10 Things To Avoid On Camping Trips

As you’ve probably figured out based on Friday’s Ice Breaker post and yesterday’s 3 Thumbs Up! post, I am camping this weekend.  I’ve been camping for as long as I can remember with my family and with friends.  Over the years, I’ve learned a few things that should be avoided while you’re camping.  Hopefully, you’ll find this list informative (and somewhat humorous):

1.  Skunks.  They may look like black cats with white stripes, but they’ll cause quite a stink if you get in their way.  I’ve never been sprayed by a skunk, but I’ve been in camp when skunks decided to visit.

2.  Thunderstorms.  Some times you can’t avoid rain and heavy storms, but you should stay away from thunderstorms if you can help it.  I’ve endured several soaking storms on past camping trips.

3.  Bears.  This falls in line with item 1 above.  Keep your food locked up and your trash secured to avoid an unplanned meeting with a bear.

4.  Poison Ivy.  Itch.  Itch.  Scratch.  Scratch.  Need I say more?

5.  Lack of warm clothing.  The nights can get pretty cold if you don’t have the right gear.

6.  Getting lost.  Did you bring your compass and your map?  They might come in handy.

7.  Loud camping neighbors.  I’ve experienced this a couple of times.  Loud camping neighbors can ruin a great camping trip.

8.  Lack of facilities.  I like to rough it, but I’ve learned to enjoy a hot shower as I matured.

9.  Snakes.  I hate snakes.

10.  Rocks and fire.  Rocks under the sleeping bag and hot embers on the sleeping bag can ruin a good nights sleep.

I hope that you find this list helpful.  What else would you add to this list?