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Basic Survival Skills for Camping Trips

Posted on: February 1, 2021 at 4:16 pm, in

One of the great things about RVing is that you can enjoy the great outdoors while holding on to some of your basic luxuries. You’ve got a ready-made shelter, plumbing, electricity, and cooking facilities all in one vehicle. But it still helps to know how to make it on your own in the wilderness in case you need to be able to, or even if you just enjoy getting down to basics and lighting your own fire, for example.

Here are a few basic survival skills that you might want to learn for a camping or RVing trip.

How to light a fire

You may have a pretty impressive kitchen in your RV, but nothing beats toasting s’mores over a campfire that you built and lit yourself. Search the area for some dry firewood and tinder. Collects branches of any size you can find, but they can’t be damp or your fire won’t light. Dry leaves and grass can also be used as kindling if needed.

Collect your material together in a pile, somewhere that is safe to light a fire (make sure you check your campground’s rules). A common structure is to prop your branches or logs against each other like a tepee. You can use a lighter or a match to start your fire by lighting some of the finer material, such as leaves or twigs. Letting air get to the flame will help it grow.

If you don’t have matches or a lighter or just don’t want to use them, then you may be able to start a fire by using flint to create sparks or by using friction to create enough heat for wood to set alight.

Navigation skills

Our society has lost the motivation to learn skills like navigation and map reading because we usually have Google Maps at hand to help us out. But knowing how to navigate simply using a map and a compass is essential for when you don’t have a phone signal. And it can be a lot of fun! Simply carrying a compass and map with you and knowing the direction of your campsite could help you find your way back if you get lost.

Tying a knot

This may sound like a simple one, but there are various different types of knots to learn with different advantages. And there are lots of camping situations where you need to be able to tie a strong, reliable knot. Whether it’s for securing your tent, tying a boat to a dock, or going rock climbing, check out some different types of knots you should learn.

Once you’re all prepared for a trip to the wilderness, make sure your motorhome is, too. RV shades can help to keep your motorhome comfortable and well-protected from the elements. Check out our range of window and windshield shades or contact Magne Shade to get a quote for your vehicle.

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