Camping can be a wonderful low-cost holiday or a great weekend getaway. Heading into the bush and enjoying the beauty of nature is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a tough week at work, and there are plenty of beautiful places to see.
As with any other type of holiday, the key to a successful camping trip is the right planning. If you pack carefully and gather everything you need ahead of time, you can enjoy a wonderful first-time camping trip – one that will leave you anxious for your next trip into the bush. These packing tips can make your first camping trip a great experience.
- Choose a location close to home for your first camping trip. Choosing a nearby caravan park or campground for your first foray into the rolling solo. Make it comfortable for yourself first time out and make sure that your destination has basic amenities you can use.
- Think about camping out of your vehicle instead of pitching a tent. Setting up a tent is a part of camping, but it does not have to be part of your first camping trip. If you would rather hike the wilderness than figure out tent poles, consider placing the sleeping bags in your van or station wagon instead. Just make sure the campsite you are visiting allows car camping before you head out.
- Print out copies of your campground or caravan park reservation, confirmation numbers and other essential items. Make multiple copies and keep them in your glove box, wallet and other convenient places. It is a good idea to download the documents to your smartphone as well, but keep in mind that reception can be spotty in remote campgrounds.
- Purchase an assortment of ready-to-eat meals and snacks as you prepare for your trip. Choose meals that are easy to prepare and eat. If you have always dreamed of pancakes by the fire, mix up the batter before you go and store it in an airtight container like a cleaned-out soda bottle.
Contact the campground or national park where you will be staying and ask about the amenities they have. Some campgrounds include a country store where campers can purchase food and basic supplies.
Choose activities that do not require a lot of gear. There are plenty of great things to do on your first camping trip, from hiking to a scenic spot to swimming in the lake. Choose activities that do not require a lot of additional gear; you and the family will have more fun.
Talk to other campers. Experienced campers can provide a wealth of knowledge and hundreds of great tips. Spend your first camping trip getting to know fellow camping enthusiasts and benefiting from their experience.