If you’re planning your first camping trip, use these camping tips for newbies as your starting point.
In recent times, the increase in lifestyle reality TV shows that telecast the great outdoors has seen a massive rise in popularity and interest in camping. This is also a result of incredibly colorful photography and HD video that you can see on cable TV such as National Geographic and Discovery channels.
The crystal sharp and almost real life insight you get of the wilderness and all its wonder has many people inspired and flocking to the local camping stores before each summer break begins.
For many, summer vacations has never been more exciting time as families head off for a real adventure in fresh crisp air away from the troubles of the 'big smoke' and the grind of the daily 'rat race' most people have to endure.
Below are 5 tips for those new to camping or looking to go out for their first trip.
A successful camping trip into the wilderness is largely determined by how you've planned and researched in advance. Even though the great outdoors looks easy, exciting and fun from the TV view point at home, in reality you still need to prepare so that you don't get into danger and keep yourself and your family's first camping adventure a pleasant and memorable one rather than something you will regret.
Obvious things like what to gear to bring will determine the success of your trip. Of course no plan is perfect (and if you happen to be a camping newbie it probably won't be) however if you actually have some type of plan then this is better none.
The key areas you should cover in your plan are:
Destination, this seems obvious to most but you'd be surprised how many people just drive up to where they are going without doing any research or planning for the area of camping. For instance, how long it takes to get there, so you have enough time to set up your tents or camper before it gets too dark.
How much food and water will you need? Find out about the local weather in the area during that time of the year (who wants to go camping to an area where it's raining 90% of the time?) and making sure you have the right amount clothing for the area.
Finally, to ensure your planning for the next camping trip is complete you need to create a checklist of all the things you need to take and check them off before you put the key in the car to drive off to your next great outdoor adventure.
So for example, if your are planning on a tent camping trip, you need to choose a quality tent.
You don't have to break your bank on this but go for quality to ensure you are not buying something too cheap that is going to fall down in a puff of wind.
This includes making sure its big enough to live in if you have unexpected days of rain.
This could save you a ruined camping trip by checking to see if your tent actually is not broken or faulty and gives you peace of mind that your gear actually works.
Learning how to assemble things in the comfort of your own home ensures you have less stress trying figure things out in the wilderness if it happens to be dark, windy or wet, too.
If you have decided for just the basics on your camping trip (which means no electrical power) then you still to need to ensure you have cold storage for your food.
You'll find that the majority of good camping sites/parks will provide a re-freeze service so that you can take your ice blocks that have defrosted and exchange them for frozen one (check to ensure they do as part of your planning and research).
You can also even put your ice blocks in the park's freezers and just recollect them after they have frozen. It's always a good idea to take a few extra packs so that you always will have some left over to swap.
Allow roughly 6 to 8 hours for freezing your blocks. This can be sometimes take longer in the cases of busy parks with people opening and closing the freezer to swap over their defrosted blocks.
Being new to camping, it's going to be inevitable that you will find yourself missing something, in trouble or just not knowing the correct way doing things out on the camping site. In this case you don't have to worry too much about approaching others for help or advice.
The camping sites are friendly places to go and have a great culture. You don't have to worry about being shy - just reach out and ask somebody. You find that most of them have been in the same situation when starting out.
As a bonus you'll end up with new camping friends!
Of course if you are still really stuck with something then seek out the park rangers or reception staff at the park office who are typically more than happy to assist with all your queries.
And if you have little ones, Family Travel Made Easy has great tips for camping with kids.
So there you have it, the above 5 camping tips for newbies should get you up and running on your first camping trip.
We are certain these camping tips for newbies will ensure your first camping experience will run as smoothly as possible and allow you to start many years of outdoor adventure holidays with your family and friends.