Common camping mistakes most people seem to make
Beginner campers tend to set the goals like setting up a campsite quickly, cook fabulous-tasting food over a campfire and being able to hike with a heavy backpack without getting blisters.
However, there are many different mistakes that even experienced backpackers and campers tend to make, which is why I chose to create this list the most common mistakes made in the backcountry.
Incorrectly inflating your sleeping pad
The most common camping mistake people make is inflating their sleeping pad with their mouth. The reason hikers and campers should not do this is the moisture in your mouth conducts heat better than dry air. The air you are breathing into your sleeping pad will create a condensed moisture vapor and cause your sleeping pad to fill with a lot less pressure. Since your pad isn’t correctly inflated, it will increase the heat loss into the ground giving you a colder nights sleep. So anyone who uses an air pad needs to make sure they utilize a pump.
2. Before setting out on your trip, you forget to test the insulation valve on the sleeping pads.
Many campers and hikers believe that because a sleeping bag with a specific temperature rating will keep them warm. What they forget is that when they encounter cooler temperatures not only is the air a lot colder but so is the ground. That’s why a sleeping pad is essential if you want to have a good night sleep in the outdoors. Before heading out, it is also vital to pick an adequate temperature rating sleeping bag for whatever conditions you’ll be facing.
3. Not Properly Guying your Tent.
Far too often you will come across many people who don’t use enough guylines on their tent. Guylines at the top and bottom of your tent are essential. Believe it or not the top mistake even backpackers with even a decade or so of experience make is not Guying out their tents rainfly enough, so the condensation can get to your tents mesh. The purpose of your tents rainfly is to direct any accumulated condensation away from the tent. If you allow condensation to reach the tents mesh water is just going to drip on you all night long.
4. Choosing small rocks to Guy your tent.
When camping outdoors, you have to consider the possibility of strong winds kicking up. To withstand a wind force of around 40 miles per hour, you will need to select at least stones weighing at least 5 pounds.
5. Angling your tent stakes when you hammer them into the ground.
Research has proved tent stakes are most efficient when you hammer them perpendicular into the ground. Also, Guylines have shown to be most effective when they are perpendicular to the fly wall.
6. Forgetting to bring extra batteries for your headlamp and flashlights.
It’s embarrassing, but even the most seasoned professional hiker has made this mistake. The best thing you can do to make sure this does not happen to you is to tape extra batteries onto your lighting equipment before heading out.