Seasoned novices and beginners alike all over the world every weekend enjoy the simplicity of camping.
The idea of camping to some of you conjures up images that may make you cringe, especially those of you who have never camped as a child or have heard horror stories from friends and relatives, and have unfairly decided never to give it a fair go.
How much effort you put into adequately planning your camping trip will determine how successful (and enjoyable) your trip will be. Though some of these tasks may seem tedious and tiresome, the more often you put these tasks into practice the more fun you will have doing them.
Here are 30 Things You Must Know Before You Go On Your First Camping Trip:
1. Gather all your camping equipment in a corner of a room and keep adding to it as you think of it.
2. Use basket shelves in your car for easy storage.
3. Store your clothes in sports bags.
4. Make sure all heavy items are secure and are packed at the bottom of your car boot with lighter items on top.
5. Take one prepared meal in a freezer meal that can be easily reheated on arrival at your destination.
6. Make sure you have everything you need for a drink stop like tea bags, instant coffee, sugar, condensed milk, cordial, powder, biscuits, a two litre bottle of water, matches, kettle, wet wipes and tea cloth
7. If you are going away for a short trip prepare your hot dishes so that you have more time to relax at your camp site and enjoy yourself.
8. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables at every chance.
9. List everything you will eat on the number of days you are away.
10. Keep extras always on hand which includes flowers for cakes and breads, noodles, rice, beans and lentils.
11. Remember long life milk (two to three cartons of long life milk per day should be sufficient for a family of two children and two adults as a guide).
12. Try camping in your backyard to see how you feel about your tent and sleeping bags etc.
13. Your first camping gear does not have to be expensive. It is more important that it is durable and keeps you protected from all weather conditions. Bring a piece of ground cloth with you, a piece of plastic that goes under your tent. Tuck the edges neatly underneath the tent. The first thing you must consider when choosing the tent is the size ie the number of people your tent is going to house.
14. Take cutlery with you that is old and definitely won’t be missed if it doesn’t come home with you.
15. Keep cutlery separate from crockery by placing them in plastic containers with lids or in a tea towel in a plastic bag.
16. Here is a list of items of cutlery and crockery that may be useful for your next camping trip. A fork, knife, teaspoon and dessert spoon should be enough for each person. 17. Have a serrated edge knife that can also be used as a bread knife.
18. Vegetable peeler and knife.
19. Metal egg lifter.
20. A large aluminium coffee pot, the larger the better.
21. Barbeque tongs.
22. Egg rings.
23. A small meat mallet.
24. A sharp knife and sharpener.
25. Can opener.
26. Large serving spoon and wooden spoon.
27. Make sure you have an enamel cup, bowl and plate for every person.
28. Use an enamel plate next to the fire to warm food.
29. Use an enamel plate as a base for food in your camp oven.
30. Bring paper plates in case you are in an area where water is scarce, and be sure to take your rubbish with you.
What to Consider When Choosing a Campsite
Are you interested in going on a camping adventure? If you are, have you already decide where you would like to go camping? If you have yet to choose a campground park to camp at, you may want to think about doing so soon. In the summer months, camping is a popular activity; therefore, you will want to make sure that you are able to get a camping reservation at the campground park of your choice.
Another one of the many reasons why you may want to think about making your camping reservations in advance is because many campground parks allow their guests to handpick which camping spots they want. Of course, not all campground parks allow you to do this, but you will find that a large number of them do. In terms of getting a good camping spot or a campsite, you will find that the earlier you make your reservations, the more campsites you have to choose from.
Speaking of choosing a camping spot, which is also commonly referred to as a campsite, you may be wondering what you should look for in one. In all honesty, the “perfect,” campsite is likely to vary from person to person. It actually depends on your wants and needs, as well as the wants and needs of those in your camping group. Although there may be some variations of what you are looking for, you may want to take some of the factors mentioned below into consideration, when choosing the perfect campsite.
One of the first things that you will want to do is review who you are going camping with. If you are going camping with children, namely small children, you may want to think about making sure that your camping site is a good distance away from any bodies of water or any dangerous hiking trails. You will also find that many campground parks have onsite playgrounds and such. If you are camping with children, it may be a good idea to try and get a camping spot that is located near a playground or other locations that are designed for children.
In addition to the safety of those that you will be camping with, preferences are also something that should be taken into consideration, when choosing a camping spot or a campsite. If you are a water lover and would regularly like to spend your time boating, fishing or swimming, you may want to think about getting a camping spot that is close to the water. On the other hand, if you would prefer to spend your time hiking, you may want to try and get a camping spot that is located near the campground’s hiking trail, and so forth.
Size is also another factor that you may want to take into consideration, when choosing a campsite. When reviewing campgrounds, you will find that different campground parks have different sizes campsites. Often times, the larger campsites are designed for those with multiple tents or with motor homes. Before agreeing to rent a particular camping site, you will want to make sure that the site in question is large enough for all of your camping group members. This is important as not having enough space could put a damper on your next camping adventure.
The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many factors that you may want to take into consideration, when choosing a camping spot for your next camping adventure. As a reminder, not all campground parks allow you to choose your owing camping sites, but a large number of them do.
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