If you’re craving some fresh air and want to explore mother nature, camping is a good fit for you. Stepping out into the outdoors, switching off your phone, and sleeping in the wild can help reset your life’s perspective after a long year (or month). Similar to every project in life, a bit of preparation and planning is critical. This way, you can plan your schedule to make the most of your experience.
That said, the ideal way to learn how to camp is to try it.
Even though you’ll encounter some challenges down the road, no camping trip goes exactly as planned. As long as you understand the fundamentals, you’re ready to start your expedition. This guide covers some practical tips to prepare you for a successful outdoor adventure.
- Prepare Ahead
Planning is critical. Many camping sites require reservations, sometimes 90 days or six months in advance. Most campgrounds would turn you down if you didn’t make a reservation. After all the planning you’ve done, being turned down is the last thing you want on your mind.
That said, your first step is to find out where you want to camp. Next, check if reservations are required: to learn more about reservations and best camping trips, click here to get the basic idea of how it goes. If the campground works on a first-come, first-served basis, ensure you arrive early to increase your chances of getting a spot. Thirdly, check the rules and regulations of the camping ground. For instance: do they forbid bonfires at night? Are there any food restrictions? When you plan, it makes things easier when you arrive at camp.
- The Right Gear Matters
Of course, you’ll be sleeping in the wild. That means you need the best gear you can afford. This way, you’re assured of comfort and security. Besides your tent – which plays a critical role in your adventure – you need to pack as though you’re visiting a place with no civilization. Luckily, some camps offer basic social amenities such as a bathroom that’s a few yards away from your tent. That said, here are some essential items you’ll need for your stay:
- Stove: Keep it simple on this one. A two-burner propane camp stove should do it.
- Tent: When choosing a tent, keep your budget low. Don’t go for a tent that fits five people when you can do with a smaller one. However, ensure your tent allows for some breathing room. This way, you can stretch or move your body with ease.
- Sleeping bag: Choose a comfortable and warm sleeping bag. Depending on the season, a 3-season bag is versatile for all types of weather.
- Lighting: Campgrounds don’t have artificial lighting, so you need to carry your own. Pack a flashlight, and don’t forget a headlamp (it provides enough flexibility when you’re doing camp chores).
- Kitchen cutlery and cookware: Unless you’re planning on eating from the leaves of a Peacock plant, remember to pack plates, forks, spoons, cups, and cooking pots. Again, don’t pack your entire kitchen; keep the items at a minimum.
- What Should You Eat?
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Food is an essential part of our daily life. What’s more, your camping meals can make or break your camping experience. Cheese, oatmeal, instant noodles, and macaroni are common camping foods with most experienced campers. You can also carry some dehydrated meals that only require warm water.
It’s common to see beginner campers with a ton of food on their first expedition. The food spoils along the way, and they have to dispose of it even before the camping ends. To avoid such inconveniences, prepare a list of what you’ll need for each meal. Also, don’t forget to include spices. As a general rule, be as specific as possible. Finally, prepare a meal plan of what you’ll be eating for the entire period – which you’re free to break when you feel like.
- Keep It to a Minimum
The best advice any experienced camper will give you is to start small. In short, keep everything to a minimum. You don’t have to purchase the most expensive camping gear on your first expedition. Don’t break the bank trying to make your camping edition magical. It won’t happen. That said, feel free to rent or borrow essential items like a camping tent. You can also buy a second-hand one that’s in good condition.
There you have it! The ultimate camping guide to help you make your outing a memory you’ll live to remember. Hopefully, the tips above will help you make well-informed decisions on your next outdoor adventure. That said, most camping experts recommend camping your way. Every family is different. And what works on another family may not work on yours. Enjoy!
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