There are many unique factors to consider when you are camping in the forest. It’s also one place that many campers adore, where “Mother Nature” can be strongly felt.
Whether you are camping alone, with family members, or with friends, there are a lot of incredible places to consider to be your next campsite but forest camping can be amazing.
You’ve probably already heard some terrifying stories and nightmares from other campers. Well, while some of them are just exaggerating, those stories can also happen to you if you’re not careful.
Research Well About The Area
You should take this tip seriously. Research well about the area in advance. It’s true that there’s magic in the forest. But if you’re not familiar with the area, your experience might not be as rewarding as you would expect.
Take care of the potential dangers that are likely present in the area. You don’t want to compromise the fun by taking care of the things that you could have taken care of ahead of time.
Inspect Your Tent
A shelter is our first priority, so, If you decide camping in the forest is for you next time, it’s crucial that you should have a functional and durable tent, without holes and stuck zippers.
Bugs and mosquitos can be found anywhere, and you don’t want to be sleeping in the middle of the forest with a hole in your tent.
The best way to inspect your tent is to pitch it at home. We suggest that you do this a few days before your camp so you’ll have sufficient time to do some repairs or buy damaged pieces if needed.
Plan Everything In Advance
Also important is that you plan everything in advance. And when we say everything, we mean it. Plan your meals, your travel, your gears, your activities, and more. Stay organized as much as possible.
Remember that planning a camping trip can sometimes be overwhelming. Start with the most basic things that you should plan, then continue your plan until you’ve considered the tiniest details.
But acknowledge that there are many factors that are out of your control that can’t be planned ahead of time. Manage your expectations and keep some room for unplanned incidents.
Mother Nature may have some surprises for you, so be flexible in your preparation.
Prepare for lighting in advance:
Lighting is important when you are camping in the forest. Carry along with you proper lights so you might not feel scared or lonely at night. Led bulbs are especially useful camping lights because of their high efficiency.
But remember that there’s no electricity in the forest, so your lighting must be battery operated or solar charged. There are many lighting options available and LED Lighting is by far the best there are super bright compact and long-lasting.
One option I am never without on any outdoor trip is a good quality headlamp This is an essential item in my gear and you would be wise to include one in yours. The convenience of a headlamp leaving both hands free to do other things is terrific.
Having an emergency light handy may also be useful to you such as a small flashlight, or a smartphone with a flashlight app.
Keep Away From Poison Ivy
When camping in the forest, the rule is to avoid touching wild plants around because you are not sure what they are. There are plenty of hazards that you can encounter there from various plants to insects, all the way to wild animals.
One of the most common hazards that you should keep yourself away from is poison ivy. There’s a reason why it’s called poison ivy. It can be toxic to you or cause extreme allergic reactions. Be cautious and don’t do anything stupid.
Remember that Poison ivy is only one hazard, and there could be more. Just stay away from those unfamiliar plants.
Three Important Considerations
Aside from following the essential tips above, there are also a few important considerations that you have to think of such as your campfire, your cooking equipment, and your sleeping arrangement.
Building Your Campfire
Like what many campers say, what is camping without a campfire? Camping never the same without a fire. Build your own campfire.
First, make a square with four large pieces of wood. Pile up the crumpled newspaper in the center. Build a teepee shape using smaller wood pieces. Light the bottom edge of the crush papers.
You can add more wood pieces if you want to keep the fire going. Don’t forget to drown the fire with water before going to sleep.
Here’s a Tip: Use dry wood. Don’t forget to bring old newspapers, firestarters like matches, lighter, or an effective DIY firestarter.
Keep in mind that campfires can be exciting as long as you apply some common sense into your practice. Here are a few reminders when dealing with a campfire in the forest:
- Choose the right location. This is obvious, but we’d like to put this here to emphasize the importance of having the right, safe, and practical location for your campfire.
- Don’t build your fire from areas with overhanging dry undergrowth and branches. You should also ensure that it’s not too near your tents.
- Start from small beginnings. Build your campfire up from small beginnings. Get the fire going with newspapers or other kindling. Only then can you put larger logs in the fire.
- It takes patience and time to create a great campfire. So don’t rush it, as it can stiffle the fire and make your initial efforts wasted.
- Use dry wood. Although it’s possible to build your campfire by using dry wood, it’s gonna be a lot of struggle to start from it.
- Store the wood in a dry spot, and remember to tuck away your matches in a safe area, unexposed from the potential rain or moisture in the air from dews.
- Put the fire out before going to bed: Not only when you are camping in the forest, but when you are camping in general.
- Putting the fire out before going to bed is a basic and necessary thing to do. Don’t ever assume that the smoldering fire is safe unattended. Put it out by pouring water onto it.
Your Cooking Equipment
Camping in the forest can be a little challenging when it comes to cooking. Unlike a designated campsite, you’ll have no access to electricity, gas, or even water.
So plan carefully how you intend to cook. Other campers prefer not to cook at all in the wild, by bringing enough food with them that don’t require cooking.
But if you plan to cook in the camp area, remember to bring with you all your food and cooking equipment. Invest in a gas stove for your trip, but keep your cooking equipment light as much as possible. One saucepan and one frying pan may be enough.
Other essential accessories include aluminum foil to cover food while cooking, lightweight pans and pots to cook in, and a small grate to place over the fire pit.
Ensure a good night’s sleep by preparing your sleeping arrangement. If you’re sleeping on the ground, always use an insulating layer between the ground and your body.
Use a durable sleeping pad. It provides extra stability and comfort while you are sleeping. Many adventures also prefer to sleep in a hammock, keeping them off the ground. A hammock is practical and versatile.
But be informed that sleeping in a hammock can be much colder than sleeping in a tent, but if the temps are favorable, hammocks can also provide you a rejuvenating good night’s sleep.
Camping in the forest offers a uniquely exciting experience where you can appreciate the beauty and serenity of Mother Nature. Remember these points to help you plan and execute your upcoming adventure.
Escape in the wild and get ready for all the exciting surprises stored for you!