I am relatively new to the camping world. However, I did recently take a 2 week long camping trip (there were some hotel stays thrown in there as well) where I learned a lot about camping.
One thing that I learned? I learned that I love to camp! If you learn how to do things the correct way, then camping can be a lot of fun.
Here are my tips to make a great trip out of camping:
Quality camping equipment can go a long way.
Yes, quality usually means that it will be more expensive, but if you know that you plan on going camping a lot then it can be well worth it.
We knew that we wanted to start camping more and that we wanted to be comfortable doing it. Because of this, we researched different camping equipment and bought high quality camping items to make our trip as enjoyable as possible. We tried to buy light weight products and items that were very compact so that we could fit more stuff into our camping backpack. We also wanted items that could be assembled easily, and most of our equipment pretty much puts itself together it feels like.
Quality equipment can apply to your tent, awning or shade tent, sleeping bag, sleeping tent, cooking utensils and stove, and more. There are plenty of products out there to get the best experience that you can out of camping.
Test out your equipment before you actually camp.
Before you go on an actual camping trip, you should test out all of your equipment to make sure everything works. Last thing you want to happen is to arrive at your camping location only to realize that you are missing a needed part of your tent.
If you can, try to have a "camping trip" in your backyard first. This way you can figure out what you may still need before you actually go camping.
Always pay the campground fee.
If you are camping at a campground, then you may notice that you usually do not pay a person the money for your camping spot. Usually you just slip your money into an envelope and put it in a box. Some may try to not pay, but you always should!
Always clean up, especially in bear country.
If you are camping, then there is probably at least somewhat of a chance that there are animals near you. There are many things that you should do to protect yourself and the wildlife near you.
Always make sure that you put all food into your car or bear safe lockers, that you clean your dishes at least 100 feet away from where you are sleeping, that you don't sleep in the clothes that you cooked in, and that you don't store food in your sleeping area.
Camping doesn't always mean the same thing.
There are many different types of campgrounds out there. Some are very rustic and don't have anything for you. Others may have a tent pad, a parking spot, and a port-a-potty. Others may have hot showers, nice bathrooms, a restaurant, and more. There is definitely something out there for everyone.
So, what do I need to camp?
Here is a quick checklist of different items that you may need for your next camping trip:
- Tent footprint;
- Tent rain fly;
- Mallet for tent pegs;
- Blanket for underneath your sleeping pad;
- Sleeping pad;
- Sleeping bag;
- Toilet paper;
- Cooler for food;
- Stove or campfire and wood;
- Flashlight, headlamp, and/or lantern;
- First-aid kit;
- Comfortable Clothing;
- Bug spray.
Do you like to camp? Why or why not?