Camping For Beginners – The Complete Checklist

Camping is a fun recreational activity that allows you to enjoy the outdoors, usually amidst all that Mother Nature has to offer. People go camping in a forest, national park, in the woods, near a river or lake, and can stay there for one or more nights. There are private campgrounds as well that are privately owned by people who encourage campers to come and enjoy the nature with them. Camping trips can be fun when organized properly.

There are many questions that you might want to ask as a new camper. Following is a list of common questions that every beginner for camping will ask. I’ll recommend not to take up camping, until you get all your questions answered and understand the requirements what all is expected.

Where Do I Camp?

There are two types of campgrounds, public and private. Public campgrounds offer a variety of places to choose from like national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management Areas, and State parks. Each one of these, in turn, have many campsites to choose from. All of them, more or less, offer the same amenities like restrooms, hot water for showers, and shopping areas; which are very helpful for beginners. You can get a list of the different campgrounds online and it is always better to book a place for camp beforehand. It is not very costly to camp at such sites. They may charge anywhere between $10 to $25 dollars per night. Private campsites may or may not offer the amenities and they can also charge more. In addition, they may allow only a certain number of camper’s on their grounds.

Another alternative is to pitch a tent and camp on a hillside or in the wilderness. However, you should take care to find out if it is allowed in your selected area. In such a case, remember that there are no amenities like a laundry, toilets, or a camp store nearby. You will need to carry all of the basic necessities with you when you go camping. If your family is not comfortable being outside in a tent, you can always rent or buy a camping trailer and a nice time camping in the wild.

What Camping Equipment Do I Carry?

The answer to this question will depend on where you camp. If you camp in wilderness, you will need to carry a tent, a cooler for your camping food and drinks, sleeping bags and pads, cooking supplies like charcoal and spatula, kettle, cups, plates, spoons and a pot or two. You can buy all the camping gear in sports store or at Walmart. Don’t buy expensive equipment as you are not yet experienced in taking care of them.

If you camp at public campgrounds, there is a good chance that you will get a grill or a barbecue and all the cooking ingredients from the camp store. Aside from that, you will have to carry the other necessities like clothes, tents, sleeping bags, from home with you.

What Clothes Do I Carry While Camping?

Make sure that you wear full sleeves while camping. It is important to carry some sweaters with you so that you are protected in case it becomes cold at night in the woods. It is better to take some extra change of clothes with you. Rain gear is also important, so be sure to bring a poncho and an umbrella. You will also want to have plenty of extra socks; in case the ones you are wearing get wet.

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