Want to go camping but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry because this beginner’s guide to camping is going to give you all the information you need. From planning to execution, we will cover everything.

There are three stages: planning, preparing, and executing. The first involves choosing a destination, scheduling the ideal time to go, and working out the finances. Once you’ve laid the groundwork, you move onto the next stage: buying the perfect tent, choosing gear, packing food, etc. Last comes the execution. This includes wild camping tips, tricks, how to light a fire, dealing with mosquitos, and general safety tips.

Let’s break down each aspect of this.

Stage 1: Planning

Destination

There are hundreds of thousands of campsites globally, and you have to pick just one. It may sound like an impossible decision, but you can eliminate most of them by using the following one simple metric: how far do you want to travel?

A Guide To Camping For Beginners

Once you make that decision, plug in the name of the areas you want to go to and ‘campsites’ in Google, and you’ll get a list. Google Maps is an excellent resource to take advantage of.

Then figure out what kind of camping experience you are looking for. You can pick anything from a site on the coast to one in the woodland. Alternatively, make your decision based on how much luxury you want. For instance, there are sites with whimsical treehouses and bell tents; however, you can also find some with just the basic necessities.

Duration

This entirely depends on what you want. If this is your first time camping, shorter is better. Try going away for the weekend. In the instance that you find it fun, you can always go back another time.

When to go

Choose a time that allows you to focus on the trip completely. You don’t want to be on a secluded campsite and constantly worry about finding a spot with a good connection. It won’t be fun for you or the people with you.

Furthermore, also take into account factors that you don’t have a lot of control over. For instance, take a look at the weather/climate of whatever area you want to visit. Avoid places with extreme conditions because even though it can be fun, these places aren’t for camping for beginners.

Certain time periods have more mosquitoes and insects than others. There are also specific breeding months for animals like bears and deer. Are you a nature enthusiast? Plan your trip in a way that coincides with these occasions. Alternatively, if you’d rather avoid them, schedule around these periods.

Financing

Depending on whether you’re glamping (glamorous camping), going to an average campsite, or looking for a wild camping experience, your budget will vary significantly. Glamping costs the most. The average campsite in the UK comes around 10 to 20 pounds per night. The wild is completely free!

Stage 2: Preparing

Choosing a tent

The type of tent you should purchase depends on what kind of camping trip you’re going on. For camping for dummies, the best advice is to look at what the tent looks like before you buy it. Large outdoor retail stores put up their products on display.

Since you’re new to camping, you shouldn’t risk going off the packages and retailer’s description.

Also, remember that the metric for judging what a ‘good tent’ looks like changes from person to person. Solo hikers care mostly about the pack-down size and weight of their product. On the other hand, someone going on a two-week family trip will look into roominess.

Packing the right tools

You need a lot more than just a tent to go camping. The full camping set up also includes a sleeping bag, water storage, a pillow, clothes, something to keep the clothes dry, cooking gear, medical gear, lighting, etc.

Packing the right tools

Make a list of all the items you use in your house on a daily basis and find alternatives that you can take with you. There is a catch, though. You can only take the things you can carry. For instance, while you’d love to have a comfortable bed to rest on, that isn’t possible. You have to get an inflatable mattress.

Expert campers will always find a way to take multi-purpose equipment. For instance, if you fill your pillow with clothes instead of fluff, you’ll save on space.

Food

Will you take all the food with you on day 0, or will you restock during the trip? Do you want to try fishing and sustain yourself for the weekend?

Whatever you decide is okay. Just make sure you have enough food to keep you going throughout the trip. Running out at any point will ruin the experience. However, don’t take too much and cut down on storage space for other essentials.

Stage 3: Executing

Lighting a fire

Lighting a campfire and roasting marshmallows is an attractive idea; however, you need to be extremely careful. Always keep the fire small and raise boundaries around it. Also, you should never leave it lit if you’re leaving. Extinguish it.

Lighting a fire

If there are any embers or overhanging foliage, you can unknowingly start a wildfire. And nobody wants that.

Campsite safety

There are several safety tips you should keep in mind, but we’re only going to talk about the most important three for now.

Have a first aid kit with you, and at least one person in your group should know how to use it. Taking a short course on basic medical procedures is advised.

If this is your first time camping, go with someone experienced. They’ll help you get settled in and offer helpful tips.

Tell someone where you’re going before you leave. And beyond the basic communication gear, have a backup. Check in regularly and give them updates. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

And that’s all we have for this beginner’s guide to camping. If you can integrate each of these three stages into your trip, you’re bound to have a great time.

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