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Things You Need to Know when You Go for Camping

Aug 17, 2007
Complete preparation is must for camping. Suddenly weather can change anytime. In such case, if you are not preparing with some waterproof clothes then you can be in a big problems. This article is to give you some important ideas on how to prepare yourself with such changeable situation.

Follow the illustrations to make a hammock to lie in or a net to carry things or to use as a frame for the gabled hut. The strength of the cord you use depends on your purpose. A hammock is very practical for your trapper's bivouac. You can hang it up and set up a trapper's roof or a ranger's tent over it. You will need two blankets for the hammock, one as a support (or you might use a foam rubber mat or a thick pad of grass for this purpose) and one as a cover.

Bivouac Clothing
At the bivouac, the real coldness always comes from the ground and not the air. Therefore, you should be sure the ground you lie on is well insulated against the cold. Either spread out thick layers of newspaper, or makes a bed from dried twigs, hay, straw or leaves.

You do not have to dress like an Eskimo, but it is important to wear woolen clothing next to your skin. In addition, loosen all clothing which is too tight (belts, elastic sock tops, etc.). Before going to sleep always put on dry clothing, including fresh underwear. Even if you have not been drenched in the rain, your skin always loses just enough moisture, completely unnoticeable to you, so that you can get very cold in the early morning hours. A complete change of clothing helps prevent this.

Lighting your hut or Aerie
Why not use technical achievements to make your wigwam comfortable? Make yourself a power generator! You can see the material needed in the accompanying illustration. Naturally, you can mount several generators instead of one, if you like. In addition, you will need wire, bulbs and sockets. It's worth a try.

Your Blanket
This is the way to wrap yourself up in your blanket: Lie along a diagonal. First turn in the corner over your feet and then fold the two sides. To keep the blanket from coming apart at your feet when you turn in your sleep, tie a cord or belt around it. However, this should not be so tight that it binds you.

Waterproofing
You should waterproof your tenting cloth, rain clothes, and all sorts of other things. You can use a commercial chemical product, or you can use a natural substance such as birchbark or the bark of an oak. Prepare a brew of this, and let the material soak in it for two days.

Rain Poncho
Your outdoor adventures are not going to take place only when the weather is good, so you should be prepared for rain too. A raincoat is often clumsy, so why not make your own foul-weather gear?

The rain poncho illustrated here is modeled after a garment made by some Belgian scouts. Theirs was made of leather, but you can make yours of waterproofed cotton.
About the Author
Mitch Johnson is a regular writer for http://www.1-scuba-diving-gear.com/ , http://www.mycampfuntips.info/ , http://www.goodbudgetholiday.info/
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