Preparing for your first camping trip?
Once you’ve caught the bug, you’ll want to go camping time and time again. Unless, of course, your first camping trip is an absolute disaster. Avoid the perils and pitfalls with our top tips for first time campers.
Buy Camping Essentials
Your campsite is the base of operations, so you need to get it right.
If you dread going back to your tent, you’re unlikely to enjoy exploring the countryside and finding all those hidden beauty spots. Camping mats, sleeping bags and a gas stove to cook on are just some of the essentials you’ll need if you want to make your campsite a comfortable place to be.
It’s also worth taking a book and a board game to keep you entertained. Trust us, they’re a godsend if it rains and you’re stuck in your tent all day.
For a complete rundown, check out our blog on essential things you need for camping.
Choose Your Perfect Setting
One of the best ways to research campsites is to look on the internet and read reviews from other campers. The experience of other campers is a good indication of what you can expect.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, why not grab a map and go wild camping? Just remember to take a compass with you and clear up after yourself.
Practise Makes Perfect
It’s no fun struggling with your tent when it’s pouring with rain and the night is drawing in.
That’s why you should always camp in your garden before you go away. It’s the best way of learning how to pitch your tent and acclimatise to sleeping in it.
By the time you get to your campsite, you’ll be pitching like a pro.
Make A List
Remember, you can never be too prepared.
Making a list may sound boring, but it’s the best way to ensure you’ve packed all of your essentials. Jot down everything you need to take with you and tick it off as you pack it. Oh, and don’t forget the bin bags, baby wipes and first aid kit.
Organisation Is Key
Divide your items into sections, such as food, cooking equipment, clothing and toiletries. Put them into different bags or storage boxes and give them labels to remind you what they are.
It may sound obsessive, but you’ll be thanking us when you you’re looking for a spare toilet roll at two in the morning.
Find The Ideal Pitch
There’s no need to rush when you get to your campsite. Take your time to find the perfect spot as you’re going to be living there for the next few days. Make sure it’s flat with no rocks or rubbish that could damage your tent.
You should also avoid pitching too close to a stream or river. We found out the hard way that they’re a hotbed of mozzies and midges.
We hope you enjoyed our post, are you looking for more information? Then why not read our blog on common camping mistakes to void.
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