How to Go Camping

The first time of everything sounds intimidating and scary, but you should not let fear hold you back from having fun.

This article will help you know how to go camping for the first time, what you need to do, and how to make sure your first time will not be your last time.

Here are eight tips on how to be a successful first-time camper

1. Get Familiar With Your Gear

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Choosing suitable gear is an important step to ensure a comfortable trip, but you need to make sure that you know how to use the gear before going on your trip.

On your first time, you do not need to go big. You should only buy the necessary gear you need — for example, a tent, a sleeping bag, lanterns, and a camping stove.

The tent you go for should be easy to set up. You do not want to spend the first hours of camping frustrated because you cannot set it up.

The tent should also be big enough so that you would be completely comfortable. Buy a tent with a size slightly bigger than what you think you need; that will make you have some extra space for comfort. 

You should try your sleeping bag at home to make sure that it is comfortable enough and to set its temperature. 

Want to spend your first time camping in the dark? Definitely not! 

So check your lantern while you are still safe at home to make sure you know how to make it work properly. 

Food can always cheer us up, no? Then make sure you know how to use the camping stove to make yourself a good meal. You do not want to be unable to enjoy camping because you are getting weaker by the day. You need your strength.

You may be thinking that all of the things I have just mentioned are very trivial and trying them at home is such a waste of time, but believe me, trying them at home will make your trip a 100 times safer, more enjoyable, and will definitely save your time.

2. Plan Your Meals

Decide What You Are Going to Eat 


Plan your camping meals ahead of time and make sure the meals are simple.  

How to do that? By knowing how many people will eat, how many meals you will need, and how much food you can bring with you. 

Afterward, you can hit the store and get the ingredients you need.

It is crucial to eat healthy food there; you cannot afford to get sick in the wild.

Also, cooking your meals at home, packing them with you, and just warming them up on your camping stove is an excellent idea.

3. Be Close To Home

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On your first time camping, it is smart to play it safe. 

The first time will be nothing but a test. You will be testing your ability to be a camper. Like all tests, you may succeed, but it is possible that you may fail. 

During the first time, a lot of things could go wrong. You may find out that the food you brought with you is not enough, the tent is about to rupture, your gear is not working properly, or you might get sick. 

Anyways, you have to be close to home to know deep down that anything that goes wrong on your first time is manageable. You need to know that everything is okay in order to be able to enjoy the adventure. And yes, it is still called an “adventure,” nonetheless.

4. Pay Attention to Weather Forecast

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As much as camping amidst storms or rain might sound adventurous, it is just not worth it.

Camping during a storm or rain is the worst way to spend your time. You will not like it when the wind makes the tent bend on top of you or when the rain keeps pouring on the tent. 

If the weather forecast predicts terrible weather, make yourself a favor, and postpone your trip. If you are already there, pack your things and head back home.

5. Clothing

To be a good camper, you have to be well-prepared.

It is always better to have many clothes (even if you think you will not use them) than not having enough. 

No one likes being in wet clothes for a long time, and there is no way to dry your clothes in the wild quickly. 

Always pack according to the weather forecast; if it says it will rain, bring a raincoat with you, for example.

It is almost cold during the night, so it will not harm you to bring a couple of sweaters to wear while you enjoy looking at the stars in the middle of the night.

6. Make A Checklist 

People forget, and that usually is okay, but for a camper, it is disastrous. 

You better make a checklist before you go camping. Pay your utmost attention to that list. You do not want to remember that you forgot to bring something with you after you reach the campsite.   

This list will be your camping best friend every time you go camping. 

You may memorize it by heart after going camping a few times. 

7. Arrive Early

It is always better to arrive at the campsite during daylight. It will not be comfortable to set up your tent in the dark. 

Arriving early will give you a chance to explore the site. It will not be a fun thing to discover that there is a pool or a romantic spot right before you leave, will it? 

It is also a proper camping etiquette. 

8. Follow Camping etiquette

Quiet Time

People usually go camping to enjoy some quality time. Since sound travels quickly in campsites, you need to make sure not to be a source of disturbance to your neighbors.

This does not mean that you cannot enjoy a late-night talk. You have to make sure you do not raise your voice. This will also help you with having a private conversation, so it is not bad, after all. 

Respect Other Campers’ Space

Respect each tent’s boundaries. Do not walk around through peoples’ camping space. 

Clean After You Eat

Leaving bits of food for cute animals to eat is such a huge mistake. This food might bring dangerous animals to the campsite. You might cause someone to get seriously injured or even die.

Do not be the reason why someone has a traumatic memory of their camping adventure.

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Final Thoughts 

To have a successful camping experience, you need to follow the above instructions very carefully. 

These instructions are all to ensure you have a perfect adventure, so you should never let all the planning hold you back from relaxing and having fun. 

That is the whole point of camping, right?

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