Mountain Camping Holiday Preparation

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6 Great Tips on Preparing for a Mountain Camping Holiday

By Kerry Anders

Not all holidays have to be spent laying on a beach. It can be just as relaxing to spend time camping and hiking in the mountains. Indeed, the beautiful surroundings and fresh air of mountain camping will do wonders for your health and well-being. A holiday in the mountains is a great way to unwind. To maximise your enjoyment of such a trip, there’s quite a lot of preparation to do though. Here are six great tips to help you out:

1. Pack well

For any hiking trip to be successful, you’ve got to pack some essentials which, according to Compare Travel Insurance, include:

  • Hiking boots: A tough, durable but comfortable set of hiking boots is an absolute must for any trip.
  • Sunblock: Don’t underestimate how long you could be spending in the sun. Take enough sunblock to cover you for the whole trek.
  • Layers: Bring clothing in layers rather than one big coat or jacket. Layers can be easily donned or shed as the temperature changes.
  • Road-tested backpack: You and your backpack are going to become well acquainted. Make sure you’ve tested it to make sure it is comfortable first.
  • Dry pack: Don’t want your belongings ruined by a freak rainstorm? Invest in a good quality dry pack.
  • Flip flops: You’re not going to be hiking all the time, and when you’re not, your feet will be glad of the rest.
  • Sturdy water bottle: You need to stay hydrated, so a reusable water bottle is an important item.

 

2. Know your levels

Only if you’re an experienced hiker should you head high up into the mountains alone. To have a safe trip, make sure you stick to routes that are within your fitness levels and ideally camp with friends. Mountain novices would benefit from group trips with expert guides, and families should opt for a gentler adventure tailored to younger kids.

 

3. Make a meal plan

Busy Creating Memories suggests planning an easy first meal to have once you reach the campsite – something simple like sandwiches. For all other meals, you’ll need to make supplies with you, so it’s best to plan ahead what you can cook on a camp fire and avoid taking too many perishable foods.

 

4. Have a first aid kit

In case of minor illnesses or injury, it’s worth taking a first aid kit – although you should always research the local pharmacy and hospital facilities too. WikiHow suggest taking the following things in your first aid kit, but feel free to personalise the items to your needs.

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Adhesive dressings (plasters)
  • Bug spray
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-itch Cream
  • Inhaler
  • Tweezers (in case someone gets a splinter or sticker)
  • Any personal medicine

 

5. Improve your mountain camping sleeping arrangements

With the right sleeping arrangements, camping in the mountains is comfortable. In addition to good quality sleeping bags, you need an extra layer to separate you from the ground. Don’t skip this step, as it’ll keep you warmer. You can use blow-up mattresses or roll mats to place underneath.

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6. Find out more about the campsite

When choosing a location to camp, there are lots of things to think about. Look at what’s around the camping ground, including popular sightseeing spots and adventure activities so you’ve got plenty to do. If you want to take pets with you, you need to check the grounds are dog-friendly.

Finally, Lifehacker’s top tip is to think about how you’re getting to the campsite. If you want to take more stuff, you’ll probably need a car and be able to park nearby. But if you want seclusion, you’ll have to hike to the right spot – and pack accordingly. Either way, get there in plenty of time to make your camp before dark arrives.

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Have you been camping in the mountains? Share your tips with us.

 

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18 thoughts on “Mountain Camping Holiday Preparation

  • July 31, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    Very useful post on all preparations to be done in advance while planning for camping holidays in the mountains. Keeping the first aid kit with all essentials is the first thing I would pack. Layers of clothing are also essential as it is a mountain hike. I never hiked mountains before but would love to one day.

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  • March 30, 2017 at 8:41 am
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    We love to camp and hike. Looking forward to nice spring weather so we can start our weekend camping trips. Have to consider the mountains option.

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  • March 29, 2017 at 4:32 pm
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    Such an informative post 🙂 you have shared some amazing tips dear. Keep sharing!

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  • March 29, 2017 at 11:11 am
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    I made the mistake of not taking a roll mat once and i was freezing all night – didn’t get a wink of sleep. I thought I wouldn’t need it and was so wrong. won’t make that mistake again and the rest of the points you bring up are equally as important!

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  • March 28, 2017 at 10:45 pm
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    If I’m ever brave enough venture out into the mountains to do my camping, I’m going to be using these tips!

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  • March 28, 2017 at 6:37 pm
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    This is a super informative post, which is exactly why I haven’t gone camping or overnight hiking because I don’t think I’ll be able to survive even with your tips lol! Sleeping on the ground sounds painful even with a blow-up mattress like you suggested. I know… I’m spoiled… maybe if I have a pro like you with me I’ll feel more comfortable about doing this 😛

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  • March 28, 2017 at 4:51 pm
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    This is so clear and really well thought out ☺️ Great tips as camping isn’t my number one thing but planning is always necessary

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  • March 28, 2017 at 4:48 pm
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    This is so helpful. We love camping. But we usually drive up to the camp site. I would like to hike to a camp site and pitch a tent there someday. I will keep you tips in mind.

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  • March 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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    This is very useful. I will bookmark it for referring back during my camping trip.

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  • March 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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    What great info. Hubby and I love to camp. He even built us a small travel trailer to travel with. You listed some great ideas. Thank you.

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  • March 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm
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    I love hiking but i have never gone on camping trips before. So many things can go wrong, I blame that on too many horror stories you often hear.

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  • March 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm
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    I can imagine how important the bug spray is out there at night! The dry pack sounds like a good idea too, I’ve had things absolutely soaked before during rainstorms out in the open. The camp fire picture looks very warm!

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  • March 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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    You have given some really Amazing Posts and this one is just as good! Thank you for the ideas.

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  • March 28, 2017 at 8:16 am
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    Wow that is a super-useful post. I do a lot of hiking but I’ve never slept outside. I especially like the tips for meal preparation – these are cool.

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  • March 27, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    These are some great tips for anyone interested in hiking. One more tip: remember you have to carry everything so don’t pack heavy foodstuff like tinned food. Instead, pack foods that can be easily rehydrated like noodles or pasta. These will also give you the energy you need for the trail.

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  • March 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Knowing your site is so important- great to read up before you go as you may not have phone signal. I don’t usually meal plan but I can see the benefit there. I’ve camped before with a sleeping bag that was meant for indoor use- not good! Invest in a warm one!

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  • March 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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    These are great tips. Meal planning is so important. I always try to pack more food than I think I will need because of times I’ve had to go hungry. It also really helps to know your monthly cycle (not my favourite thing to deal with in the woods:)

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  • March 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm
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    I’m afraid that even with your tips, I still suck at camping in the mountains. That’s why I will not do it, but I do like your tips as they come in useful for hiking in the mountains, even without overnight sleeping. I find judging your altitude levels a bit hard as it is hard to compare with anything you know if you never hike in the mountains.

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