What camping means to you?
Travelling takes us out of our coziness and inspires us to check, taste and try new things. It constantly challenges us, not only to adapt to and explore new surroundings, but also to engage with different humans, to embrace new things as they come and to share new and significant experiences with best friends and daughter.
Whether it’s your first weekend camping or your 100th, camping in a flysheet can and should be a great adventure that you remember for the highlights – not the disappointments. Experienced campers know what to expect and what to prepare for, but may still be surprised by a simple camping tip they would never have thought of on their own. For new campers, their first few camping trips can make or break their desire to continue camping.
These simple and above all sensible tips will help new campers get off to a good start and may even include a few suggestions for the experienced camper.
Know your campsite: Tent camping is all about being prepared, and you can’t be prepared if you don’t know what to expect. It is not enough just to know whether it is a mountain or lowland site, whether it will be hot or cold, you also need to know the type of terrain in the area and the typical weather forecasts. Knowing that the campground has amenities such as; water, electricity and sanitation are important, but it also helps to know where, when and how much. Like; bathrooms are located a mile from your site, or there is one water source for the entire site, or electricity is available, but you can only use one extension cord. Camping restrictions can also play a big role in your preparations. Your anticipation of great campfire meals will be a big disappointment when you arrive and discover that open campfires are not allowed.
Be prepared: Knowing the above information will help you decide what camping gear and equipment to bring and how much to bring. It is not only the correct and expected items and amounts for your planned outing, but also what you need for the ‘unplanned’. For example; you planned to do one change of clothes per day – what happens if you get unplanned wet from the rain or a missed step crossing a creek, or you brought enough fuel for your camping stove for normal camping conditions, but it’s colder and windier than you expected – needing extra fuel you didn’t bring with you. Are there: mosquitoes, flies and insects, or snakes and vermin invading the camp? You will be miserable if you don’t prepare for it.
Check and double check: Most experienced campers have and use camping checklists that they have refined over time to suit their camping style and needs. It is especially important for new campers to use them as well. It only takes one forgotten item, big or small, to ruin all or part of your camping spot. Your camping stove looks great on the table, but it won’t do you much good if you forget the fuel connection for the propane bottle, and imagine your surprise when you’re ready to start dinner and realize it’s fully stocked and organized camp food cooler sits at home on the garage floor, instead of with the rest of the camping gear -where you based on it was. Check it when you organize it and check it again when you pack it on board.
These are just the basics. Each area has so much more to offer that the details provide enough fodder for dozens of camping books for each area. It doesn’t matter which method you find that works for you, as long as you find one, if you cover these three areas of preparation, your chances of a great and memorable outdoor camping trip are a lot better than those that don’t.
For more information including; step-by-step tips for planning a trip and free printable camping checklists, check out Gus’ article on planning an outdoor camping trip.
Why is camping good for you?
Tour relieves stress and boosts testosterone
Travelling has the ability to take you out of our daily routine and into new enviroment and adventur and this can reset your physics and calm your mind. Even planning a adventure can have an fantastic effect on the chemistry – it boosts happiness and feels rewarding.