When you’re out in the countryside, particularly if you’re camping, it’s impossible to avoid midges and mosquitoes. These types of insect are an important part of our ecosystem, and there are trillions of them, but you may be tempted to forget this when you’re under attack.
The best you can do is to employ some kind of skin protection, stay away from the type of habitat and conditions that midges like, and know how to deal with bites you might get. Learning a bit about why midges bite, and what attracts them can also help you plan your avoidance strategy.
When you envisage your next camping trip, there’s one element that impacts all the others. We use it to cook food; we use it for warmth; we use it for light when we’ve arrived late and the torch is playing up. It’s what we sit around when we’re swapping stories and looking over a map to plan the next day’s activities. It is, of course, a campfire – and most people don’t know how to light one properly.
Oh sure, when the weather is hot and dry it can be as easy as collecting some leaves and twigs and tossing a match on them, but how long will that last? And what if it’s raining?
With brief sightings of the sun in the UK comes the natural urge to get out to the countryside and sleep under the stars. Whether going alone, with a partner, family members or friends, it can be a wonderfully relaxing way to spend a weekend.
One of the stumbling blocks when it comes to camping is what to bring, particularly for people who rarely go. But fear not, camping can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, depending on how much comfort and entertainment you require.