Surviving Your First Camping Trip
Camping is a great way to escape everyday life and experience some peaceful alone time with nature. It’s healthy for the mind, the body, and the spirit and everyone deserves to get some fresh air daily. Nature is a magnificent thing, and it’s very easy to forget about it. The key to having a relaxing camping trip is to be prepared. Here if your guide to camping for the first time, so that you can have an excellent experience and continue to making camping your hobby.
Where to start:
The most important thing to do when going camping, is to know what area you’d like to camp around. Camping requires a lot of research, so make sure you look at a map to know exactly where you’ll be. For first time campers, it’s recommended to start at a campsite. Many campsites are located around national parks, county parks, and local parks near rivers. These can be found on the internet with specific directions on how to get there, but make sure you have a general idea of where you’d like to go camping. Make sure you make a reservation at the camp-site right away, so they don’t get overly booked. Plan to bring a map and a compass in case your phone doesn’t work.
What you’ll need:
Camping is supposed to be about relaxing and discovering nature, so it can be hard to get help in case of emergencies. You must come prepared.
Backpack– You’ll definitely need to bring a camping backpack so you don’t overpack. You might want to invest into a camping backpack so that you don’t hurt your back while hiking. Teton offers lightweight backpacks.
Tent– Depending on how many people go on your camping trip, you’ll want to pack a tent. If you and your friends are going together, you might want to buddy up in a tent so that it’s easier to carry on your trip. There are many different options for tents, but the lighter the better. This way you can attach it to your backpack. It’s always better to invest into a good quality tent, so focus on something lightweight with flexible poles.
Sleeping Bag– There are also many options for sleeping bags, but you want to stay warm at night. Make sure you look at where you’ll be camping to decide on how heavy your sleeping bag should be. Down sleeping bags have great comfort and are light weight. Water resistant bags is recommended in case of rain or water encounters.
Fire starters– You’ll want to buy a small pack of fire starters with matches so that you can have a fire going when cooking your meals and staying warm. You can buy these at your local Wal-mart or Cabela’s. If you’ve never made a fire before, make sure you read the directions and do some research before trying for the first time on your campsite.
First Aid Kit– Include a first aid kit in your backpack in case you get hurt. Even minor injuries can turn into a problem if they are not treated properly. Make sure to include gauze, peroxide, and antibiotic ointment creams. Mosquito repellent, and sunscreen are also essential to protect your skin.
Solar-Powered Phone Charger– Although you’re trying to escape reality, bring your phone and a solar power charger for emergencies only. In any case you get lost or something happens, you can always walk around or climb higher ground to get service.
Light– Night-time when camping is dark. Remember there are no city lights around in the woods. It’s important to pack some source of light. Flashlights, headlamps and lanterns will be great to use in the dark, especially when your fire goes out.
Food– It’s essential to bring food that you can cook over a fire, but also freeze dried foods are a great option because they’re lightweight and easy to make: just add hot water! There are many different options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, such as lasagna, scrambled eggs, and macaroni and cheese. Instant coffee is great to bring along for your trip as well. There is also a variety of camping cookware options that you can bring along in your backpack, but again- the lighter the better. Also stock up on snacks that are high in protein so that you have energy throughout your day. Make sure to bring water, or a water filter in case you run out of water and are out of options for drinking.
Clothes– Remember you’re camping to experience nature, not a fashion show. Make sure you wear water-resistant hiking boots and dress in layers so you can adjust to the weather and don’t hurt yourself. Weather proof and water resistant clothing is highly recommended so you can stay warm throughout the trip. If you plan on staying at one campsite, it’s a great idea to pack extra clothing because you will get dirty.
Once you have all your essentials together in your backpack, you’re reading to take on nature and head to your campsite. When you get there, set up your tent (most tents come with directions) and fire pit before it gets dark so you know exactly where everything is. After camp is set up, you’re free to enjoy nature. Be sure to take a map with you everywhere you go, and don’t leave uncanned food out on its own. Have an idea before your trip on activities that you might want to do such as hiking, swimming, etc. Camping is peaceful and relaxing, but it’s important to do your research on where you’ll be camping and things to bring so that you can come as prepared as possible. This will allow you to enjoy your trip, while avoiding potential problems.