Camping can be a very fulfilling and gratifying hobby. For many people, exploring the outdoors, connecting with nature, and getting out of your comfort zone can be a very enlightening experience. There are countless places to explore, and many countries recognize this and have eagerly supported camping activities by providing trails, camping sites, and nature parks where people can go out and enjoy camping safely.
There are also groups or clubs that promote camaraderie among campers. They exchange tips about the best camping sites, recommended camping gear, such as Coleman tents, and other helpful tips.
But for the seasoned outdoorsman, there is no substitute for the thrill of going down the other path, where there are no signs and no guides. There is a sense of accomplishment in doing so, and finding your way through the unmarked path.
There are a few ways to make sure one does not get lost in the middle of a backpacking trip.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Buy a map: It may sound too simple, but having a map can always be handy. It helps a camper be aware of the area’s geography and major landmarks, providing easy reference points when trying to find your bearings.
- Keeping calm always helps: Being confident in finding your way, and remaining calm when you feel a bit lost goes a long way. Being calm keeps your breathing in check and allows your brain to process your surroundings better. Also, one tends to notice more familiar scenery and landmarks when they are calm. Panic can cause one to make wrong decisions.
- Recognize your trail: Be sure to stay aware of your trail. Looking back and surveying what’s behind you can offer you a picture of where you are currently and where you came from. Recognizing this can help in case you do get lost. It is also a good practice to take note of unique signs or landmarks on your trails such as an interesting big rock, twin trees, odd grasses and more.
- Global Positioning: GPS navigation units can now be purchased for an affordable price. No compass-reading required when you have a GPS unit mapping out your trail for you. It also keeps track of where you are and how far away you are from where you started. Be sure to always bring spare batteries along.
- It also pays to learn how to use a compass: While GPS has basically turned the compass obsolete, the compass doesn’t need batteries, and it’s an interesting skill to pick up. Use your compass in tandem with your map so you can easily determine your position and which direction you should be heading toward.
On top of this, the most important thing to remember on a camping trip is to have fun. Also remember that it is always better to trust your compass rather than your instincts. Getting lost can always be a problem, but learning to stop, gather yourself, and use your wits are always your best bet.