Camping in Southern Louisiana

Camping in Louisiana can be very fun and rewarding. Louisiana is the "Sportsman's Paradise" for good reason. There are lots of hunting and fishing for you and your family to enjoy. The number one thing you have to keep in mind when camping is there are no two sites alike. As a matter of fact, even the same site can become a completely different experience depending on the season you are camping in. Prior to departing for your camping adventure, it is a good a idea to check the local weather conditions and forecast for the area where you will be exploring.

We hope that you have a safe and fun visit to our campground. So to help prepare you, we've gathered a few tips for a better camping experience. Please use these tips as a supplemental survival guide to camping. They are not meant to be all inclusive. Educate yourself on camping and safety prior to your first expedition and camp at your own risk.

OUR TOP TEN CAMPING TIPS

1. Water is number one priority.

If you will not have a fresh water source on site, plan ahead to pack as much water as you need for the time you are camping. Remember, there may be ways you can also collect water from local resources and use filtration and purification systems to create all the water you need. As a precaution while hiking, consider drinking about a pint of water per hour. Biggest tip is to plan ahead!

2. Prevent sunburn and sun damage.

Even a few minutes unprotected  in the sun on a cloudy day can result in damaging sunburn. Especially on the water where the sun reflects and magnifies. Many time you may not even realize how badly your burned until you come inside from the sun. Keep a small tube of high SPF, waterproof sunblock in your pocket or backpack and re-apply every hour - every thirty minutes if your swimming.

3. Don't let the bugs 'BUG' you!

Louisiana (and the south) is well known for mosquitoes...some say that the mosquito should be the state bird rather than the brown pelican! However, the sting from these pests are no joke. Not only are the bites itchy, mosquitoes can carry disease. But they aren't the only biting pests. Ticks, fleas, deer flies and horse flies are all painful little buggers! Avoid them by applying the a safe repellent to your skin and clothing.

4. Keep your gear and clothing dry.

No one can predict the weather 100% accurate. Always be prepared for rainy and stormy weather when camping. Spray a water repellent on your gear and backpack. It is also a good idea to bring a 100% waterproof bag with you. Keep at least one set of dry clothing and fire source in the bag for survival and safety. This may also be a good place to keep your first aid and emergency gear.

5. Lighter colors are better in the outdoors.

Mosquitoes and pests tend to be attracted to darker colored clothing. For this reason, it is a good idea to try and stick to light grays, whites, yellows and light blues. This also can help you in the event you become lost and need to be found. Brighter clothing can be used to signal overhead search parties and will most likely contrast more against your surroundings. Avoid darker colors like black, brown and camouflage while camping.

6. Always put out your campfire completely.

Whether you are leaving the campsite permanently or you're just stepping away for a few minutes, never leave your campfire unattended. This is not only a Lizard Creek Campground rule but a general rule of camping. Fires can quickly become out of control in very dry and windy conditions. Campfires can spread quickly if left unattended and risk the loss of equipment, property and even loss of life. Use water to douse out any smoldering embers. If it is smoking, it can re-ignite.

7. Bring the right camping gear.

Making a quick checklist of camping necessities prior to packing can help insure that your camping trip will be safe, organized and more enjoyable. A few recommended items for your checklist are: map, compass, flashlight or headlamp, extra food, extra clothing, eye protection, first aid kit, pocket knife and some kind of fire starter. You may also consider bringing a mobile device for emergency communication.

8. Give your feet a break!

Be sure to wear the right type of shoes to give your feet the support they need. In general, wearing open-toed saddles or flip-flop-style shoes are a bad idea for camping. While they seem to be convenient, they do not provide the proper support for hiking and offer no protection for stubbing your toe or twisting your ankle. If you plan to do any walking, consider hiking boots as your main footwear - maybe bring those saddles for relaxing by the campfire.

9. Leave a trip plan with a friend or family member.

Never leave home without telling at least one person where you will be going. Leave them with very specific campsite details and tell them if your plans change. If you will be doing a long hike in to the wilderness, it is also a good idea to leave some details of your trip, hiking route and other details inside your vehicle at the trail head. If camping in a state park, there are usually camping permits that can be filled out prior to your hike in.

10. Have fun!

The thing that makes the most successful and enjoyable camping trip is preparation. Prepare for your trip well in advance. Make a checklist of gear and share with your group - everyone getting group advice for equipment and gear. Pack days before leaving. Check the weather again before you leave and check for any local traffic or news that may affect your journey. Get a good night's rest prior to departing for your trip. Have a great time and remember to take pictures or make a journal!

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