For most backpackers, wild camping has been on their bucket list at one point or the other. Wild camping is not necessarily the easiest, do not be fooled by those Instagram pictures that you see. Well, the risk that is entailed is what makes it even more interesting. Before getting started, you should first find out to make sure that it is legal for you to camp where you want to. There are laws that govern different places and it is good t check so that you are not on the wrong side of the law. Some of the things to keep in mind while going for wild camping include:
This is a rule that most backpackers are aware of. Be as lightweight as possible. IN order to camp in the wild, you will probably have to do a long hike in order to access the remote places. It may be strenuous if you are heavily packed. Luckily many camping materials are made to be lightweight and hence that should not be a problem. As much as you are trying to be lightweight, make sure that you carry all you think that you will need.
Carry the right food
As a backpacker, you need the right foods to keep the energy levels up for the hike. That means that you should make sure that you have the right nuts, seeds and a source of proteins. You should also have a source of carbohydrates since they will be the main source of energy. It’s a good idea to reach out for granola and muesli since they are less likely to get spoiled especially if you are going for a long time. If you are lucky you may find restaurants and enjoy a hot meal but that is not a guarantee.
Enclose the fire
Lighting a fire is a common practice for backpackers as you can sit around it while keeping warm and chatting away. When it comes to a wild camp, however, do not do an open fire especially in areas that have a risk of wildfires. You can enclose the fire by digging a pit for it or enclosing the fire using rocks. When it comes to big rocks be careful of snakes as there some that like hiding in the rocks. Before leaving the campground, be sure to check that the fire is completely off.
Always zip up the tent
With a wild camp, there are many more wild animals, so it is important to zip up your tent so that you don’t have that uninvited guest in the middle of the night.
Carry a compass
As much as a compass looks old fashioned, it helps a great deal. Your smartphone may not help you as you may not even have network access in the wild. Luckily there are many GPS devices that you may use. Be sure to note the major landmarks and sometimes you may have to trust your instincts especially when you are in the middle of nowhere and don’t know which direction to take.