Water Camping – Why Camping Near Water Is A Bad Idea
Do You Like To Go Camping Near A Body Of Water?
So you have decided to brave the wilderness and go camping.
It is important you know what you are doing so as to reduce harm to the environment and have an excellent time. Be very selective when selecting your campsite.
Inexperienced campers often choose water camping, camping near the edge of a volume of water with the idea of waking up in the morning and jumping straight in.
Though water camping always appears like a great idea, it hardly ever is.
There are several reasons why water camping is usually a poor idea:
1. Mosquitos can breed in any area of water, and are usually common around creeks, rivers, waterholes and lagoons. If you camp near the water you will be kept up scratching and swatting.
2. You are more certain to get wet. Many bodies of water are tidal, and so even when you suspect you are far enough away from the water you can wake up three-inches deep in water.
It is also likely that the plants and the ground round the water have kept plenty of the moisture. This will mean the water comes through the base of your tent and appears to trickle into everything.
3. If you are in a well-known area, water camping can end up being an exceedingly public, loud experience.
What appeared to be a personal oasis when you set up camp can instantly turn into some variety of theme park for teens and nasty tourists.
4. Water camping can have a very negative effect on the eco-system. The plants and wildlife around an expanse of water are especially exposed, particularly if there is any hanging swamp.
As a rule, make your campsite at least two hundred feet from any natural water source.
So where should you camp? It’s best to choose a personal spot with some defence against the elements. Go for an area concealed by an incline in the land or under the cover of low trees.
However, be cautious about tall trees as they can lose branches at any point and are especially threatening during typhoons or when there are robust winds.
Despite the drawbacks of water camping, do not stray so far away from a volume of water that you do not have reasonably quick access to water.
It’s also a brilliant idea to know the essentials about water purification prior to going to ensure your camping water is safe.
To minimise your impact on the environment while camping, use caution when showering and washing up.
Avoid using harsh soaps or chemicals, as these can seriously damage the ecosystem and pollute any expanse of water.
Instead, embrace your environment and choose to use sand as a natural scrub for your body, and fire ashes as an alternative choice to dishwashing liquid.
If you follow these guideline you can be sure to have a camping trip that is more private, comfortable and sustainable.
Video – Water Camping – Water Purification
This 9 minute 20 seconds video discusses water purification methods. You will only live 3-4 days without water. Death from dehydration is psychologically and physically a very painfull way to go. You must keep hydrated, and ensure the water you consume is good to drink. Bacteria and parasites will make you very ill. That could be life threatening in serious survival situations.