Canoe/Camping Trips: A Few Tips For Beginners

05/23/2017

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Going on your first canoeing/camping adventure? Awesome! Now that the warm weather has arrived, there’s no better time to grab your gear and explore the great outdoors! But as with everything else in this world, there’s a few things you’ll want to consider as a beginner before you head out. Here’s a few general tips to keep in mind:

  • Plan Carefully: It’s best to consult with your companions beforehand to have a general plan/guideline for your trip. Is this going to be a relaxing, laid-back weekend? Or will this be a challenging adventure? Making sure you know exactly what you’re going to be doing and knowing where you’re going to dock/camp will put you ahead of schedule when the time comes. The last thing you want is to get there and spend the next few hours planning. Do your research ahead of time to make sure you don’t waste any unnecessary time with menial tasks.

  • Always Wear Life Jacket: Even if you’re Michael Phelps, it’s always best to wear your life jacket at all times on the water, no matter who you are. Why risk it? The more secure and protected you are means less things for you to worry about and more fun!

  • Inform Others About Your Trip: This is another good security measure to take. Anybody going on a long, remote canoeing/camping trip should send an itinerary to a family member or friend that outlines your destinations and your camping site plans. That way, if there’s an emergency that leaves you stranded out in the wilderness with no way to contact anyone for help, the search party will know exactly where to look.

  • Prepare For Any Weather: Sun, rain, heat, or cold. You want to make sure you’re prepared for any weather that comes your way. Don’t be that person who forgets their rain jacket at home or needs to borrow everybody else’s sunscreen all weekend. Take the time before you leave to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.