Camping can be the perfect getaway from your daily routine, allowing you to truly unwind and recharge. Now that the weather is getting warmer, our Administrative Associate Chantel Rechek is just itching to get their camper ready to go for the upcoming season. “We have been going camping for over 20 years now, visiting roughly 10 campsites each year,” said Chantel. “There is so much that we love about camping. We get to do our favorite activities, such as biking, kayaking and fishing. We like that you can be as busy or relaxed as you choose while camping.” For those that are newer to camping, we tapped into Chantel’s expertise for tips that you may be able to utilize as you prepare for your trip.
Use walkie talkies to communicate between the driver and spotter when backing into your campsite. We always take our camper with us, and this tip has been invaluable because cell phone coverage is not always reliable in the woods. There’s nothing worse than starting off your camping trip by backing into something with your camper.
You may have heard of cooking over the fire with foil packs, which is a great way to cook your food and there are so many ideas on Pinterest for different recipes. Something that I have found useful through the years is picking up a variety of foil pans from Dollar Tree to use instead. This way, you don’t have to worry about food spilling out or the foil ripping.
If you’re looking for a quieter and more relaxing trip, then I suggest I suggest dry camping, which is a campground without electricity or water hook ups. We find them to be less busy and just more peaceful overall. We make sure to pack a good lantern and flashlights when we go dry camping.
Years ago, we found out the hard way how important it is to check the camper tires periodically throughout the season for proper inflation and wear, including the spare tire. It can cause a great deal of damage to your camper if you don’t catch a flat tire right away. Also, I recommend having all the proper tools to change a flat packed with you on each trip, which should include a lug nut wrench, jack and spare tire.
If you’re looking for a new site to visit, I recommend trying one of our favorite campgrounds. So far, our top three are Cedar River North State Forest Campground, Devil’s Lake State Park and Sailor Lake Campground.