Being unprepared for inclement weather
Bad weather doesn’t have to ruin your chance to explore, experience nature and have fun, says Walker. Bring extra clothes in case of extreme weather, as well as rainy-day supplies, like food that doesn’t need to be cooked over a fire and plastic bags to store items and keep them dry. And don’t forget extra dry socks, which will make you feel warm and secure even on the rainiest night.
Hogging the showers
If you’re staying at a campground with shared facilities, remember to be polite with timing, says Yates. No one wants a cold shower, so limit the amount of time you’re standing under the hot water, and clean up after yourself. Of course, in this age of COVID-19, you should also remember to bring sanitising wipes to make sure things are germ-free for yourself as well. (Just make sure you avoid these common antibacterial wipe mistakes.)
Not being flexible
Experts say the biggest mistake you can make when camping is not being flexible. Weather, traffic, and other issues can seemingly torpedo a camping trip, but they really don’t have to wreck your chance to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Trying new things and embracing all sorts of new experiences are among the highlights of spending time camping outdoors!
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