Our “Escape the City” Checklist
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of escaping from the everyday hustle and bustle of city life to explore the peacefulness of the great outdoors. Wells Gray Provincial Park is only minutes from the Alpine Meadows Resort and campground, the perfect place for campers to connect with nature while not sacrificing access to amenities. To ensure guests have all they need while visiting Alpine Meadows, we’ve outlined some items to add to the camping checklist that includes everything you would want for an incredible trip into the mountains of BC.
It’s inevitable that something essential will be forgotten at home, but by taking time to properly prepare and pack, it becomes less likely to happen. It could be helpful to begin gathering items together in groups such as toiletries and personal care items, clothing and footwear, and outdoor equipment and tools. As your departure date approaches, begin packing things like camping gear into large plastic totes, this will help keep your car organized.
Bringing the RV? Pack everything directly into the RV’s cabinets and drawers including tin foil, oven mitts, dish soap, garbage bags, and cutlery. Whatever happens, just don’t forget to pack the toothbrushes!
Safety & First-Aid
“Be prepared for anything” is one of the first rules in outdoor adventuring for a reason! To ensure personal safety, it’s smart to always carry a well-stocked first aid kit that includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, medical ointments, tensor bandages, and more. Even if it doesn’t get used, it’s still good practice to have a first aid kit handy. Another thing to add to the first aid kit is prescribed medications and over-the-counter painkillers. If you wanted to be extra prepared you could even bring after-sun gel, personal ice-packs, hand warmers, and electrolyte powder.
Being outside means sharing the land with local wildlife. Stay safe and carry bear spray in case of an emergency encounter. Tie a cowbell to your hiking bag to help ward off any unwanted visitors during your hikes, and be diligent about safely disposing of waste and garbage.
Due to the incredibly dry weather BC has seen recently, it would be a good idea to pack a functioning fire extinguisher just to be safe. Keep the fire extinguisher near any open flame and ensure someone knows how to use it. You know what they say, it’s better to be safe than to be sorry!
If you’re traveling anywhere in rural Canada this summer, it’s a good idea to have an emergency car kit handy in case of car trouble or getting stuck in a location with bad reception. Car kits typically include bottled water, blankets, flashlights, road flares, backup engine fluids and oils, maps, and in colder climates, hats, gloves, and extra socks. They can also include items such as windshield wiper replacements, car jacks, and a shovel.
No matter where the road takes you this summer, your safety is paramount. Double check your camping checklist, be well prepared for the outdoors and know where to get help if needed.
Electronics & Gadgets
It’s easy to get lost in the moment, especially when it’s an incredible one! Don’t miss out on capturing the fun, make sure to pack a camera and extra batteries for those unforgettable moments. Our Chalets have multiple outlets to plug in to, making it easy to keep a full charge on appliances.
This goes without saying, but always pack an extra charger port and cable for your phone. Nothing is worse than having a dead phone and no way to charge it while away from home. The town of Clearwater isn’t far from Alpine Meadows, so in the worst-case scenario, a drive to the gas station there would be the best choice if you do end up forgetting to pack your charger.
Surrounded by old growths and waterfalls, Wells Gray is one of British Columbia’s best-hidden gems. Don’t forget to pack outdoor essentials such as a compass and other outdoor survival equipment like a clean drinking water straw, GPS coordinator, and an emergency blanket.
Sports & Recreation
With the essentials and safety items already packed, it’s time to start thinking about the big picture. What kind of activities are going to fill up the itinerary? There is an endless list of things to do in this little slice of paradise, but bringing the family bikes or boat is an amazing way to experience the true beauty of the local land.
Alpine Meadows Resort offers guests staying in chalets complimentary watercrafts such as kayaks and canoes. Murtle Lake (just over a half-hour from the grounds,) is North America’s largest paddle-only lake, making it the perfect destination for a peaceful day of paddling. Watercraft and fishing supplies are available to rent from Alpine Meadows, but to ensure there’s enough to go around it is best to bring your own.
Summertime is best spent enjoying the great outdoors, and we’re proud to have such an immaculate part of the province as our own backyard! We hope our camping checklist leaves you well-prepared for long days spent exploring the splendors of our region.
The Alpine Meadow Resort family hopes you stay safe in your travels wherever they take you, and can’t wait to welcome new and old visitors inside our gates this summer! To inquire about the RV park or Chalet availability, contact us or give us a call at 1-866-587-6368 to reserve your booking today!