sound or fight the bear back. Make sure that the bear is gone before you stand up to find help.
- Your backpack should not only contain lightweight backpacking, it should also have supplies. Make sure that you pack your food well to avoid it from spilling. Anticipate shortage in food and water as well. Although you may have packed the food well, you might be extra hungry and need additional boost. It does not hurt to bring extra food for the road. Bring extra water as well. You will not always find potable water in your expected water source.
- Dealing with bugs, mosquitoes, and other insects is definite. This is something you should always anticipate when outdoors. Bring insect repellants because although they are small, they can ruin a good adventure.
When you take your lightweight backpacking tent to explore the outdoors, it does not always mean fun. You also have to prepare for things that are not as fun, so that you will have a better experience.
Camping For Boys, by H.W. Gibson
THE PURPOSE OF CAMPING
NEED OF OUTDOOR LIFE
PURPOSE OF CAMPING
“TOO MUCH HOUSE”
APOSTLES OF OUTDOOR LIFE
HEEDING NATURE’S CALL
INFLUENCE OF CAMP LIFE
It is great fun to live in the glorious open air, fragrant with the smell of the woods and flowers; it is fun to swim and fish and hike it over the hills; it is fun to sit about the open fire and spin yarns, or watch in silence the glowing embers; but the greatest fun of all is to win the love and confidence of some boy who has been a trouble to himself and everybody else, and help him to become a man.–H. M. Burr.
The summer time is a period of moral deterioration with most boys. Free from restraint of school and many times of home, boys wander during the vacation time into paths of wrongdoing largely because of a lack of directed play life and a natural outlet for the expenditure of their surplus energy. The vacation problem therefore becomes a serious one for both the boy and his parent. Camping offers a solution.
“A boy in the process of growing needs the outdoors. He needs room and range. He needs the tonic of the hills, the woods and streams. He needs to walk under the great sky, and commune with the stars. He needs to place himself where nature can speak to him. He ought to get close to the soil. He ought to be toughened by sun and wind, rain and cold. Nothing can take the place, for the boy, of stout physique, robust health, good blood, firm muscles, sound nerves, for these are the conditions of character and efficiency. The early teens are the most important years for the boy physically… Through the ages of thirteen and fifteen the more he can be in the open, free from social engagements and from continuous labor or study, the better. He should fish, swim, row and sail, roam the woods and the waters, get plenty of vigorous action, have interesting, healthful things to think about.“
–Prof. C. W. Votaw.
This is the real purpose of camping–“something to do, something to think about, something to enjoy in the woods, with a view always to character-building”–this is the way Ernest Thompson-Seton, that master wood-craftsman, puts it. Character building! What a great objective! It challenges the best that is in a man or boy. Camping is an experience, not an institution. It is an experience which every live, full-blooded, growing boy longs for, and happy the day of his realization. At the first sign of spring, back yards blossom forth with tents of endless variety. To sleep out, to cook food, to search for nature’s fascinating secrets, to make things–all are but the expression of that instinct for freedom of living in the great out-of-doors which God created within him.
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