If you have never been camping before, you may be hesitant to give it a try. However, this will be an experience unlike any other and once you have given it a try, you are sure to be hooked. And, with these guidelines and helpful tips, you will be able to know precisely what to do on your first trip. Here is what you should be aware of:
Stick to the Essentials
When you are new to camping and you don't really know what to bring camping hiking it can be tempting to stock up on all the camping gear that is advertised to you, but this would be a mistake. This is especially true if you are backpacking to that spot and will be tasked with carrying these items there yourself! This is especially true if you are backpacking to that spot and will be tasked with carrying these items there yourself!
It is a good idea to do some research on what you will need. For the most part, this includes a tent that is appropriate for the weather of your region. Good quality sleeping bags – don’t forget your air mattress for added comfort – as well as chairs, camping stoves, and food storage boxes if you are camping as a group.
You should also pack appropriate clothing for you. For cooler months, take waterproof layers and warm clothes and jackets. For warmer months you will still need to stay covered for bugs and the sun, but opt for lightweight clothing instead.
Look for Simple Gear
Since this is your first time camping, you may have not gotten the hang of setting up tents and other gear up just yet. Not to mention, you may not have sufficient time to learn these skills either. Due to this, stick to an easy assemble tent so that you will have guaranteed shelter every night.
The same can be said for all camping gear, though, including stoves, canopies, and anything else that you may be taking with you. Not only is simpler better, it can also help to shave precious time off setting up camp.
Choose Your Spot Carefully
As you are a novice, it is best not to go anywhere too remote. Instead, look for camping grounds that are relatively well-known and aren’t off the beaten track. Yes, it may be a bit annoying as such spots can often be crowded with others. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to have help on hand if something does go wrong.
At the same time, look for smoother terrain with plenty of shelter. This way, you will be able to set up camp in a gentle and comfortable area and enjoy a better night’s sleep.
Cook Simple Meals
It can be tempting to try and whip up impressive meals the first time around, but it is best not to do this. Instead, take ingredients for meals that can be cooked in just a few minutes. Remember, if you will be hiking the whole day, there is a good chance that you will be quite tired as well. The last thing you will want is to expend even more energy cooking.
There you have it – the top tips for first time campers to follow. If you stick to these then you should be able to get through your first camping experience without a hitch~