Preparing for a Spring Camping Trip

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Preparing for a Spring Camping Trip

The snow has melted and summer is right around the corner. With cabin fever in the rearview mirror until next year, you may be anxious to hurry up and head out for a warm weather excursion. While spring is a great time for the first camping trip of the year, there are a few precautions that should be taken to ensure your adventure is rejuvenating, and doesn’t end up in disaster.

Prepare for the Weather

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a lot of mud and standing water, so be sure to bring waterproof boots, jackets and socks to keep dry while you’re exploring. Although hypothermia may not seem like much of a risk when temperatures are above freezing, the risk is still high if you’re wearing wet clothing since you lose body heat more quickly than if your clothing were dry. Pack a couple of changes of clothing for each day of your camping trip, as well as a variation of short- and long-sleeved shirts, shorts and pants to ensure you stay comfortable throughout your expedition.

If you’re planning to camp in the early spring months, it is a good idea to pack an extended season or 4-season tent, as well as a 3-season or winter sleeping bag for those chilly, and sometimes still snowy, spring nights. Tarps are another important piece of equipment this time of year, and bringing just one to lie underneath your tent will go far in keeping water out and maintaining warmth inside.

Bring Along Lighting

Even though the days continue to get longer, it’s no fun cutting a fun camping evening short because the lighting is not adequate. Ensure the batteries in your flashlights and headlamps still operate, and check that your lanterns are still in working order and that you have a sufficient amount of fuel to use them throughout your trip.

Inspect Your Gear

Taking out your camping equipment and giving it a closer look before you head out is important, since it has likely been stored away for the winter. Set up your tent in the backyard and thoroughly check it for tears, as well as ensure all parts are accounted for. If you stored your sleeping bag or pad compressed all winter, allow some time for them to sit out and decompress. Test each zipper on your sleeping bag and tent, and if you use an inflatable mattress or sleeping pad, give it a trial run and make sure it still retains air sufficiently.

Be Ready for Bugs

Although they may not yet be out in full force, bugs are also beginning to come out of their cozy winter homes to enjoy the spring sun. Pools of water from rain showers are a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and bothersome flies also tend to start making their appearance during this time of year. Be proactive in your fight against those and the many other insects that pop up in the spring by packing along your bug deterrent of choice, whether that means bug repellent products, wearing long sleeves, or using a screen room. And, as always, make sure to take regular breaks between your camping adventures to check for ticks, on both you and your pets.

Following just these few camping tips will allow for a refreshing spring adventure that will let you relax and enjoy nature. During your next Nebraska camping vacation, visit The Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental for an exciting canoeing, kayaking or tanking adventure!