After camping in Mannar Beach, I have learned what are do’s and don’ts to plan beach camping trips! Here are the tips / what I have learned from my first Beach Camping trip.
1. RESEARCH WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO CAMP.
Make sure that you have a safe place for camping. Most of the coastal areas are protected by the Sri Lankan Navy or coast protection authority. So before you plan your trip, make sure you have got permission from relevant authorities. We were almost lost in Mannar around kiiri beach that day because we had no map with us and Google just showed us up to a limited area in the shoreline.
2. CHECK THE HIGHEST TIDE MARK.
Before you set the tent, make sure you check the highest tide mark. Always try to set the tent at least 10 meters away from the highest tide mark to avoid king tide during the night. I know you don’t want to ruin your Beach Camping Experience by a wave.
3. ARRIVE THE CAMPSITE BEFORE THE NIGHTFALL.
Beach Camping can be turned into a horrible experience if you arrive at night to the campsite. Make sure you arrive in daylight and find a proper place to make the bonfire. Again, check with relevant authorities if you are allowed to make fire on the ground.
4. KNOW HOW TO MAKE FIRE ON THE BEACH
Before going Beach Camping, you must know how to build fire. For us, it was the most challenging thing for the entire trip. Try to find more firewood and make a little house with sticks. Keeping something that burns very quickly may help to have a good fire against the wind.
5.GET GARBAGE BAGS WITH YOU
If you planning to do Beach Camping in Sri Lanka, garbage bags are a must! Try to collect all your garbage before leaving the site and make sure you don’t leave anything other than footprints.