Tips And Tricks: A Non-Camper’s Guide To Camping

Camping was a fun activity people would do with family and friends back in the day. But now if you have finally decided to try it, here's how to plan, pack, and enjoy your first camping trip
People camping near the fire
People camping near the fireShutterstock

Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, relax, and have fun with your friends or family. However, if you are not a camper, you may feel intimidated by the idea of sleeping in a tent, cooking over a fire, and dealing with bugs and wildlife. Don’t worry, camping is not as hard or scary as it may seem. With some planning and preparation, you can have a successful and enjoyable camping trip as a non-camper. Here are some tips and advice on how to get ready for your first camping adventure:

Choose A Suitable Type Of Camping

There are different types of camping, such as front country camping, backcountry camping, glamping, or RV camping. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your preferences, budget, and skill level. For beginners, front country camping is the easiest and most accessible option, as you can drive to a campground and pitch your tent near your car. You will also have access to facilities such as washrooms, sinks, showers, and electricity.

Learn Camping Skills

Campers lighting a fire while setting up the camp tent
Campers lighting a fire while setting up the camp tentShutterstock

Before embarking on a camping trip, it's important to familiarise yourself with some basic camping skills and etiquette. Knowing how to set up and take down your tent, safely start and extinguish a campfire, store food and trash away from animals, use bathroom facilities or dig a cathole, respect wildlife and other campers, and leave no trace when you depart are all essential skills to have. Taking the time to learn these skills and practice them before hitting the campsite will help ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience for everyone.

Get The Right Gear

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Preparing for a camping trip requires proper planning and packing of essential gear and equipment.First and foremost, you'll need a sturdy tent, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads to ensure a good night's rest. Don't forget to pack warm clothing and rain gear, as well as appropriate footwear for hiking and exploring. A portable stove and cooking supplies are also essential for preparing meals on-site. Other important items to consider include a first aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a portable water filter or purification tablets. By packing these essentials, you'll be well-prepared for a great camping adventure.

Plan Your Trip In Advance

A woman camping alone
A woman camping aloneShutterstock

Before you go camping, you should do some research and planning to make sure you have a smooth and enjoyable trip. One of the most important things should consider is the weather. Check the forecast for your destination and pack accordingly. You may need to bring extra layers, rain gear, sunscreen, or insect repellent depending on the season and the climate.

Choose a campground or a campsite that suits your needs and interests. You may want to look for one that has scenic views, hiking trails, water activities, or other attractions nearby. You should also check the rules and regulations of the campground, such as reservation policies, check-in and check-out times, pet policies, fire restrictions, and noise limits.

Decide how long you want to stay at the campground and plan your itinerary accordingly. You may want to start with a short trip of one or two nights to get used to camping before going for longer trips. Estimate how much you will spend on your camping trip and set a realistic budget. You will need to consider the costs of transportation, accommodation, food, gear, activities, and emergencies.

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