Summer is coming and this means warm weather, festivals, hiking trips, and CAMPING! I personally love to camp and have gained an immense amount of knowledge about it over the years. The name of the game is preparation. Here are few tips to make sure your first camping trip is a successful one. Happy Camping, Vinties!
1. Know your site
Call ahead or look on the camp sites webpage and ask what is included in your site. Some campsites are considered primitive (no electricity or running water) and some include electrical hookups and water. If you know you won't have access to these things, you can better prepare.
This is also a good time to check the rules of your campsite. Many ask that you bring in no glass, be quiet after 1am, etc.
2. Make a camp box
My fiance and I love to camp. We have two boxes we bring with us each time we go. Here is a quick list of some very valuable supplies!
- Toilet paper, paper towels
- Something to cook on: a grate, sticks, a camp stove if you have it
- Garbage bags
- Tent, stakes, and mallet
- Sleeping bag, pillow, extra blanket
- Duct tape and string
- First aid kit
- Something to sit on around the fire
3. Food and drinks
Make sure you pack enough water. My rule of thumb is a case of water (or a few gallons) per 3 days for a couple. Only pack foods that will keep well in a cooler or are shelf stable. Pack more food than you need because if you are in a remote area food will be expensive and hard to come by. Prep work can save you a lot of time and stress on a camping trip. If you are able, prepare food items beforehand and just warm on the fire!
Pack layers! Weather can be unpredictable. Temperatures also tend to fluctuate throughout the day during camping season. If you have several layers to play with you can stay comfortable all day. Clothing may also get wet or dirty throughout your camping trip so bring plastic bags to store the clothing until you get home.
If your tent is new, you should make sure to set it up at home before you leave. This gives you an opportunity to familiarize yourself and make sure all the parts are there. If it is your first time camping, you may even want to spend a night in the backyard just so you can see what you might be forgetting to bring along.
6. Have fun!
Camping is about having fun and enjoying the outdoors. After all your prep you should be able to sit down and enjoy yourself around the campfire with friends.
Feel free to ask any questions you might have!