If you’re new to camping, getting ready for your trip might seem a little daunting. What do you need to bring? How do you make food? How will you see in the dark? These are just a few of the questions that overwhelm newbies enough to give up. Honestly, we understand the struggle. Without the right guide, camping can be a little stressful.
Fortunately, this guide will help you navigate your camping trip like a pro. Create a checklist, be prepared, and use this guide to enjoy a stress-free camping trip without last-minute U-turns to retrieve a forgotten item.
Get A Great Tent
First, get a great tent. A high-quality tent will keep you away from bugs, out of the natural elements, and provide you with the best night's rest you’ve ever experienced.
A good tent will also serve you better in the long run so make sure you get one that is made with quality materials. Choose from one of our many exceptional and affordable tents for your camping trip. Whether you’re a family or a single traveler, we’ve got great options for you.
Choose Your Tent Location Wisely
When you reach your chosen camping destination, think about where you want to pitch your tent. Setting it up only to discover the ground slopes or dips in certain areas or that there’s a big rock where you wanted to lay your camping mattress can be frustrating.
So, here are our top tips for choosing the right location for your tent:
- Choose a safe spot away from fires, cliffs, or other danger zones.
- Choose a flat area that doesn’t have too many rocks. Clear the area before setting up.
- Don’t settle near animal trails, nests, or habitats.
- Some natural tree shade is also good if it’s available as this will help prevent your tent from getting too hot on those sunny days.
- If possible, don’t camp too close to other campers as most people like privacy when camping.
- Try to stay away from stagnant water as there will likely be a lot of bugs and mosquitoes.
Check The Weather
If you’re booking a camping spot or going off the grid, it’s important to determine the date you want to head out. While there are benefits to camping in winter, it’s good to only do so out of choice and not by accident to make sure you’re properly prepared!
Check your camping dates, check the weather, and make sure the weather forecast suits your unique needs.
Create A Camping Checklist
After you have decided on the date of your camping trip, create a camping checklist. You can create two: things you need to do before camping and things you need to take with you when camping.
Things you need to do before camping can include:
- Clean out any perishable items from your fridge
- Prep your meals and the food you’ll take
- Fill up your vehicle to make the trip
- Check your vehicle tires and the terrain
Then you need to pack everything you’ll need on your trip. This will include items such as:
- Camping stove
Make sure you detail all the items you’ll need and check them off as you pack to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Pack Your Camping Gear And Accessories
When camping, it’s always better to pack light. You’ll have a lot to set up and carry around, and having too many items will be cumbersome.
Here are some camping accessory essentials:
- Matches or a lighter
- A torch or two (solar-powered ones are great)
- Extra Batteries
- Sleeping Bag
- Camping mattress
- Camping blanket
- Camping pillow
- Camping stove
- Picnic table
- Bug repellant
Think of the items you absolutely need and pack them.
Dress The Part
Depending on the weather and the area you choose to camp in, you’ll need to pack different items of clothing. It’s always best to dress for the weather of the area and the surrounding area.
If you are in a warm, humid area with lots of bugs and strange plants, dress in long, airy clothes that will protect your skin and keep you cool.
If you are doing extreme weather camping in the snow, pack warm clothes you can re-wear. And if you’re going hiking or swimming or doing other fun activities, make sure to pack the correct gear.
Plan & Prepare Your Meals
Determine ahead of time what meals you’re going to eat and where you can buy them. Can you buy it close to the campground or will you need to buy it at home and take it with you? It’s also important to determine how you’ll store the food. If you have perishables, you’ll need an ice box and a way to keep the smell away from animals.
By following these simple tips, camping will be a lot more fun and everything will go smoothly. Be prepared and start enjoying your camping trip without all the usual camping stress!