Camping on the Peace River offers a fun and memorable opportunity to immerse yourself in the region’s diverse ecosystem. From the Florida hammocks to the banks of the river, beautiful campsites are available for an overnight adventure with Peace River Charters! Prep for camping success with these tips to help you navigate the wilderness safely and responsibly.

Know Before You Go

Before embarking on your camping trip, research the area thoroughly. Familiarize yourself with the terrain, weather, local wildlife, and potential hazards. Understanding the lay of the land will help you plan for gear, weather, and activities. 

Florida Forecast: Prep for Rain, Hope for Sun

Florida’s weather can be unpredictable, with sudden rain showers and thunderstorms common, especially during summer. Stay informed about the weather forecast for Arcadia and the surrounding area, and be prepared for changes. Pack appropriate clothing and gear, including rain gear and extra layers, to ensure you stay comfortable regardless of the conditions.

Take time to research expected temperatures and choose the month you wish to camp accordingly. Winter can be a great time to camp in Central and South Florida, with dry, mild days and lots of sunshine. However, nighttime temperatures can dip into the 30s! On the other hand, Summer days bring heat and muggy humidity with temperatures that rarely fall below 80. Know the average weather for your trip dates so you can pack like a pro!

Packing Essentials: Must-Have Items for a Memorable Trip

Safety is always a top priority when camping with Peace River Charters. Our guides are prepared with camping and safety essentials such as a first-aid kit, flashlight, compass/GPS device, and a multi-tool for emergencies. Being prepared personally with a fully charged cell phone and a portable charger can also be invaluable. Additionally, here are some other essentials to include:

  • Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses, sunblock
  • Insect repellent: sprays and candles 
  • Foul-weather gear
  • Safety essentials: first-aid kit, flashlights
  • Food and cooking gear
  • Plenty of water 
  • A sturdy tent with mosquito netting 
  • Sleeping pad and sleeping bag
  • Radio
  • Whistle to signal for help if needed, especially if you’re venturing into remote areas

Follow Local Rules and Regulations

Respect the natural environment and follow the rules and regulations set forth by your trip guide. To minimize your environmental impact, keep noise levels down, dispose of trash properly, and refrain from disturbing wildlife. Be aware of any wildlife encounters and keep a safe distance from animals, especially alligators and snakes, which are common throughout the Peace River. 

Ready to pack your camping gear and embrace the wilderness with Peace River Charters? We’re located in Desoto County, just a short drive from Sarasota, Venice, North Port, and Myakka City. Book your camping adventure today!