If you’re going on a rugged multiday trip into the wilderness, the most important thing you can ever have to do would be setting up camp. The problem is, it’s also the hardest activity you’d have to do during your entire time out in the middle of nowhere. No shelter means certain doom, and even setting up bad camp can be dangerous. So here are a few tips and tricks you can use to ensure you set up camp, and set it up correctly.
Select your site according to the weather conditions! For example, in the winter or rainy seasons, don’t camp near slopes or in depressions were there might be a chance of rockslides or water accumulation.
Make sure you camp near a body, like a stream or lake. But during wet weather, do your homework beforehand and choose a place that’s not near a water body that’s prone to flooding over.
Make sure your tent is pitched so that the entrance is perpendicular to the wind, with the opening preferably facing downhill. This will help keep cold air and water from accumulating within it. Also choose firm terrain to pitch them on.
Be sure to triple your supplies before heading out. Make an extensive checklist (but not more than you can carry with you), and make sure you have enough to last your stay. It doesn’t hurt to carry extra amounts of first aid gear. Keep your numbers in mind; more people means more supplies needed. But also remember to make sure you know how much everyone can carry individually, and how much they will end up consuming. Some things, like an extra tent, may seem superfluous, but if things do go wrong, you’ll be wishing you’d brought it with you.
Apart from the above mentioned ones there are added tips for tents during winters –
- Bring extra poles to set up the tent in case the pole breaks on wintry nights.
- A ground sheet is a must; something like tarp or blanket to protect the feet as the ground beneath can get as cold as ice and if its ice then there are chances of tearing due to sharp ice edges.
- Get a wisk broom to brush all the snow off the boots and clothes and boots before you get into the tent at night. This will reduce condensation and water build up and keeps your belongings dryer.