One common misconception about camping is that you need to be outdoorsy or a nature fanatic to enjoy your trip. On the contrary, camping is actually a great way to disconnect from all your stresses at work and spend some quality time with your family or friends. To ensure that your camping goes smoothly and is more enjoyable, here are a few tips on how you can effectively plan your first ever camping trip.
- Choose an Ideal Campsite. One important thing to remember when deciding on your camping site is to know the different types of site, as well as each of its own pros and cons. If you prefer to camp on a more secluded area, try looking into primitive campsites, or national parks that allow camping. That said, understand that going on a primitive camping does come with some challenges like not having a potable water to drink, and not having any proper access to a toilet. So think about these factors first before you decide on going on a particular type of camping.
- Plan Your Meals Early On. If you’re a first-time camper, there’s a possibility that you’ll find preparing your meal prior to your camping trip a bit bizarre. With that said, planning your meals beforehand and bringing along ingredients that won’t immediately go bad can actually make your trip a lot better. Simply think of meals that are both flavourful and healthy. Foils meals (meals with ingredients that can be cooked in aluminium foil) are a great meal option to start with.
- Decide on Your Camping Activities Beforehand. Other than camping, there’s a chance that you’ll find several activities that you can do to kill your time while outdoors. So ensure that you discuss the activities that you’ll be trying with your camping buddies beforehand. Doing this will enable you to pack all the right things and properly prepare for the activity that you’ll be doing.
- Create a Packing List. On other types of trips, it’s quite easy to run to the hotel front desk or the grocery store to buy an item that you forgot to bring. But unlike that kind of trips, a camping trip requires you to bring more things, and that’s why creating a packing list would help in ensuring that you don’t skip out on any essentials. And let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to be the person who forgets to pack his S’mores supplies or his sleeping bag.
Planning a camping trip isn’t really that difficult even for a first-timer. All you’ve got to do is follow these camping preparatory tips and make the most out of your time while on your trip.