1. Select a campsite
Choose a place that is safe and known for camping out. Stay within your surroundings, make sure to not get lost, which is easy to do in the woods. Park your vehicle close by your tenting area and keep a record of how to exit in an emergency.
Your shelter is your first priority when going camping. It would be great to go anywhere and lay out on the ground without shelter, excluding your pillow and blanket; But realistically, that would not be comfortable or fit to do daily. If the bugs don’t attack you, your body will be sore and you will regret doing that.
Get a nice tent for comfort and bring your favorite pillow and sheets. Many people bring an infatable air bed for camping. Ensuring that your shelter delivers a comfortable experience requires more than a tent. If you prefer to just use a sleeping bag, that’s great to, to each it’s on.
Do a quick campground audit at the end of each trip to make notes about the campsite you used, list the ones that might be better for next trip, and document the campsites to avoid. This is especially useful for campgrounds that you plan to revisit later in the season.
An old area rug is a great way to add a bit of comfort to your tent. It helps to manage dirt and feels great on the feet at bedtime.
Rope lights are a great way to add light. Simply wrap them through the pole structure on the outside of the tent.
Make sure you bring lighting like lamps, flashlight, lanterns, led lights, solar or candles. With candles, if it’s too windy that wouldn’t work so good. You can buy lamps/lanterns that run off of batteries, gas, solar, there are many to choose from.
Bring your sleeping gear, clothes, blankets, sheets, pillows, etc. Bring anything you need when you sleep. Remember you’re not at home but if you need a book to read to put you to sleep, like at home, bring it.
Your toiletries are a must. You still have to brush your teeth, so don’t forget to bring your toothpaste, toothbrush and towel to wash your face. Bring bottles of water also because water is always needed. Soap and toilet tissue are also essential to bring.
Bring an emergency kit. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in case of an emergency. bandages, gauze pads, antibiotic ointment, alcohol, peroxide, antacids tablets, latex or vinyl gloves, aspirin, tylenol and any medicines you are prescribed to take.
Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
4. Bring logs for fire
Use 10-14 logs to provide enough wood for cooking dinner in cast iron and fueling a comfortable fire until midnight. Lighter, dry wood will burn faster than hardwoods so take that into account. Also bring a good wood poker to adjust the fire and matches. Take enough extra wood for any unplanned emergencies.
Start your fire on one side of the firepit and add wood on the open side. This will gradually move the fire from one side of the firepit to the other revealing a perfect bed of coals to cook on.
Make sure to bring your food, water, and coolers because you have to eat. Keep it cold with block ice. Block ice melts much slower than cubes. For weekend camping trips, load your cooler with one block of ice, your food and drinks, and fill the remaining space with cube ice. Make sure you have enough for the amount of time you plan on camping. If you run out of food, water or wood, that would end you trip quickly.
Make clean up easy. Use one storage bin for washables – the utensils, plates and cups that need to be washed. Or bring plastic utensils that will be easily discarded in trash. Most campgrounds have dumpsters onsite and all of your garbage can be discarded when you check out at the end of the trip.
Make sure you have good storage. Use storage containers that hold all of your camping gear. Putting specific pieces of gear in the same container each time makes it easy to break down camp and even easier to find what you need while you are there. Label the containers or use various colors to differentiate them.
Gallon jugs. It’s simple and easy for campers that grab water on the way out.
2 gallon container with spout will make it easy to re-fill your water bottles. You will need water for drinking, cleaning, brushing your teeth, washing your face, and any other thing that has to do with cleaning. Water is very essential.
6. Foods you can bring
Rolo Marshmallows, Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Foil Packs, Eclairs, granola bars snacks, Tacos, Nachos, potatoe chips, Eggs, baking potatoes, breakfast burritos, candy bars like snickers or your favorites, apples, oranges, grapes, peaches or any kind of fruit.
7. Bug spray
Lets face it, you’re outside and the bugs will attack. Bring bug spray to put on that contains deet, like Off. Currently deet is registered as a personal insect repellent for direct application to the skin. Also bring insect spray to spray directly on the bugs like Raid, because their could be a giant ant lurking it’s way to your feet.
8. Plan ahead
Get your process together on what you may need. Write everything down and make sure to go out and buy what you may be lacking of. A last minute hurry to pack and head out the door may ruin your trip because if you forget an important essential, you will have to head to a store or back home. Be prepared. Make a list if you have to. Make your camping trip the best trip ever!