No matter how much you love city life, the sudden urge to get out of and camp can seize your imagination at any time. Learning how to go camping for the first time can be a little overwhelming, but it’s worth it.
As long as you are aware of the camping basics, the rest will become an unforgettable memory and experience that will help you grow each time you embark on another camping trip. We’ve listed for you the basic guidelines to prep you for a successful camping trip, first of many.
What You’ll Need
Before we start, here is a list of the top seven essentials for camping. These will ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience.
- Camping Tent
- Camping Sleeping bag
- Camping Sleeping pad
- Camping Flashlight
- Camping First aid kit
- Camping Kitchen Utensil
- Camping Backpack
Best Type of Camping for Beginners
The best type of camping shelter is one that will keep you warm, dry and, safe. Tents are usually the most preferred and a popular beginner-friendly option because they’re portable and adaptable.
Tents come in a range of shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of weather protection and insulation. Before you buy a tent, keep in mind your needs as some are designed keeping in mind solo travelers, while others have multiple spaces for the entire family. One must also consider the weather; tents do not have the facility of cooling and heating.
The Best Camping Locations for Beginners
Choosing a location for your first time out camping can be rugged. As someone who is still learning the basics of camping, it’s a good idea not to be too far from the basic facilities such as restrooms.
Start by asking yourself why is it that you want to go on this camping trip? Do you want to go and visit historical places or new places? Do you want to spend quality time with your family by the campfire, or do you wish to explore alone? Questioning yourself will make it easier for you to decide where to go.
It is equally important to choose a location based on the season. You keep in mind rainfall, low or high temperatures, and which sites offer the most beautiful views. If you choose to travel alone, you can easily select places with backpack excursions and mountain treks; however, if the entire family is coming along, you should opt for a place that can be fun for the kids and each member of the family.
Camping Gear for Beginners
A successful camping trip is about knowing what to wear, what gear to bring and how to use it. Making a checklist is an excellent way to keep your belongings organized and safe. The equipment used in camping varies with by intended activity.
What To Bring
There are many things you need for camping, but the essential camping gear for beginners includes:
Tent: Choose a tent based on your group/family size,
Sleeping gear: Keep with you all your sleeping essentials, including your pillows, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, a quilt for a goodnight’s sleep.
Campsite needs: Flashlights, outdoor lighting such as LED tube lights will come in handy. You will also need a cooler and
Essential items: Ensure to keep your toiletries, including towels, shampoo, toothbrush, and other things like contact lenses.
Safety equipment: If you’re one of those who get bit by insects quickly, don’t forget to keep an insect repellent.
Kitchen Supplies: Bring all your kitchen supplies, like pans, grills, and dishes, to have the best cooking experience out in the woods or the mountains.
Games and other activities: Carry with you all your card or board games so that you can have a great time.
If you have a pet along, don’t forget to keep their leash and harness, food and water bowls, toys, etc.
What To Wear
Your clothing depends on four major factors:
- Where you’re going,
- The season,
- The weather conditions,
- The type of sports/activities you’ll indulge in.
It is necessary to keep rain gear, including boots, a water-resistant coat, and a sturdy umbrella. You can also keep layering pieces like long sleeve shirts, lightweight tops, underclothes, and jackets. Keeping extra socks and underwear is always a plus.
If you wish to engage in water activities, then you must keep all your swim gear. You will need glasses and a sun hat for all the exploring that you do. If you’re camping in the winter, then it is best to include thermal layers, scarfs, thick socks, and long pants to keep you warm.
Meal Planning for Beginners
A trick to save time and make your camping cooking stress-free is to plan your meals before heading out for camping. It will not only give you more time to explore and enjoy but will also save your budget.
Take your cooking essentials with you, such as your spices, cooking oils, sauces, etc. Choose all these based on your meal plan. You might want to take a huge amount of snacking items with you, especially if you’ve kids around. Since you will be more active and engage in outdoor activities, you’ll need your energy.
Our Final Thoughts
These top guidelines on going camping will make your first camping trip as exciting and fulfilling as possible. And hopefully, it won’t be your last. Give yourself a break you’ve been craving, and start planning your camping trip today.