Last updated on October 5th, 2019 at 11:55 am
Camping might not be for everyone. But if you’ve been inspired by the five benefits of spending more time outdoors and are looking for ways to get outside, camping is an excellent option!
It’s not complicated. Part of the beauty of camping is the simplicity. But as a beginner, camping can feel like quite the feat. A little bit of advice from veterans like myself and others around the ‘net will go a long way in making your first camping adventure a successful one!
You haven’t gone camping before, or maybe you haven’t since childhood. But now you’re excited to embrace the rugged life! Before you go buying all the high-end gear, draining your bank account for a pastime you’re not even sure your family will enjoy, start simple. Borrow basic supplies from your outdoorsy friend — tent, sleeping bags, foam mattresses, a tarp, flashlights, fire starters, camping utensils, etc.
Go for a Trial Run.
A week away in the wilderness is not the way to introduce your family to camping. Especially if you have littles with you, keep your first (and maybe second and third) camping trip short and close to home. In fact, the backyard is a great place to start! Practice setting up the tent, starting a fire, and cooking over the fire. Sleeping all night in the tent without sneaking inside at all hours is something worth practicing, as well as surviving without the electronics for a time.
Scope Out Campsites.
When you’re ready to dive in to some more rugged camping, make sure you know where you’re going. There are countless campsite options everywhere. Choose one that fits your family. Is it family friendly? Pet friendly? What type of facilities does it offer — toilets, showers, playgrounds? Is there a lake or hiking trails? As a beginner, you’ll want to make sure there’s a town nearby in case dinner over the fire doesn’t turn out, or you need to grab some extra supplies. You’ll also want to take note of the way the campground is set up, as some have the campsites very close to each other while others may have you hidden in the woods.Camping for Beginners -- Our Tips for Happy Camping! | #camping #outdoors #campinglife #campingtrip #travel Click To Tweet
Plan Your Meals.
Hopefully, you’ve practiced cooking some meals over the fire at home. As a newby, keep the meals simple — ramen noodles, hot dogs, oatmeal, scrambled eggs. But just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t eat well! Check out this list of mouth-watering campfire dishes when you’re ready to tackle a more elaborate meal plan. To simplify your camp cooking, grab something like this Primus Stove to take along with you. You’ll be grateful for camping cookware as well.
Make a List.
Like any trip you go on, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need. Here’s a list to help you out:
- Sleeping bags/bedding
- Cooking supplies
- Water bottles
- Flashlights and spare batteries
- Matches/lighters and fire starters
- Wood for a fire (or an ax to cut wood)
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Adequate clothing
- Tarps for under and over your tent
- Fold-out chairs
- Things to do (games, books, toys)
The best way to graduate from novice camper to veteran is to go camping! It’s an adventure for the whole family that is worth embracing. Happy camping!