First bivouac: start with the keys to make it a success

After thinking about it for weeks, months, even years, you are finally decided to embark on an exciting new adventure: trekking and bivouacking! To make sure your nights under the stars go smoothly, take advantage of the following tips.

Equip yourself properly!

To make the most of this first and beautiful experience, take the equipment you will need to sleep in a tent. In particular, you must bring a sleeping bag. When choosing a sleeping bag, take into account its quality. Your sleeping bag must allow you to have a comfortable temperature. So take into account the weather and the weather in your destination to make the right choice.

Next, you should also take a mattress. You have two options: a self-inflating mattress or a foam model. The latter is less comfortable and takes up more space. On the other hand, it’s puncture-proof. If you take a self-inflating mattress, don’t forget to bring a repair kit. Also be careful when laying it out, especially outside the tent.

The stove is also part of the equipment necessary for a successful bivouac. It can be petrol, gas or multi-fuel. Take into account your destination to make the right choice. If you are travelling without an air transfer, opt for gas. For a trip abroad, a petrol model is more suitable.

Finally, when preparing for your bivouac, don’t forget to pack multi-function knives and a headlamp.

Be careful where to bivouac

First of all, you should know that you can’t pitch your tent wherever you want. So to avoid any worries, start by finding out about the legislation in force in the area where you want to pitch your tent. If it is a private domain, you will of course need the permission of the owner.

You should also avoid bivouacking on the banks of watercourses or near a herd of cattle. Also, be aware that it is practically forbidden to make fire in the heart of nature. If you really feel like it, find out in advance for suggestions of places where it is allowed.

Last tips

Don’t wait until nightfall to start pitching your tent. Clean out the entire perimeter and find a spot that is sheltered from the wind. Also try to blend in with the landscape so as not to disturb the living things around you. Avoid making too much noise. And when you leave the area, don’t leave any rubbish or waste behind. If you have leftover food, don’t leave it for the wildlife. This could be harmful to their health.

There you go, you know all about bivouac preparation! Enjoy the pleasure of spending the night in the heart of nature!

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