First Time Campers Guide
Camping is a fantastic activity, and it is natural many people get excited about the prospect of setting off on a great adventure. However, if this is your first-time camping, it is likely you are going to feel nervous or apprehensive. Our first-time campers guide is here to help you plan your trip and remember, even the most experienced campers had their first time, so you have to start somewhere!
You need to research camping
Some people love researching activities and hobbies, other people hate it. That’s okay, regardless of what you feel. However, even if you dislike looking at campsites and tents and planning your trip, it is best to do so.
You can rely on people like us to help you, and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction, but ultimately, you need to check some things for yourself.
Ask yourself questions like:
How many people are going on the camping trip?
What sort of camping trip do I want to enjoy?
What is my budget for the trip?
How far or how long as I willing to travel for the trip?
Do I need to be close to certain facilities or amenities?
Once you have answered these questions, you have parameters in place for your trip, and it becomes easier to select what sort of camping trip appeals to you.
Test your equipment before you set off
If you live in a flat with no garden space, it is harder to test your tent and camping equipment than if you lived in a house with a garden, but every camper needs to test their equipment before you set off.
If you head off and find your tenant is faulty or digital equipment is broken, your trip could be ruined from the start.
Also, by testing your equipment before you leave, you familiarise yourself with how to set up your equipment. This will save you time, but it will also help you feel more confident about the process. If one thing holding you back from a camping trip is other people laughing at your inexperience, you can remove that scenario by improving your skills before you leave.
Pack in a sensible manner
You might be keen to cram as much into your car or bag as you can, but try to add an element of logic to your approach. Whatever items you need first when you arrive at the campsite should be packed last, as these will be the first things you remove from the car.
If there are items that are less important, and you can get to them in your own good time, pack them first and you can retrieve them when necessary, later.