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Don’t Let Pests Ruin Your Camping Adventure: Use These Top 7 Tips

Going camping is all about being at one with nature, but that doesn’t mean you want to spend your camping adventure swarmed by pests. Pests are a common occurrence on any campsite. And most of these pests can bite, leaving you in discomfort and pain.

Catch-it Pest Control, the London based insect and rodent specialist, recommend these precautions when you next go camping.

1. Dress appropriately – There is one simple rule of thumb to follow when camping – cover all exposed skin. Long sleeves and trousers are a must, and try to stick to light-coloured clothing. Exposed skin attracts insect bites, so it’s best to keep covered.

2. Use insect repellent – Wearing covering clothing may not fully effective against preventing pest bites. You can use insect repellents to make sure pests stay far away. Make sure that you follow all directions when you use these though.

3. Avoid insects habitats – Standing water and tall grass should be avoided when you want to go camping. These places are breeding grounds for pests like mosquitoes, and ticks live in long grass. Steer clear of them to avoid pests.

4. Take a look around – Keeping your eyes peeled will go a long way in helping you to avoid pests when camping. Look around for ants nests, beehives and spider webs. These are great indicators of a pest problem in the area.

5. Keep your tent secure – You can’t fully stop pests from getting into your tent when you’re camping. A bug or two will surely get in. But if you take the proper steps you can stop a whole swarm from invading your tent. Don’t keep food in your tent, turn off the lights when you’re not inside and zip it up when you enter and exit the tent.

6. Take a first aid kit – Pests should definitely be kept in mind when you’re packing a first aid kit for camping. Taking anti-itch cream for bites and stings and making sure you take an epi pen if you are allergic to pests stings is essential.

7. Store food properly – Food that you bring on a camping trip will attract all kinds of pests, from rodents to insects. Make sure you keep all of your food in containers that are sealed, and throw all rubbish away in designated receptacles.

Fun Activity Ideas To Keep Everyone Busy While Camping

If you are a camper, you know how fun and relaxing it is. We do it to get away from the real world and to spend time with people with the same mindset. For adults, we are happy sitting around with a cup of coffee in the morning and hanging out by the fire with a beer at night. If you have kids, you are probably aware where I’m coming from on this post. Kids are not as “relaxed” as us adults and to be truthful, I bet you have gotten a little bored during the day. So in this post, we are going to go over some ideas of things to do while camping.

Depending on the type of camping you do, this list can differ. We will cover some ideas for both tent/hiking camping trips along with RV campers like we are.

While RV Camping

If you are like us and RV camp, you may have a yearly campsite like us or travel and hit state parks. Either way, there are some things that you can do to keep the kids engaged and the adults happy as well.

Take advantage of what the park has to offer

Most campgrounds has activities they offer. You may be surprised when I say this but it true, most campers do not take advantage of most things at the campground.

Pool

I would have to say that 90% of parks has a pool. If camping during the summer, use it. Take the kids up every day for at least an hour or two. If the adults don’t want to swim, you can get some sun and relax. Some placed like our campground has a covered area where adults sit and have a couple of drinks while just chatting. We even have a TV where we can watch the game or race while the kids swim. The point is to let the kids have some fun too.

Crafts/Park Activities

Most RV parks and even state parks have an activity list you can get when checking in. These list all the activities going on that week. Like above, most people don’t even look at it. Yes, most are kid oriented but not all. Check it out and get involved. It gives you a chance to meet new people while the kids are doing the same.

A couple times a year we venture out and stay at a Jellystone park. They have a ton of crafts and activities all day long. If you have kids, you may want to see if there is a campground near you.

Metal Detecting

This can really be done if RV camping or tent/hiking as long as you have room to carry it. Metal detecting is not only fun for the kids, it is also really fun for adults. Who doesn’t like a good treasure hunt.

People lose things all the time while camping from rings to coins. Why not spend a little relaxing time searching for it?

If you are near woods, I can almost guarantee that not many if any has canvased with a metal detector. Metal detecting isn’t thought of much when thinking camping. I’m here to tell you that it is fun. If you happen to be camping a beach, it is really fun. People lose all types of stuff at the beach. It doesn’t have to be an ocean beach either, any place with sand and swimmers is almost a guarantee find.

The one thing I will mention about any type of metal detecting is to make sure you get at least a mid-range metal detector. Do not get a toy unless you want something for young kids to do while “helping” you. I suggest checking out metaldetectorlist.com, they have some good recommendations.

Scavenger Hunt

You remember as kid when adults put together a scavenger hunt for you and friends? They are just as fun today as they were back then. One of the upsides to this idea is you can do it yourself without needing the park set it up.

Your kids will meet friends while camping, why not invite those kids and their parents?

Have a bunch of fun adults? Why not put together an adult scavenger hunt? I have done these and they are fun. Nothing like tipsy adults running around acting goofy while looking for some hard to find items.

Fishing

This is kind of a no brainer but if there is water around while camping, go fishing… Kids love to fish and it is easy. Grad some worms and just go. I’m sure dad will be just as happy to get a line in the water. I suggest reading our post on the best kids fishing poles.

While Hike Camping

Finding things to do while backpack camping is a little tougher. It depends on what you are into and what equipment you can take with you. However, here are a couple ideas you may not have thought about.

Enjoy Nature

Well, this is pretty obvious but think about it a little. There are other things in nature besides the view of rolling hills. Take a pair of binoculars and watch the birds. You will see many birds that you not see in populated areas. You may even see a Bald Eagle and they are BEUTIFUL!

Search For Antlers and Wildlife Markings

If you are out hiking, why not keep an eye out for deer antlers? They can be made into beautiful art and you are not killing a deer to get them. Deer shed their antlers yearly, they are all over the place, it just takes looking out for them.

Mushroom Hunt

Do you know your mushrooms? If not, pick up a small pocket mushroom guide and keep it on you while hiking. Some mushrooms are expensive and as good as steak. Many people do this every year, why not take the opportunity to find your dinner while out?

Ginseng Hunt

Have you priced Ginseng lately? It is ridiculous! If you find some that is aged, you can take them with you and make some really good money. One this that I will say it to make sure they are in season and make sure they are big enough to harvest.

Ginseng takes years and years to mature and there are some pretty stiff penalties for people not following the rules. Like above, you can get small pocket books on Ginseng, where to look, local laws, etc. But please just make sure they are in season.

Conclusion

No matter if you are RV or backpacking, the point is to stay busy and make sure everyone enjoys their self. You want your kids to remember good times while camping and want them to do the same with their kids when they get older.