Do you want to discover the joys of wilderness camping? Such an adventure requires a good preparation beforehand. This little guide will help you to survive in the wild, alone or in a group. However, don’t forget that not all places, especially in France, lend themselves to this form of camping.
THE CHOICE OF THE TENT: AN IMPORTANT CRITERION
When camping in the wilderness, you will need to take the time to choose your tent. You should first base your choice on the weather conditions at your destination. If you are going to a windy or rainy country, your tent should be weather resistant. Choose a tent that is also strong, as some entry-level models tend to tear easily. The size will depend on the number of people you’re going on the adventure with. Of course, it is possible to sleep in your own tent, but a larger model is better for more convivial moments. You should also take into account the weight of your new tent so that you can easily transport it.
OTHER EQUIPMENT TO TAKE WITH YOU WHEN CAMPING
To survive in the wilderness, you will also need to equip yourself accordingly. In addition to appropriate clothing adapted to the climate of your camping destination, you should also take along everything you need to feed yourself. The aim is not to overload yourself, however. Learn to live with what nature has to offer to make your bag as light as possible. Choose wool or synthetic clothing and a sleeping bag with good insulation to keep you warm at night. Don’t forget to bring a water filter, as you may not always be able to pitch your tent near a drinking water source. Pack an amount of food appropriate for the number of days you are camping, especially if you are camping far from a re-supply site. Don’t forget to pack protein bars and an assortment of raw vegetables that you can cook when you get there. Unless you’re a true expert in the field, avoid wild plants at all costs.
THE ESSENTIALS TO RESPECT IN NATURE
Wilderness camping is for many a way to reconnect with nature. It is therefore essential to respect it, wherever you go. Avoid littering your campsite. You should leave the site as you found it. As already mentioned, it is not possible to camp wild everywhere. In particular, you will not be allowed to camp on natural or historic sites unless you have permission. Similarly, you will not be allowed to camp on private property unless you have the owners’ permission. If you plan to camp by the sea, be sure to pitch your tent at least 200 metres from the sea. In general, however, you should avoid camping in areas where water can easily accumulate. When making a fire in the wilderness, also make sure it is not prohibited by law and avoid lighting it near flammable objects.