Camping is a good way to get away from the boring, familiar day to day routine and activities.
It is a decent way to rest and have fun. It is also a way to bond with your spouse or family. As a beginner, it may not be easy at first, as you will get so many things wrong. That’s why this guide is good for you, as a beginner, to help you have a stress-free and enjoyable camping experience.
How to Prepare for Camping
Choose a Campsite
When you decide you want to go camping, you’ll have to choose the camping site. You will have a lot of campsites options to choose from. As a beginner, there are things to look out for to help you know if the campsite is ideal for you. Find out if the campsite allows dogs if it has amenities such as toilets and bathrooms and generally if it’s ‘child-friendly‘.
As a beginner, you will tend to forget some things. It’s good to choose a campsite that is nearer to a town so that you can have a place to eat and buy the things you forgot to carry.
Practice Pitching a Tent
As they say, practice makes perfect. Practice on how to pitch a tent at home. It will enable you to learn how to put up or to take down a tent. You will save you time and unnecessary, embarrassing situations when you arrive at the campsite. Imagine a situation where you are at the camping site and you have no idea how to set it up, and your family is looking up to you to do it for them!
Make a Practical Campsite at Home
Once you know how to pitch a tent, have a practical camp. It will equip you with skills you’ll need to survive your first camping outing. You will know what to do and what you’ll need while in the real camp. It will also let you know if the tent will be able to sustain you and your family while camping.
Plan for the Meals in Advance
As a beginner, you’ll have to plan your meals beforehand. You should know what food you’ll eat and how it’ll you will cook it. Check with your campsite to know whether it allows campfire. Scout for pubs and restaurants around the campsite where you can get food in case things don’t work out as you expected.
What to Take to the Campsite
Tents are one of the most important tools for any camping trip. You will need something to shelter yourself from the scorching sun and cold. Tents come in many shapes and sizes. As a beginner, you need to choose a tent that’s right for you. Get a tent that’s two times bigger than the number of your family members. It will ensure you enough room to keep your other staff in the tent and still have enough space to sleep. Get a quality tent that will be able to withstand wind, heat and night cold.
It doesn’t matter the time of the year you decide to go camping; sleeping bags are essential tools for any camper. During summer, temperatures may still drop at night. Get sleeping bag/bags will ensure you stay warm irrespective of the time of the year you are camping.
All the Essentials You’ll Need While Camping
It’s always challenging for any beginner to go for camping especially if you are not sure of what equipment you’ll need while at the campsite. Make a list of all the essentials you need while camping. It will help you not to forget anything that is essential behind.
What to Do While on the Site?
Setting Up Your Campsite
When you arrive at your campsite, pitch your tent at a place where the ground is level and has no debris that can damage your tent. Make sure the back of the tent faces the wind for more stability. Also, ensure the pegs of your tent are at a 45-degree angle from the ground.
Cook Your Meals Some Distance From Your Tent
It will help you avoid the unthinkable. Your tent is not made up of iron sheets. If it catches fire, it will spoil your fun because you may be forced to spend the night in the cold.
All expert campers were once beginners. You may have to learn it the hard way before you become an expert camper, or it may go well for you on your first camping experience. It’s advisable to go for camping during weekdays. During weekends many campsites are usually jam-packed.
All in all, everything has a beginning. The above camping guide for beginners will help you in your journey to becoming an expert camper!