For first-timers, camping isn’t always fun. A lot of people worry about rain, mud, not being able to stay warm or not being able to eat a decent meal. The truth is you don’t need to worry.
We’ve put together a checklist that can prepare you for your very first camping trip. With that said, our checklist includes the following:
Research The Area
Trust us when we say you don’t want to show up to a campsite and realize there’s nothing to do. No pub in sight, nothing for the kids to do and nowhere to swim are prime examples. This is why researching the area beforehand is important. Some people don’t mind quietness and tranquility, but some people do want to have some activities to do.
Practicing Pitching Your Tent
Have you ever pitched a tent? If not, then don’t worry because, at some point or another, nobody has. First, purchase your tent and then bring it to an open area. Practice putting it and then take it down. If you find yourself getting stuck, then go to YouTube to find tutorials.
One of the most difficult things about pitching a tent is putting it inside the bag. This is why you need to practice taking it out the bag, putting it up and then taking it down before putting it back inside the bag.
Plan For Bad Weather
Even if the forecast looks sunny, you should plan for poor weather. This means you should:
- Waterproof: Buy waterproofing spray. You want to keep your tent dry, and this type of spray will do just that.
- Bring Backup Supplies: In the event it rains, you’ll want to have a pair of boots on hand. Also, bring along black bags because this will prevent you from dragging in mud into your tent. Shoe protectors are good items to have too.
- Make A Recreational Area: If the weather goes bad, you probably don’t want to be stuck in the tent all day long. Place a small gazebo outside because this will give you the chance to get outside of the tent, enjoy the fresh air and enjoy the rain without getting wet.
Plan For Good Weather
Besides planning for potential bad weather, you need to have a plan for the good weather. Have plenty of sun cream on hand and pack light clothing, including hats and sunglasses. Many shops on campsites do sell sun screams, but you’ll still want to pack your own.
Practice Simple Meals
A lot of people think you can’t eat good while camping, but this isn’t true. A portable stove is all you need, and this device can be purchased at just about any outdoor store. Best of all, portable stoves are cheap, and you can buy a decent one for around $10. Some of the most popular items include a portable kettle and mess tins.
Campsite shops often stock eggs, milk, and items such as those. If possible, then you should practice cooking easy meals in the same stove or pan you’ll bring with you when you go camping.
Book Activities In Advance
If you are going off-site, then plan. For example, if you’re going to head over to a theme park or a theater, then book tickets in advance. This is a good way to ensure you’re able to do the things you want to do and you could end up saving some cash. If you can’t plan ahead due to time constraints, then check with the main facility of the campsite. The chances are there will be tourism leaflets available.
Pack Your Stuff
Packing your stuff is one of those things that is easier said than done. First, pack the most important stuff like your tent, camping mats, toothbrush and things of that nature. If you are cooking at your campsite, then bring a camping stove.
If you aren’t arriving via car, then invest in a rucksack that is large enough to pack all your stuff. Choose a rucksack that has several compartments, as well as buckles.
After you’ve done the above, the next step is to pitch your tent and then sit back, relax and enjoy your camping trip.