How To Go Camping For The First Time?

Do you love being outside, explore nature, and hike through the parks? Are you going camping for the first time this year? I remember how my first camping experience looked like and it wasn’t a stress-free adventure since I didn’t prepare for it enough. How do you plan your first time camping trip?

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When you need to escape to the woods for longer than just a walk in the park, that’s when camping comes in. It should be a fun, relaxing experience but sometimes planning where to go and what to bring gets overwhelming. Here’s a handy guide to help you get all the necessities for a safe and fun excursion.

How do you plan your first camping trip?

If you are excited to go first-time camping, it is crucial that you know some of the rules and essentials to have a pleasant and enjoyable outdoor time without injuries and unpleasant situations.

How do you pick a camping spot?

While it is true that you can stay in a multitude of locations, you might want to really evaluate your location as a brand-new camper. What are your requirements? Can you do without running water, a bathroom, and electricity for a few days?

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What is glamping?

Perhaps you are more of a glamper type? Glamping is luxurious camping where you stay in accommodations that are sometimes on par with your home. It is usually a lodge with all the necessities. Your camping location will depend on what you need to survive your expedition.

I suggest you look for a KOA or a campground in which you want to stay. Some of them have amenities like activities, hiking trails, and fishing ponds. Most of them have firepits, picnic benches, and trailers for you to stay in. If you really want the true outdoor experience, you can rent a site and pitch a tent there.

If you are more adventurous and love to camp in the wild then look for the spot that is open and free of branches, tree roots and other stuff that would make your outdoor sleeping difficult.

What to take on camping for the first time?

What to bring with you to have comfort? When I was camping for the first time I was lucky enough to have a trailer in which I stayed. For some, it doesn’t count to camp if you’re not in a tent, but there’s no reason to go wild camping until you are ready.

Bring a tent tarp

If you are bringing a tent, make sure you bring a tarp for the ground beneath the tent to block out any moisture of the ground. Know that the ground is hard and lumpy, so consider bringing an extra blanket or something besides your sleeping bag to lay on. With that in mind, here are the necessities for camping:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Extra blankets
  • Towels
  • Flashlights
  • LED Lantern
  • Extra Batteries
  • Chairs
  • Rope for clothesline
  • Insulation and other types of clothes
  • Shoes (hiking and water)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Zipper and garbage bags
  • Pots, pans, and utensils
  • Coffeemaker  
  • Personal medicine and hygiene products

Pros and cons of Camping Life

It might be that the trailer that you rent has sewer hookups. This means that you can use the bathroom and shower inside your trailer, lucky you. More likely, you need to walk down to the bathrooms. Throughout the park, there will be bathrooms that also have shower stalls installed.

Showering at a campsite tips

When taking a shower, the best pieces of advice I can give you are to watch for the water temperature and make sure that none of your clothes get wet. Close the curtain and turn on the water and let it run for a minute before getting in. Often its either bone-chilling cold or very hot for the first minute or two. Be sure to wear your water shoes.

What to do when camping?

After you settle in at your campsite, you will have lots of time to sit by the campfire and relax. This is the time to be friendly and meet your neighbors, sing campfire songs, go fishing, watch the animals, and go on a hike. Now is the time to read that book that you always meant to get to or work on one of the many camping crafts.

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Perfect place and time to stargaze

It’s also time to take deep breaths of the fresh, clean air and await nightfall so you can see more stars in the sky than you ever imagined there were. The sky is so big and dark near campgrounds it makes for the perfect place to stargaze.

Some of my favorite Extras

Ok, I have listed the necessities, but what about my favorite extra things to bring on a camping trip? I bring my camera to take photos of birds, dragonflies, and whatever else nature wants to show me. I also bring a pocket watercolor set and a spiral multimedia pad in case inspiration strikes.

Cards, paper and crossword puzzle book

What’s really good for you to bring is a deck of cards and a pad of paper and pen in case it rains, and you’re stuck inside. That way, you at least have games to keep you busy and pen and paper to keep score. I also bring a small crossword puzzle book, just in case the other options aren’t what I’m looking for at the time.

Now you are ready to go!

Are you inspired to take that trip outdoors yet? I’m already missing the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and wildlife. I gave you the basics on how to go camping for the first time and I am sure they will help you to get out there and experience nature like never before. Be sure to bring whatever you feel you need to be comfortable and make a note of what you don’t use, that way you can always trim your list for the next time.

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