a blog by La Kifo
This past memorial day weekend marked the inaugural Camping For the Boys trip, and boy was it rough.
Camping is always a great idea in theory. There is nothing to do except the same old, same old and the summer weather comes along, camping is naturally one of the first ideas to spruce up some summer fun. The problem is, it needs a lot of planning and coordination and if you have neither, a lot of bad things can happen.
I think it could be safe to say that the Camping For the Boys trip had very minimal planning and coordination. At the same time, we manned out the inevitable mistakes, rolled with the punches, and, a eventfully fun trip.
So here's a list of a few things we didn't do, that would have made the process easier and stress free.
1. Know the campground.
We had no clue what the grounds we had reserved were going to look like, which was a major problem once we got there. We feuded with the grounds owners for almost an hour, because we didn't like the area we had booked.
You should either go make a quick scope out trip to campground or do some sort of virtual tour. If we had done that, we would have known, we were camping in a trailer park.
It also goes past knowing what the place looks like. You should know all the amenities they provide, like what type of grill/fire pit do they give you. Our grill/fire pit was the rim of a tire, no joke, the rim of a tire. There was no grill or real way to cook without Macgyvering the shit out of it.
2. Check the weather
In hindsight, this is a glaringly obvious mistake that we made. The first day we were there, Saturday, was beautiful. The temperature was great somewhere in 90s almost the entire day. The sun was great and there was no wind. The second day, was pretty rough. It was 60 the entire day, plus it was lightly drizzling. It made the ground all wet and gross. We had to buy oodles of wood to keep ourselves from freezing. Wood ain't cheap. The third morning, the morning of check out, it was pouring. All of the trash and shit we forgot to put away was soaked by the time we woke up.
3. Make sure you have EVERYTHING
I forgot a pillow, micro SD card, sunglasses, and extra vape batteries. Other things that were forgotten by the crew, sleeping bag, change of clothes, pillows, tooth brush, tooth paste, light source, among other things. While the majority of those things were not necessities, they would have made camp life a lot easier.
We went shopping about 4 miles from our camp site. Which is something we got right, I would suggest shopping near the camp grounds so you don't have to bring raw meat and other perishables on a long car ride. Our problem with food was that we brought nothing that was easily cook-able. If we had a grill, we would have been set, and we kinda banked on the fact that they would have had grills. They didn't, and our food making process was very questionable at best. A big mistake that was totally my fault was getting ground beef instead of premade patties. If you think about it, fuck the money you save, in the woods you're not gonna want to hand craft patties then throw them on the fire.
There were a lot of other mistakes we made on our trip, a lot. Videos and more are coming soon.
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