If you’re going to go camping for the first time ever, it’s vital that you prepare properly and think things through before you leave home to have as much fun as possible. Here are some camping tips and tricks for beginners to make sure you enjoy you camping trip as much as possible.
Camping Tip #1 – Bring the Essentials
Forgetting any of the camping essentials will get you in trouble every time. Every camping trip you’ll need a tent (or other shelter), sleeping bags & pads or cots to sleep on. Food and water is another big deal. If you don’t bring enough food you’re going to be hungry and out of energy (and likely begging from your camp mates). Same goes with water, being dehydrated is unhealthy and potentially dangerous. Oh yeah, you’ll need some cooking supplies to prepare your food in too.
Camping Tip #2 – Know Your Equipment
Don’t wait until you get to your camp spot to figure out how to set up your tent or put the rain fly on. The last thing you want to do is to spend hours learning how to set up your shelter when you should be out having fun or relaxing by the fire. If you head out in the evening this could be an even bigger disaster, which leads into your next camping tip.
Camping Tip #3 – Leave Home Early
One of the best camping tips for beginners I can give you is to leave your home early. Get up to your camping spot early in the day so you can get your camp setup before it gets dark. Things do go wrong sometimes, whether it’s a flat tire or you just can’t figure out your tent (see above). You don’t want a small inconvenience to force you to sleep on the ground.
Camping Tip #4 – Use a Camping Checklist
Whether it’s your first or twenty seventh camping trip, you need to make a checklist of the items you need to bring, should bring, and might want to bring. Checking the items off as you put them in the truck will help you get everything you need, plus give you peace of mind knowing you have everything.
Camping Tip #5 – Check The Weather
Before you head out, be sure to check the weather report and prepare accordingly. If it’s supposed to rain, then be sure to bring some tarps to set up and enough clothes to change into if you get wet (which you will). Remember: Weather reports are rarely spot on, so even if it’s supposed to be sunny the whole time, pack a little extra just in case.
Camping Tip #6 – Double Check Your Expendables
Go through your camping supplies and make sure you have enough of everything that gets used up. Items like matches, propane, plastic forks & spoons, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. Running out of one of these during a camping trip is a bummer.
Camping Tip #7 – Clean Up As You Go
Nothing is worse than a group of campers that lets their campsite become a pig sty. This isn’t just a camping tip for beginners – EVERYONE needs to keep a clean campsite. Make a habit of cleaning up as you go. Burn paper products as you use them or put them in a box to burn when you start the fire. Hang a garbage bag up and let everyone know about it so garbage is taken care of right away.
Follow each of these camping tips and tricks for beginners and you’ll be on your way to a weekend of fun in the woods. Don’t let a little unpreparedness spoil your trip, get everything ready in advance and you’ll enjoy a stress-free camping trip.
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