Camping Abroad: What You Need to do to Prepare

By on December 2, 2015

Camping and Outdoor Life has always been an excellent resource to check when planning my yearly camping trips. It is great to share this information with you and I also suggest you check out this piece on when to replace your camping gear.

Camping abroad can be a fun and invigorating experience where you can experience wildlife in a brand new way. No matter where you are going, you are going to need to prepare a little extra for this trip. Making sure all of your documents in order is a great idea, but you also need to take into account the camping experience itself.

Here are a few things to do:SunInTrees

Know the Area

Before you go running (or flying) off to another country, try to get some data on the general area first. What kind of weather can you expect? How dense is the surrounding population? Are there any dangerous plants or animals to know about? Do other campers go there often? All of these and more are questions you need to ask. Try to spend half a day looking up the place. It will build your excitement and prepare you well.

Know How to Get Help

Your camping trip will most likely be an amazing time for you and whoever joins you. That being said, you need to be prepared for the worst. You are likely prepared for an emergency situation near home, but are there any different protocols you must follow at your destination? Make some searches and phone calls if necessary, and you will be able to put your mind at ease knowing who to turn to in the event of an emergency.

Pack Extra

This is a standard rule when it comes to camping, but one worth reminding yourself of. If you are going to be camping for a week, bring supplies that will last at least a few days longer than that. You can never know what you might run into, and in foreign territory you might run into unexpected difficulties. Have a few extra day’s rations and clear water on hand will make a horrible situation into a survivable one.

Prepare Technology

If you have any devices such as a GPS or a new rugged laptop that you are going to bring with you on your trip, test it out before you go. You might need to bring a few extra batteries or it might be a defective product. These are all things that you do not want to find out thousands of miles away from home. Test and retest everything, and have a backup plan for if something breaks.

YellowTentAtNightOn top of that, you are going to want to get a Virtual Private Network for your devices to stay safe while you travel. It will defend against threats on public networks that you might have to you and also allow you to access the websites you normally wouldn’t have any trouble with accessing at home.

Do you have any other tips or thoughts on camping abroad? Please leave a comment below and join the conversation.

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