It is almost the end of the year and the holiday season is almost upon us. Some of you reading this post will be making your way down to the coast from Gauteng, others will be packing up your entire house to venture inland for an adventurous getaway, while the rest of might be staying at home to avoid the roads.
Many of our Junk Mailers may be considering something new and a camping getaway might just be the answer to getting in touch with your wild side. You may even be looking for a reason to get your children to smell clean air while you enjoy South Africa’s splendid scenes.
Camping seems like a good idea but let us be honest folks, not all of us are camping gurus. Some city folk need help pitching their tents or a simple guide to setting up the perfect family friendly camp site.
Well, good news for all you beginners and non-guru campers is that the Junk Mail team will be providing you with some helpful camping tips.
Here are some camping tips for beginners:
- If your backpack or sleeping bag smells musty or damp place a wrapped cake of soap inside to get rid of the smell. And if your water bottle smells musty you can add 4 teaspoons of baking soda, shake it well and let it stand for about an hour, then rinse it out. This will get rid of the smell.
- When using your sleeping bag, don’t overdress. You’ll sweat and moisture greatly diminishes the effetiveness of the sleeping bag. Its summer in South Africa, but if you need extra heat for some reason, you can place newspaper under your sleeping bag to provide extra insulation.
- If you are doing things old school and using matches to light your camp fire, you can waterproof them by dipping them in nail polish or melted paraffin.
- If you need to keep your food cold, use a block of ice instead of ice cubes, it will last longer. Crushed/cubed ice works well for keeping drinks cold. Use 2 seperate coolers if possible. You should also empty out the water from your cooler at least once a day to help preserve ice and for sanitation reasons. Blood from meats can be carried by the water, contaminating the other foods in your cooler.
- When setting up your tent choose a flat / even surface and ensure there that there is nothing overhanging where your tent will be erected that could fall on it. Also clear the area of all debri, sticks and stones – sharp objects could damage the floor of your tent. Use the tent’s groundsheet, it will keep the tent’s floor from getting damp and prolong the life of your tent. And Remember: It’s better to face the tail of your tent into prevailing winds -this maximizes air flow and provides better ventilation.
- If you’re going to make a fire make sure that you collect dry wood (not green or wet). Sticks and twigs are perfect for starting a fire. You can add large pieces of dry wood as it gets bigger. Also note that you can’t break down trees anywhere in South Africa. Most resorts and reserves sell firewood, so keep that wallet handy.
- If you don’t have a misquito spray handy, you can rub the inside of an orange peel on your face, arms and
legs to keep them off you.
- Duct tape can be used to repair almost anything you take along on your camping trip. You can use it to patch your tents, mend your poles, hold up schedules, patch torn shoes, hold poles for mosquito nets to cots, etc. So make sure you pack some in.
We hope that you will find these tips helpful when you hit that camping idyllic camping site this holiday season. If you have other camping tips for people reading this post, feel free to comment. If you’ve found this post useful, please share this post with your friends on Facebook. If you are looking for camping gear, check out Camping category on Junk Mail for some camping bargains.
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