13 Super Cool Camping Tips for Newbie Adventurers


“Tis the season for sleeping under the stars and eating trail mix and roasted marshmallows…In response to a subscriber query, we’d like to post this article to help you get out into the great outdoors with the maximum enjoyment quotient!

1) Pack what you can comfortably carry. Test this out by going on a 30 minute walk with full pack before you leave. If any part of your body (shoulders, back, neck etc.) is sore, ditch something in your pack.

2) TURN OFF your cell phone, stop texting and tech down for goodness sake. Enjoy God’s good creation uninterrupted and just BE with those who are with you. You won’t regret this tip for sure!!!

3) Keep a list of what you wish you had taken on your trip and what you packed, but didn’t use. This will help you modify what you pack next time. Eventually you will realize how little you really need. And a LlGHTER Pack, is a HAPPY Back!!!

4) Take a good survival knife and a basic survival kit. See my survival kit and knife video reviews if you need help picking something. http://www.youtube.com/user/UltimateSurvivalTips

5) Drink lots of water. It’s SO easy to dehydrate. So make sure you have a source for reasonably clean water on your trip and don’t forget a water purifier. Here’s a link to the purifier I personally use – http://tinyurl.com/My-Water-Purifier.

6) Break in your boots BEFORE you go hiking in them. I’ve learned the hard way too many times. Happy feet are VERY important when they are your only means of transportation.

7) Grab a good survival book and do one thing new out of the book every day of your adventure. In this way you will build your skills and be better prepared. Here’s my favorite  – http://tinyurl.com/Favorite-Survival-Book

8) FOCUS on taking food that does not require much preparation.  Boiling water is about all the preparation that I usually want. Cleaning burnt pots and pans on an adventure is a drag! Here’s a complete backpacking food kit…

(However, I usually plan one special meal and suffer the clean up. Fresh rabbit cooked over an open fire or pan fried in a simple honey mustard sauce… Mmmmm, Mmmmm with some freshly collected edible wild greens…  I call this, “Chicken of the Forest!” You need to try this sometime! )

9) Take some high-energy fun food treats like hard candy, energy bars that suit your fancy or just about any other treat that packs easy, is light and won’t melt or spoil. You’ll get an energy and emotional boost from treating yourself.

10) When traveling with others, pace yourself on the slowest person and make planned rest stops. Yep, it can be frustrating for men and dads who want to conquer the trail, but will make for a much more enjoyable time for everyone else.

11) Pack what you need to stay warm and dry – period. Hypothermia is the #1 Wilderness / Survival Killer. And if you are soaked or unprotected you can experience hypothermia in temperatures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

12) Don’t forget the toilet paper!  I did one time and well, no details needed… but I NEVER forget it now!!! Oh, and take a little folding shovel to make a hole… for obvious reasons. Here’s some compact toilet paper for camping…

13) Take redundant tools to start a fire. My favorite?  Yep, you guessed it… A lighter! Why rough it until you have to?

That’s it for now…

Have fun and stay safe.  -David


4 Responses to “13 Super Cool Camping Tips for Newbie Adventurers”

  • Steven M

    Hi David,
    I am currently REALLY enjoying your book FAMILY!
    It’s refreshing openness and honesty are great and the message is farmiliar with my past – I can really identify and feel God is using it to help me reach higher still 🙂 !!
    CAMPING: I really like your tips and have learnt many of them first hand aswell. Lighter, simple foods, and a LIGHT PACK! Of course trying new survival techniques is fun too!
    Fight the Good Fight 🙂

  • Harry Maas

    Great start! Why stop here? Get permission to take a camera into a survival/camping/fishing store or stores and take the audience shopping for the ‘Right Gear’. The potential is endless, however I fear the finances are, you’ll have to look into sponsors.

    • Carin

      Thanks for your great suggestions! We’ll see what the new year brings!

  • Dave

    Great info.!
    Extra socks are a must…at least two pair.
    Redundant on fire starting…you can’t really be too redundant on this. Fire is a necessity for staying warm, drying clothes, cooking or making a warm drink. Lighters…one for each person, water proof matches, wet/dry tinder(you can make that yourself) and a ‘ferro’ rod of some kind. A big plus is that a small fire can be a real emotional boost.
    The S.A.S. book is a winner. Even our own SF highly resect the SAS people and their survival tactics.

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