Camping is an activity of joy, and one might forget a couple important of things to consider before they set in for the expedition. There are certain things one must be careful about while camping and the unexpected mishaps are more when the camping is to be done near water bodies. Without further ado, here are 5 things you need to keep in mind (and bag) if you intend to camp near water bodies.
1. Sufficient supply of clean drinking water
You might be surrounded by Water but there is no guarantee of the quality. They could be contaminated for all you know. Make it a point to have enough supply of water to fulfil your thirst. Sometimes, the water might appear to be clean in appearance, but don’t let that fool you and do not drink it unless and until you are 100% sure it is purified. Also keeping in mind that all the adventure will magnify your need for water, and keeping yourself hydrated is vital.
2. Keep the area clean
With all the cooking and grilling, the place is bound to get a little dirty. Keep in mind that it is going to be your temporary home, and should be treated like one. A dustpan and Brush should be carried along to keep the place tidy. Avoid discarding wrappers, plastics and unwanted things around, or inside the water. Setting up a trash-can should be the first thing to do when you reach the destination, and thoroughly cleaning it should be the last thing you do before leaving the site.
3. Pack your sunscreen
During daytime, you might want to apply a bit of sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn. It helps your skin from getting patchy which is quite common when you are exposed to the sun for such a long period of time. The only peril will be the insects, but they have come up with insect repellent sunscreen which will help you keep the insects at bay.
4. Start a fire
Be well prepared for setting a bonfire. When it comes to outdoor camping, especially near water, fire is indispensable. Find out the right sort of firewood, and don’t forget to keep a lighter while you are pack. Lastly and most importantly, make sure you don’t get close enough to catch fire and extinguish it before you leave. There are stories of danger caused by such small negligence so make sure you don’t fall a victim to it.
5. Get a rainfly
The weather is one of the most unpredictable things, and one can never be too sure or too confident about it, so don’t do your guesswork. Getting a rainfly is essential to protect your tent from rain which isn’t waterproof. Camping near water bodies will only make the situation worse without a rainfly. You will be trapped in water. Rainfly made of polyester is the highly recommended one since it dries faster.