Camping has been a natural mode for a human beings to survive in the jungle. When there was no colonization and only natural diversity, humans used to live in jungles and made out their camps in the midst of the vegetation with fire and huts around it. More humans gathered around it which gave a sense of strength. Now, this mode of survival has become more of a hobby and people from various locations go to remote jungle areas for camping. Camping at different areas requires different sets of skills, but there are some basic survival skills which remain the same.
STARTING FROM BASICS:
Making a camp, laying down some ground rules and collecting the basic amenities from natural vegetation around us are some of the skill set arsenal a successful camper must have. However, a terrain changes, climate swings and areas displace, doing all this becomes a bit different. For instance, camping in amazon jungle is very different from camping in areas of Mount Fuji where a total ecosphere is different. The first thing a successful camper or a group of campers must have is information.
Knowing where are you going, what would you face is quiet basic information everyone has beforehand. However, the devil always lies in the details. Knowing details of the area as well as survival tactics are very important. Here we will discuss some assets and information you must have well in advance to have a hassle free camping experience as well as some cheat ideas to return in one piece in case something goes haywire.
You must have the Information. It is the best thing you can carry. You need to know if you will be camping at the foot of the mountain or on top of a plateau, will it be hot, cold, humid or dry. How temperature would vary there, what amenities are in abundance there so you can carry something more important with you and much more. Knowing if your campsite offers social features such as bathroom and electricity along with quantity of all these things. Since you would not be a lone camper, but a group, you must also know the quantity in which you will get basic amenities.
2.Knowledge of the Stronghold
Publicly organized campsites also have some sort of restrictions as well as a set of rules set beforehand. You must also know them all. Some areas offer rationed water or electricity, some areas do not allow open campfire. So just in case you are ready for a bonfire and bon appetite on it, chances are that you will rather have to bite the dust instead of food if you do not have sufficient information. Always do a detailed research, talk to someone who has already been there earlier and before leaving do a quick check on the validation of information by matching it with current information that you have.
Always be prepared for the unprepared. There are certain resources and items which we carry in a limited amount. Items like water, food, clothes and fuel are carried in a rationed amount depending upon the duration of your camping. If there is an unexpected rain or cold condition where you will need more clothes or burning fuel, you should always have a backup. There must also be some reserved storage with you. The best way to cope up with it is that you can ask all members of the camping group to carry some reserved amount of extra amenities among them.
In case if one or another member is in severe needs of those resources, they can be replenished. You must also prepare for additional members of nature who will be accompanying you. The type of mosquitoes, rodents, reptiles as well as potentially harmful animals in that area are something you need to know. Do your homework related to them, carry anti-mosquito medicines, first aid kits as well as mild anti venoms are readily available at pharmaceutical shops which you can carry.
4. Personal Skills
Though public organized camps provide basic amenities like camps and logs of wood if a campfire is needed, a camper must be skilled or semi-skilled in some of the basic tasks like chopping off the wood, setting up a camp, health issue tackling techniques like CPR, first aid and how to deal with venom. Though it is not required much, it is a skill to be added into the arsenal as soon as one is ready for camping.
The basic motive behind a camping trip might be to have fun, but it is a test of survival traits. Knowing the turf in which you are going as well as being skilled instead of it being a safe environment because it is organized on a safe level is necessary. Experienced campers who go to remote locations for camping without any safety nets are the absolute veterans and to survive at that level, one needs to be absolutely ready. This cheat sheet might help with all of the preparation one needs.