Summer is fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing—more outdoorsy things to do.

Sure, the pandemic is still a thing, but if you’re smart about it, it won’t be a problem at all. Take camping, for instance—miles away from any outside human contact, and if you’re there as a single household, bam, you get to enjoy summer with people and Ms. Corona can’t do anything about it!

Instead, however, you will have to worry about things like mosquitoes and the occasional bear wandering to your campsite. Or, you can also, you know, not worry because Bored Panda created a handy dandy list of some of the most essential tips, tricks, hacks, and general know-how about camping.

Check out the list below, vote and comment on the submissions you enjoyed the most, and while you’re at it, why not share some of your camping wisdom with other soon-to-be camping Pandas!

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Mimi M
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2 months ago

I like this one.

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Uhulifant
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2 months ago

But not Facebook

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brukernavn340
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2 months ago

In Norway camp fires are prohibited between 15 April and 15 September.

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J Rob
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2 months ago

We used to call them Tin Foil Dinners.

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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2 months ago

I never trust my AT-AT on ice, no matter the thickness. I’m more comfortable with a Tauntaun for that

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago (edited)

Camping tip, you will definitely need more than one headlamp.

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Sue Mullen Andersen
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2 months ago

I have a 3rd degree burn scar on my foot from stepping in a pile of embers that someone covered with sand. It took almost a year, multiple surgeries, and a lot of pain to heal. DO NOT leave embers anywhere. Always put them out with water.

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Rhea
Community Member
2 months ago

Beware: depending on the kind of food this can work wonderfully (meat, bread, soup, butter, sturdy vegetables such as peas/cauliflower/beans, grated cheese, etc), acceptable (fresh fruit like berries) or terrible (fresh fruit such as apples/oranges, leafy vegetables, hard cheeses such as Gouda/Emmentaler)

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hydrostatic joints
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2 months ago

Would you be able to use dried-up pine needles for tinder?

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#10

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kennedy1209
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2 months ago

and extra carabiners.

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Uhulifant
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2 months ago

This is actually really cool and helpful

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
2 months ago

Did not know that about catnip. You might keep the mosquitoes away, and end up with 3 cats on your lap lol

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You can minimize your risk of falling on the ice. The Penguin walk helps remind us how to walk on ice.

Keep your weight forward and on your front foot
Keep your arms out by your side to help you balance
Walk flat footed and take short shuffling steps
Wear footwear that provides traction
Step down, not out from curbs
Keep your knees slightly bent
Walk on snow or grass if possible

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Samantha PandaNotBored
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2 months ago

You mean waddle

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#14

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

This is why I stay inside—I don’t need knots to check out a library book.

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Chilla
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2 months ago

swedish torch looks cool

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loveless
Community Member
2 months ago

if I ever saw a possum's footprint I would think there is a baby in the woods or sth

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

I don’t ever, ever, ever want to be in a “Survival Situation”

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Mishka Katira
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2 months ago

why?

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
2 months ago

Beaufort Wind Scale. Developed in 1805 by Sir Francis Beaufort, U.K. Royal Navy.

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tomruns12
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2 months ago

Why do men need this stuff and not women?

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Kay blue
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2 months ago

Or make you need the loo constantly throughout the night.

Nudge
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2 months ago

lol 😂

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littlesaresare
Community Member
2 months ago

This is terrible advice. Flash floods, wild animals, and biting insects all come to mind.

John C
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, there are multiple good reasons to AVOID close proximity to water when setting up camp.

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Craig Silberman
Community Member
2 months ago

no, do not camp near water! it discourages animals from drinking, it leaves too much human waste too close to water, and it spoils the view for other hikers and campers

Memere
Community Member
2 months ago

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Did that once, woke up to water surrounding our tent & half our gear washed downstream - all due to rain falling 50 miles upstream & causing the river to rise. The only safe way to do this is if you can camp on a hillside above the river.

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
1 month ago

THIS! Especially if there's a fence right next to the river so yyou would be trapped (as in that picture).

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Jaguarundi
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Well, there's always a flash flood risk in some areas. In southern states, like Florida, you may wake up to snakes and gators or meet one at night on your way to the toilet.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

But make sure you check for possibilities of crocs/gators etc and any large tides or if it’s a flood prone area.

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
2 months ago

HAHAHA You must be an Aussie Foxxy (The Original)

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Patricia Salvetti
Community Member
2 months ago

In my country it is forbidden to camp near rivers, especially in the mountains, where floods occur untimely and very quickly. Several campers have disappeared and drowned due to these sudden floods

Stille20
Community Member
2 months ago

It's nice but not always a good idea. Flash floods.

Ragnhild Nilsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Make sure you are safe from flash floods. Get up high!

Larry Zaker
Community Member
2 months ago

When I lived in Alaska, you stayed away from rivers when the salmon were running because of the bears.

Amber Yslas
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't animals need to drink such as wolves or coyotes and your right next to the river

Carol Emory
Community Member
2 months ago

Then when the river overflows at night, you can be whisked away down stream. Actually, this is a bad idea. The first thing wild animals do in the early morning is look for a source of water. Most will come to a river because it's easy to find. If you are camping on the river edge, guess what you'll be waking up to? And they aren't all fuzzy little deer and cute little rabbits either.

Sarah Grape
Community Member
1 month ago

or bring mosquitos. it's water. doesnt matter that it's running. there are always spots of still water, doesn't take much

Charlotte Rohrer
Community Member
2 months ago

Illegal in CO, I think law requires 30 ft.

Peter Weir
Community Member
2 months ago

dumbasses also prone to flash floods

Jonathan English
Community Member
1 month ago

When a flash flood hits you'll be washed down stream........

María Hermida
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't think this is a very good piece of advice. A narrow river may become wider if it rains, and then you'll be a difficult situation.

Clearly sunny
Community Member
1 month ago

And you will get lots of lovely mozzies!

MRK
Community Member
2 months ago

depends on the area and weather, higher ground is better to avoid flash floods, and soggy ground resulting in wet gear.

Rebecca Erickson
Community Member
2 months ago

Also, drown out the sounds of potential danger.

Kristof De Smet
Community Member
2 months ago

Except for mosquitoes!

DanieLegz
Community Member
2 months ago

Mosquitos will be there too

GreenWolf
Community Member
2 months ago

You’ll also be more likely to be swarmed by mosquitoes...

Al Christensen
Community Member
2 months ago

Water attracts insects and animals you might not want around.

Arturo García
Community Member
2 months ago

Not true... Next to a river is one of the worst places to camp.. There are lot of mosquitoes and the river can grow up at night and wash away...

𝔹𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕒
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2 months ago

I normally go camping on an island. No wonder I always fall asleep fast.

Patricia Salvetti
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2 months ago

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Pezor Zass
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2 months ago

under Brown Recluse, "Only 10% of bites result in anything more than a small red mark" should be the first point, not the last.

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Kay blue
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2 months ago

Adding flour really isn't a good idea.

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

Just say NO to introducing unnecessary elements into your camping environment!

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