Now I know what you’re telling yourself…I would really like to camp, it looks interesting but I don’t have any idea how to camp, what to bring or what to expect. There are a few things you really have to decide before you can determine what you need to do to prepare for your camping trip. Answering the following fundamental questions will guide you to finding your own footing. Trevornick
What kind of camping have you decided to do? Did you want to RV camp? Camper/Trailer camp? Tent camp? Backpack/Hike camp? Canoe/kayak camp?
Deciding the sort of camping you want to do will aid you in what type of equipment and experience is needed. By way of instance, you would require a vastly different type of equipment such as RV camping versus hiking camping.
RV Camping (or recreational vehicle camping) is like living at home since you bring a furnished vehicle that you essentially live in along with you. You can produce your RV equally as comfy as you like. Everything that you need from home can most likely be brought with you in your RV. All you must think about are exactly what foods and personal items you would like to market it with. This sort of camping is generally for the men and women who do not like to”rough it” but also might love to be social since many occasions RV are parked rather near each other or at similar segments. Though there are some normal maintenance items with RVs, you essentially park them and live in them.
Camper or Trailer camping is merely a step more rugged compared to RV camping. Many occasions campers or trailers do not have showers or bathrooms, unlike most RVs. Depending on the camper or trailer, a fridge may not be included . Generally, camper or trailer camping is more for individuals who do not like to sleep on the ground or worry about severe weather but nevertheless want to escape there.
Tent camping is generally more for people who’d like to”rough it” Tent camping takes you to think about all of your basic needs ahead of time (meals, hygiene, bathroom requirements, shelter, seeing at night, warmth). There are in fact varying degrees of tent camping as well. Some individuals like to make a tent and also store for all of their needs while others like to camp in more remote areas away from individuals. Packing for a tent camping trip may be time consuming since you have to think of everything you might need.
Backpacking or Hiking camping is a bit more for the experienced campers. Think about it. . .everything you believe that you are going to need you’ve got to be able to strap to your back and take it for quite a distance. You’ve got to be able to pack well and pack light!
Canoe/kayak camping is much like hiking biking about packaging but you have to bring a different component. You have to be sure everything is watertight. Canoe/kayak camping could be for the more seasoned camper and naturally, for men and women who know how to canoe and/or kayak.
Recommendations for camping scenarios:
RV Camping – Shop around and do research before you decide in an RV for purchase. Speak to people who already own them and inquire exactly what they like and do not like about their particular version. Proceed to RV dealerships and walk through a lot of those. Maybe, go so far as renting an RV on a small trip to see exactly what you do or do not like about RV camping.
Camper/Trailer Camping – Since there might be no comforts like a refrigerator, more setup and forethought is necessary. You probably will have to buy a cooler or two to keep your food and drinks chilled. Additionally, you may have to think about generators if you want to run electrical items. Though you might have beds at the camper you may have to put bedding .
Tent Camping – Think about the sort of tent camping you’d love to do. Does my tent have to be lightweight? Waterproof? Wind hardy? What size tent do I need (family size or just for me)? What terrain would I be camping on? A fantastic camping tent may make all the difference on your trip.
Backpacking/Hiking Camping – Search for lightweight supplies, as you have to carry all of them. Equipment research into lighter weight rocky hiking backpacks is a fantastic idea. Always check ahead of time if the area you wish to hike and camp allows people to achieve that. Assess your weather! You have to know what equipment to pack for the weather. It is also recommended that you camp with a buddy. If something should happen, there needs to be somebody who will go get help.
Canoe/kayak Camping – It might be a good idea to take some canoe or kayak courses (and swimming courses ) before trying a camping trip this manner. Maybe you may want to rent a canoe or kayak to make sure you like the activity before diving .
Where have you decided to go camping? Are you really going to be camping at the Desert? Beach? Forest/woods?
This is a really important question to answer so as to figure out your main needs. You’d prepare very differently for desert camping than you would for camping in the woods.
In Desert camping temperatures may have extreme ranges from the heat of the day to the cold of the night. The biggest threats (most of the year) in the desert are the sun and dehydration. It is very important to protect yourself with sunscreen and drink lots of water. Due to the dry atmosphere you are not aware of how much you’re perspiring since it disappears so quickly off your skin.
Beach camping is very fine but you need to prepare for it. Because of the nature of sand it is tough to weigh down things with normal tent stakes. You will find tent stakes that are much longer with this specific function. Additionally you must be prepared for the risk that sand might get into everything. Depending on how deep in the sand you’d like to go you should think about the vehicle you’re using to get there. Again, with the disposition of sand it may be tricky to dig back out. You may want to bring a shovel or random slice of wood.
Forest/woods are often great for shield from rainstorms and sunlight. They are also great for hammocks but you have to be aware of biting insects and particular plants that are itchy. Bug spray could be a massive recommendation for camping in the woods. When or what period of the year are you really going camping?
Figuring out which sort of weather you are going to have to handle while camping is key. Personally, I think this is the most important information necessary to plan a proper camping trip. Obviously if you’ve got an RV, this information probably doesn’t help you since you are not exposed to the elements.
Colder weather camping obviously requires warmer clothes but you may want to take into account a warmer camping sleeping bag regardless of what method of shelter you’re using.
Wetter weather camping means your terrain may be more difficult to deal with. If you’re tent camping, then it would be recommended to lay a tarp under your tent, then start looking for marginally higher ground to pitch your tent and always use your rain flys.
In hotter weather always be sure that you keep yourself hydrated. Should you bring your own water on you, bring a lot. If you’re hiking camping, then you may want to consider a water treatment or even a camping water filter.
Congratulations on taking your first step toward camping by answering these preliminary questions. You’re now on your way to planning for a camping trip tailored more to your specific needs and desires.
Below is a listing of general items to take camping. Please take from it what works best for you and your situation. Note: Personal items should be included at your own discretion.
Matters to consider camping:
FIRST AID/SURVIVAL KIT
Silk balls or cotton swabs
Moleskin (for sore feet)
Clean old towel or a part of mattress sheet folded up
Steristrips (to maintain cuts together)
Motion sickness Medication
Glucose packs (for diabetics)
Waterproof matches & container
Sleeping bag (sleeping pad for under or air mattress)
Flash lighting (& great Added batteries)
Camping lanterns (with fuel or great Added batteries)
Cooler (& Pot )
Water (or water filter or water purification tablets)
Clothing (weather appropriate)
Great walking shoes
Firewood (bring or buy at campsite)
Backpack (and/or day package )
Games (cards, frisbee, small portable games)
Camera (& Superior batteries)
S’mores fixings (big marshmallows, graham crackers & Hershey’s® chocolate)
Obviously food (canned & packaged do nicely )
Stove (& fuel or charcoal) or a grill or dutch oven
Pot & pan (and cooking utensils should planning to cook)
Cups & plates & eating utensils
Re-sealable plastic bags
Note: If you can find bear boxes where you camp….use them!
Wine bottle opener
Soap (dish soap & bar soap)
Rope or cable (12′ to 24′)
MREs (military term for”meals ready to eat”)
Suturing kit (for extreme cases)
Fish kit (& 15′ of 10 lbs. Lineup & sinkers & 35mm film container & bass hooks)
Water filter or water purification pills
Lifejackets (camping near water)
Baking soda (such as toothpaste, insect bites, antacid, odors, etc.. )