Whether you’re comping for the first time or an experienced camper, you may want to have a great outdoor adventure. A good camping trip should be remembered for all the good things that happened, not for its disappointments. Even if you’re an experienced camper who knows what to prepare for and what to expect, you may be surprised by a simple camping tip you never thought about. For new campers, their first camping trip can break or make their desire to camp again. The following top tips when camping can help beginner campers have a good start and contain suggestions for experienced campers.
Research to Know More About Your Camping Location
A successful camp is all about knowing your camping area and what you can expect during your camping trip. If you don’t know what to expect, then you won’t be able to prepare appropriately. I would recommend reading a basic camping guide to help make sure you’re ready for every scenario. Do your homework to know the terrain of the area. Is it a lowland or mountain campsite. Do you need to book the camp in advance? Do they allow pets? Is there enough space for a camper van? Another thing to keep in mind is if there amenities in the campsite such as bathroom facilities, water, and electricity. Knowing if these things are present will determine how much you need to pack for the camp.
Also, it’s vital that you be aware of any camping restrictions in the campsite. Your anticipation of a great campfire meal can turn into a big disappointment when you arrive and learn that open fires are restricted.
Be Prepared Adequately
Before setting out on your camping adventure, it’s important that you’re well equipped with all the essential items. Use the information above to determine the camping gear to carry and how much you need to take. Don’t just carry items for expected events. Pack even for the unexpected. For instance, carry extra clothing because you may get soaked in the rain or fall in a river while crossing. Are there flies, mosquitoes, bugs, or snakes and camp-invading animals? You’ll have a miserable time if you did not prepare for them.
Essential items you can’t go without are: Enough food, enough water (if it’s not available in the campsite, enough clothes, a high-quality tent and its essentials, toilet paper, lighter, basic eating utensils (cups, bowls, and plates), washbasin, camp stove and sleeping bags. Other items are insect repellent, sunscreen, camping knife, all-weather shoes, first-aid kit and flashlights with extra batteries.
Check and Double Check Before Leaving Your Home
Another tip that you shouldn’t overlook is checking and double checking that you’ve carried all the needed items before leaving for the camp. Here, a checklist can come in handy. Forgetting an item, whether small or large, can ruin the whole camping experience. Your camping stove may look great, but it won’t be helpful if you leave it at home. Imagine how disappointing it can be being ready to prepare some food only to realise that you left your camping stove in your garage. Prepare a checklist and use it to check that you have carried everything needed.
Pay Attention to the Weather
Check weather forecasts often in the days nearing your camping trip. Don’t assume that the weather will be good. You may be disappointed after planning out the itinerary and finding that you can’t do anything because of the rain. Weather may be unpredictable. Ensure that you pack rain gear and extra clothing to have a good time. Also, plan activities that you can do in any type of weather. This way, you won’t be bored in case the weather changes. Plan some activities such as hiking, river rafting, biking, swimming, fishing, boating, and horseback riding to ensure that you have a memorable time.
Arrive at the Campsite Early
It’s recommended that you arrive early in the camping location so that you can choose the best site to set up your tent. Make sure that you arrive during daylight hours. Don’t leave this to chance. By arriving late in the evening, you may find that all the best locations have been taken and end up with a rocky location. Arriving during the day can give you more time to familiarise with the place and to prepare your tent and other equipment. Doing all these activities during the day will give you a relaxing first night at the camp.
With these top tips when camping, you will have a worry-free and exciting camping adventure. Keep in mind that you’re in the camp to have an enjoyable time. Relax and enjoy yourself!