A CAMPING expert shared his top tip to follow before you go to make sure your vacation isn’t ruined.
Kathryn Berta only became an avid camper when she met and fell in love with her now husband, Alan, while attending college.
They bought a KOA campground in Brattleboro, Vermont in 2019 and farm it together nine months of the year.
Berta passed on her expertise Reader’s Digest Including one that everyone, from beginners to experts, should do before they travel.
She recommended doing a “shakedown trip” or dry run with all your gear, adding, “This is one of the best camping tips you’ll ever learn.”
Berta said people have to test everything to see if anything is missing and to make sure people know how to pitch their tent.
She said: “I’ve seen too many campers show up in the crate with brand new camping gear and gear and have absolutely no idea how to use it.
Berta added: “I’ve also seen experienced campers forget the tent pegs because they haven’t checked the bag since last season.”
She advised people to do a practice run with all the gear you wanted to take with you.
Everything should be set up and turned on and off to make sure it’s still in good working order.
While she said it could take a couple of hours to go through everything, it’s worth doing before you leave to avoid going wild at the campsite and only then realizing something is missing or is broken.
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