Now I know what you are telling yourself…I’d really like to camp, it seems interesting but I don’t have any idea how to camp, what to bring or what to expect. There are a couple things that you really have to decide before you can determine what you need to do to prepare for your camping trip. Assessing the following fundamental questions will guide you to finding your own footing. Trevornick Which kind of camping have you ever decided to do? Did you wish to RV camp? Camper/Trailer camp? Tent camp? Backpack/Hike camp? Canoe/kayak camp?
Deciding the type of camping that you want to do will help you in what sort of equipment and experience is needed. For instance, you would need a vastly different sort of gear for RV camping versus hiking camping.
RV Camping (or recreational vehicle camping) is most like living at home since you bring a furnished vehicle that you essentially reside in with you. You can make your RV just as comfy as you enjoy. Everything that you need from house can most likely be brought with you in your RV. All you must think about are what foods and personal items you’d like to market it with. This type of camping is generally for the people who do not like to”rough it” but also may like to be social since many occasions RV are parked fairly close each other or at similar segments. Even though there are a few normal maintenance items with RVs, you essentially park them and reside in them.
Camper or Trailer camping is merely a step more rugged than RV camping. Many occasions campers or trailers do not have showers or bathrooms, unlike most RVs. Based on the trailer or camper, a refrigerator may not be included . Normally, trailer or camper camping is much more for people who do not like to sleep on the ground or fret about severe weather but still wish to escape there.
Tent camping is generally more for people who would like to”rough it” Tent camping requires you to consider all your basic needs ahead of time (meals, hygiene, restroom needs, shelter, seeing at night, heat ). There are in fact varying degrees of tent camping as well. Some people prefer to make a tent and store for all their requirements while others prefer to camp in more distant areas away from people. Packing for a tent camping trip may be time consuming since you have to consider everything you may need.
Backpacking or Hiking camping is a bit more for the expert campers. Consider it. . .everything you believe that you will need you have to be able to strap to your back and take it for a significant distance. You’ve got to have the ability to pack well and pack light!
Canoe/kayak camping is similar to hiking biking about packaging but you have to add another component. You have to be sure that everything is watertight. Canoe/kayak camping could be for the more experienced camper and naturally, for people who know how to canoe and/or kayak.
Recommendations for camping scenarios:
RV Camping – Shop around and do research before you decide in an RV for purchase. Speak to people who own them and inquire what they like and do not enjoy about their specific version. Proceed to RV dealerships and walk through a lot of them. Maybe, go as far as renting an RV on a small trip to see what you do or do not enjoy about RV camping.
Camper/Trailer Camping – Because there may be no comforts such as a refrigerator, more setup and forethought is necessary. You most likely will have to buy a cooler or two to keep your food and beverages chilled. Also, you may have to consider generators if you want to conduct electrical items. Even though you may have beds at the camper you may have to put bedding in.
Tent Camping – Think about the type of tent camping you’d like to do. Does my tent have to be lightweight? Waterproof? Wind hardy? What size tent do I need (family size or just for me personally )? What terrain will I be camping on? A good camping tent may make all the difference on your trip.
Backpacking/Hiking Camping – Look for lightweight materials, as you have to carry them all. Equipment research into lighter weight sturdy hiking backpacks is a good idea. Always check ahead of time if the place you would like to hike and camp allows people to achieve that. Check your weather! You have to know what gear to package for the weather. It’s also recommended that you camp with a buddy. If something should occur, there needs to be somebody who will go get assist.
Canoe/kayak Camping – It may be advisable to take some canoe or kayak courses (and swimming lessons) before attempting a camping trip this way. Perhaps you may want to rent a canoe or kayak to make sure you enjoy the action before diving in. Where have you decided to go camping? Are you going to be camping at the Desert? Beach? Forest/woods?
This is a very important question to answer so as to figure out your main needs. You’d prepare very differently for desert camping than you would for camping in the forest.
In Desert camping temperatures may have extreme ranges from the warmth of the day to the cold of night. The largest threats (most of the year) from the desert will be the drought and sun. It’s essential to protect yourself with sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Due to the dry air you are not aware of how much you are perspiring since it evaporates so fast off skin.
Beach camping is very nice but you need to prepare for it. Because of the character of sand it is difficult to weigh things down with regular tent stakes. There are tent stakes that are much longer with this specific purpose. You also must be ready for the possibility that sand might get in to everything. Based on how deep in the sand you want to go you should consider the vehicle you are using to get there. Again, with the disposition of sand it may be tricky to dig back out. You may want to bring a shovel or arbitrary slice of wood.
Forest/woods are often great for shield from rainstorms and sunlight. They’re also great for toddlers but you have to take note of biting insects and particular itchy plants. Bug spray could be a huge recommendation for camping in the forests.
When or what time of the year are you going camping?
Figuring out what type of weather you will have to handle while camping is key. As for me, I believe this is the most essential information necessary to plan a suitable camping trip. Of course when you have an RV, this information probably doesn’t help you since you are not exposed to the elements.
Colder weather conservation clearly requires warmer clothing but you may want to take into account a warmer camping sleeping bag whatever way of refuge you are using.
Wetter weather camping means that your terrain may be more difficult to take care of. If you are tent camping, then it would be advisable to put a tarp under your tent, look for marginally higher ground to pitch your tent and constantly use your rain flys.
In warmer weather constantly be sure to keep yourself hydrated. If you bring your water on you, bring lots. If you are hiking camping, then you may want to think about a water therapy or a camping water filter.
Congratulations on taking your first step toward camping by answering these preliminary questions. You’re currently on your way to going to get a camping trip tailored more to your specific requirements and desires.
Below is a listing of general items to take camping. Please take from it what works best for you and your situation. Notice: Personal items must be included at your own discretion.
Matters to consider camping:
FIRST AID/SURVIVAL KIT
Snake bite kit
Cotton balls or cotton swabs
Moleskin (for sore toes )
Individually wrapped gauze pads
Clean old towel or part of bed sheet folded up
Steristrips (to hold cuts collectively )
Motion sickness Medication
Glucose packs (for diabetics)
Waterproof matches & container
Sleeping bag (sleeping mat for below or air mattress)
Flash lights (& good extra batteries)
Camping lanterns (with gasoline or good extra batteries)
Disposable butane lighter
Cooler (& ice)
Water (or water filter or water purification pills )
Good walking shoes
Canteen (or hydration pack)
Firewood (bring or buy at campsite)
Backpack (and/or day pack)
Games (cards, frisbee, small portable games)
Camera (& good batteries)
S’mores fixings (big marshmallows, graham crackers & Hershey’s® chocolate)
Clearly food (canned & packaged do nicely )
Stove (& fuel or charcoal) or a grill or dutch oven
Pot & pan (and cooking utensils if planning to cook)
Cups & plates & eating utensils
Notice: If you can find bear boxes where you camp….use them!
THINGS OFTEN FORGOTTEN
Soap (dish soap & bar soap)
Rope or cord (12′ to 24′)
MREs (military word for”meals ready to eat”)
Suturing kit (for extreme cases)
Fish kit (& 15′ of 10 lbs. Line & sinkers & 35mm film container & fish hooks)
Water filter or water purification pills
Lifejackets (camping near water)
Baking soda (for toothpaste, insect bites, antacid, scents, etc.)