Spring is just around the corner, and that means that camping enthusiasts can start planning their next trip back to the countryside and their favorite campsites. Many will be itching to get back out after the winter. But, you can’t rush the packing process in the excitement to leave. You need to make sure your spring camping checklist is in order.
An important thing to remember with a spring camping checklist is to pack for the weather
We may think that spring heralds the start of the warmer days, longer hours of sunlight and a rest from the harsh winter. However, the weather can be pretty unpredictable at this time of year. There may be days of sunshine and relatively warm weather, but the nights can be cold and there is always the chance of rain. This means that you have to be careful to pack the right gear and clothing. Don’t forget the following:
1) A good rain fly for protection against any heavy showers
2) A strong footprint for insulation against the cold ground
3) A cosy sleeping bag
4) Clothing that you can layer up to suit the temperature
5) Weatherproof layers for those hikes between sites
6) A large, weatherproof backpack to store everything in
One of the great things about camping out in spring is the chance to enjoy nature.
Spring is a wonderful time for those that want to embrace the color and song of nature again. The winter can seem like a dull, bleak time, but spring brings new life with the flora and fauna of our favorite patches of wilderness. We can wake up with the sunrise – not in the darkness – listen to the dawn chorus and search for signs of local wildlife and wild flowers. The best way to do this is with the following:
1) A good stove and supply of breakfast materials to wake up with the sunrise in style
2) A camera to capture images of the sunrise and any wildlife and flower you find during the trip
3) An informative field guide to help you identify everything you see
Other essential items for camping in spring
Spring offers new opportunities while out in the campsite or wilderness, but many aspects of the experience remain the same. This means you need to ensure that your basic kit is still in place, and functional. You will still need all the usual gear for your tent, with the necessary guy lines, stakes and other elements. You will also need to make sure that you have a reliable storage system in place for food supplies, a working light and adequate first aid supplies. Those with different electronic items may also benefit from a charging pack – preferably solar.
Remember to check everything before you leave and make sure that it is all in full working order. Inspect the tent for signs of damage and make repairs where necessary. Check the batteries on your equipment and charging packs. Restock first aid and fuel supplies as needed.
Getting set for a hassle-free spring time camping adventure
This is just a starting point, but it offers a good basis for any couple, family or solo traveler heading out this spring. If you can ensure that you have a warm, dry sleeping environment, a good food supply and the tools to enjoy the experience, the rest is up to you.