Most people relate camping to being a fun activity. But camping can also be a daunting prospect too, especially for the beginners. Amateur campers, without the appropriate guidance, will not know what to carry or bring for camping, what essentials to carry, the right gear to pack, or food to cook. These simple things can be what determines whether your time at camp is fun or disastrous. And for most beginners, not knowing what to carry, and the experience that comes with that can be enough to put them off. For good. But then again, there is no need to fret just yet. This article aims to provide you with the necessary camping tips to get you off your feet and ensure you have the most fantastic camping trip EVER! Keep reading to find out more.
- Bring extra or everything
As a first-time camper, you should know that the food you carried will eventually get over, your toilet paper may get wet, your flashlight batteries will die, your sleeping bag will not be as warm and cozy as you had initially imagined, etc. Have it in your mind that nothing is going to be easy throughout the entire trip. And, it is probably wise to carry extra everything throughout the whole trip, especially the marshmallows. Otherwise, you may be the one first-time camper who finds out the true meaning of roughing it first-hand.
- Ensure you carry a big tent
Ensure you have a big enough tent that can comfortably accommodate you and a few other guys. If you are going to camp with your entire family, then you will need to get a tent that has a capacity rating of six. If, however, it is just you and a plus one, then a capacity rating tent of four can do. Do not buy a small tent that will force you to cramp up every time all of you are in it. that itself will be the deal breaker, and the camp will not be as fun as you initially thought.
- Value your sleep
Sleeping times can be a nightmare especially for the campers who have back problems. You do not want to sleep in a sleeping bag if you have back problems. Instead, make an air mattress where you can comfortably have some good sleep. Never underestimate the power of rest. If the sights and sounds of nature disturb you during sleep, then you may need to carry with you masks and earplugs. Otherwise, you will be in for some wild nights.
- Camping food
Your next thought should be on what you will eat throughout the camping period. Campsite cooking is always a fun experience. Nothing beats cooking out in the open in the middle of the forest or an open field. You will need to carry all the cooking ingredients for the camp trip. Otherwise, you may be the one who roughs it. Campsites are usually at remote locations. So, frozen, dried meals are always a more popular option for most people. You may want to go with that too.
- Check the weather
If there are elements of it being rainy, then you will want to carry some waterproof gear for the camp trip. A raincoat, waterproof boots, rain pants, and a few extra tarps can be quite useful when you must camp in the rain. Do not let the weather put you off if you can help it.
- Pack fire starters
Unless you plan to start your daily campfires the traditional way using two sticks, a fire starter kit can be quite useful. Some matchboxes and lighters can do.
- Do a scavenger hunt
You need to get all the necessary items that will help you during the camp trip. If you aim to take pictures during the trip, then you may want to make quick notes on what you plan to capture. Say the wild birds, animals, the bugs, and even the plants. Ensure you get everything you plan to do during the trip.
- Practice makes perfect
Take this advice positively, and you will be a pro camper in no time. If you cannot set your tent right the first time, do not give up. Try and try again until you do. Fish, hunt, start a fire, cook in the open, etc. Do everything to the best of your ability and make it as perfect as you can.