Welcome to the exciting world of camping! Camping is such a great way to spend time with family and friends and unplug from your busy lives. Connecting with nature can greatly improve your mood and teach you so much about living outside your comfort zone! As you start to plan your first camping trip, here are some things all new campers should know! What to pack, some things to avoid, and some things to remember!
Things New Campers Should Pack
Extra Clothing: You never know what you are in for on a camping trip. This doesn’t mean pack enough for an extra week, but it does mean bringing extra socks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and shoes. Kids tend to be a bit…curious! So, make sure to pack a few extra for them as well!
Games and Activities: Having games and activities is great for the whole family. After a long day on the lake or out hiking through the woods, it can be fun to just sit around and play a board game or a round of charades. These are also great to have to pass the time during a rainy day!
Bins: Using bins for your items can help you stay organized throughout the entire trip. Use them to pack indoor activities, outdoor essentials, cooking necessities, toiletries, hiking gear, extra clothing etc. With bins you can label each of them and use them when needed. Organization before and during the trip will make everything go a little smoother.
A Big Tent: Take that tent out before your trip and test it out with the family! Lay out all of the blankets, sleeping bags and pillows and make sure that you are all able to sleep in it comfortably. If you plan to stay in your RV, test out the different sleeping arrangements and make sure they work for everyone.
Things New Campers Should Avoid
Explore! Have a blast! But while you are planning your camp out or roaming your campsite, keep in mind some of these things to avoid.
Bad Weather: Always check the radar before you leave for a trip. If you are leaving the day of or going to be somewhere close, keep an eye on any nearby storms. Plan ahead with tarps, extra clothing, and know where a close hotel is just in case it gets really bad.
Remote campsites: When you go camping, one of the main goals is to unplug from your busy life and connect with nature. There is nothing wrong with that! However, if you are new to camping, make sure you stay somewhere that has good cell reception. This is a good idea for any emergencies or if someone wanders off.
Certain Plants: Leaves of 3, let them be! Berries of white, take flight! Learn about the wildlife and foliage that is going to be surroundings to so you can educate yourself and your kids on what to stay away from!
Things To Remember
Here are some things to remember and some friendly advice as you venture out into the great outdoors!
Meal Prep: When you think of camping, do you go right to hot dogs and smores around a fire? That is all good and fun but planning your meals ahead of time makes eating easier and more enjoyable. Think about breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and other non-perishable foods that can stay dry in your backpack. Plan on cooking ahead of time and storing it in a freezer so all you have to do is heat it up or let it thaw out.
Stay Close: Your first trip doesn’t have to be a week long expedition across the country. Keep it close, simple, and easy as you learn more about camping. As you become more familiar with campsites, your RV, tent and nature in general, you can start to extend your stay or travel out a little further.
Know all about your Camping Gear: From your tent to your water filtration system, learn what you are going to be using. Take your tent out and make sure you can put it up. Go through your lights and head lamps and test out some of the newer gadgets you have recently bought. Bringing things with you that you don’t know how to use just takes up space and can make you very frustrated!
Drive Your RV: Have you learned the ins and outs of your RV? From backing up and parking, to the power awnings and kitchen appliances, learn how to use every aspect of your RV. Having the knowledge to use the RV in its full capacity will be a make or break for your camping trips!
Camping is one of the greatest hobbies we can have. It is essential that people find ways to unplug from the busy day to day life and just spend time together again. Camping is a way to experience nature and appreciate the outdoors in a way that maybe we haven’t in a while. It allows you to live independently and get away from all that screen time. We hope you enjoy this new interest in your life and that these tips will help you as a new camper!