Biggest camping mistakes and how to avoid them

It's easy to make mistakes whether you're a novice or an expert.

Camping offers adventure and the chance to get in touch with nature, clear your mind and feel rewarded by living with just the essentials. But if something goes wrong, your experience can quickly turn sour.

The best way to ensure you have a great time is to be properly prepared. Below we look at some of the biggest and most common mistakes people make when camping, and ways to ensure you avoid them.

Getting to the campsite late

This is something you should avoid at all costs. Getting in late has a flow-on effect and will impact the rest of your night. Setting up camp in the dark will definitely take at least twice as long as it otherwise would, and won’t help your relationship with fellow campers. So make sure you plan your journey well and arrive during daylight hours.

Attracting unwanted visitors

Make sure you clean up all food, utensils, cookware and rubbish after your meal. The last thing you want is to accidentally attract pests – especially the larger and more dangerous ones.

Having your tent blow over or away

This one seems kind of obvious, but it happens frequently and quite easily with just one big gust of wind. You should always, even in calm conditions, stake your tent.

Stuck in the dark

While a torch or lamp might be on your checklist, you must also include spares and batteries. The last thing you’ll want is to be stranded without light while camping in the middle of nowhere.

Running out of heat

The general guide for gathering firewood is collect three times as much as you think you will need. A good guideline for a small fire for one night is one armload of tinder, two armloads of kindling, and three armloads of fuel wood. Make sure there are no restrictions on gathering firewood in your immediate surrounds.

Pitching a tent in a bad area

The list of what makes a bad place to pitch a tent is endless, so it’s better to focus on what makes a good location. Flat areas where there is no runoff from a hill or mountain, and no overhanging branches, are the best.

Do you have any recommendations for avoiding common camping mistakes? We would love to hear from you in the comments section.