Camping can be a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy nature in all its glory. However, having a large group of people together in the wilderness can pose some challenges that smaller groups might not encounter. We have spent lots of time in Araku and have picked up a few pointers to help you on your way. To make your next camping trip as memorable as possible, here are some top 10 camping tips for groups in the woods.
1) Have a Meeting Point
First, choose your meeting point. A good meeting point is close to your campsite and with a clear visual line of sight. Choose one that is not too far away but also provides cover, so you can tell if someone's coming without being seen or heard. Once you've found a spot, make sure you set it up on a sturdy surface like wood or rock that won't sink when there's rain around.
2) Get to Know Your Group Members
When you are on an outdoor camping trip with your friends, it is important to get to know them. There are a few ways that you can do this. For example, one person could present their life story, telling about what they did before and where they are from. Another way to get to know people is by giving everyone the name of a celebrity that shares their profession. You can then try and figure out who matches up with whom based on similarities such as occupation or where they live.
3) Have an Emergency Plan
In addition to gathering things, make sure you have a clear and easy-to-follow plan with your group members. You should always have your food packed, backpacks ready, flashlights and headlamps charged, and extra batteries and filters or dry matches handy. You should also know what you're going to do if the tent leaks. What will you do if someone falls into a ravine? How will you handle getting lost?
4) Enjoy Yourself
- Be prepared. Make sure you pack all necessary camping gear, such as camp beds, tents, cooking ware and an emergency first aid kit.
- Stay safe. When setting up your tent and campsite, follow safety regulations so that you can avoid common mistakes like things blowing away or falling down a hillside.
5) Know Where You’re Going
One of the most important factors in a successful camping trip is knowing where you’re going. Depending on what kind of group you have and what kind of terrain they prefer, it may be wise to research nearby places or villages before deciding where to camp. If your group likes to explore different types of landscapes, treksome campgrounds might be an ideal option as they tend to offer lots of options.
6) Don’t Leave Any Trace
-Plan ahead of time. Every group should have an assigned 'Leave No Trace kit', which cleans up trash and recycles any recyclable items before they leave.
-Choose spots that are already cleared off and near a body of water, as these areas need less attention to Leave No Trace standards.
7) Don’t Over Pack, Only Take What You Need
One of the biggest mistakes people make when camping is bringing too much gear. It’s easy to feel invincible when you have all this stuff, but carrying an excessive amount of weight will wear you out and it’s not safe because it makes you an easier target.
8) Watch Out For Wildlife
Watch out for wildlife. The last thing you want is a close encounter with a bear, snake, or other critters that could ruin your camping trip. If camping near water, be sure to avoid fallen trees and branches to keep from getting cut by jagged logs and rocks. Stay away from rivers and lakes as much as possible to avoid taking chances with drowning and being swept away.
9) Be Prepared for Anything
Being prepared is key when going camping, as Murphy's Law dictates that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. No one wants to be left out of the fun because they had to go find something that someone forgot at home. If you have a family, have a discussion ahead of time and share with them any supplies or gadgets they might need while on vacation. Here are some other things you may want to consider:
* Bring extra socks and an extra pair of shoes in case your shoes get wet.
10) Make sure you have snacks
If you're not going camping with a full pantry and kitchen, then it's a good idea to bring extra snacks. Before heading out on your hike to find that perfect campsite, consider bringing some food items that don't require cooking. Pack plenty of granola bars or cereal bars for energy and protein snacks. If you have time before heading out into the woods, try making trail mix by mixing equal parts peanuts, almonds, cashews, raisins and chocolate chips.
Araku is one of the most renowned campsites in the Eastern Ghats. Check out this list of camping options with Treksome to make your stay at Araku even more enjoyable!