If you have never been camping, there are a few tips to keep in mind that will help to ensure your experience is one that is satisfying and educational. Before you set out on your first camping experience, keep the following in mind so you can avoid beginner’s mistakes.
- Make sure you camp as close to home as possible, especially for your first time. Although it is certainly exciting heading out far from home, beginner campers should refrain from such a big undertaking. Many people have found their first night of camping is their last. Camping close to home will allow you to get home quickly if camping is just not for you.
- If you are new to camping, you may want to rent most of your equipment until you are sure camping is right for you. Camping equipment can sometimes be expensive and it would be wasteful to make a huge purchase and then decide you hate camping altogether.
- Being prepared for the unexpected is essential any time you go camping, but is even more important when you are a beginner. Being ill-prepared is one of the worst beginner’s mistakes people can make. This is something to seriously consider because you could actually put your life in danger.
- Keeping your campsite properly organized is also an important camping tip for beginners. Have a place for everything and keep it where it belongs. Having quick access to certain supplies can prevent serious life or death consequences.
- If you are new to sleeping in a sleeping bag on the ground, you are likely going to find it difficult to sleep when you first get started. This is normal and it will get easier with each camping trip you take. It is advisable to purchase a thin foam pad to place under your sleeping bag. No, this is not going to feel like you are sleeping on a cloud, but it will definitely prevent things from poking into your back while you sleep and will make things a little more comfortable.
- Because having a fire is such an integral part of the camping experience, it is essential everyone in the party practices fire safety. Everyone, even adults, can make mistakes that lead to serious injuries. The safety instructions should be given before even setting out on your camping experience. Do not wait for a tragedy to happen before you address fire safety.
- A large first aid kit that is packed with necessary supplies is essential for all campers but is even more so for beginners. Ticks, scrapes, and even snake bites all need to be handled appropriately. Having access to a well-stocked first aid kit could save your life or those you care about while camping.
- Make sure to lock up all food and carefully seal all trash cans before heading to bed for the night. Campsites can inadvertently attract wild animals and insects if proper care is not taken to ensure food smells are kept to a minimum. This is especially essential if you are camping in bear country.
Camping is a wonderful experience for people of all ages. Being able to camp under the stars and enjoy the sites and sounds of nature is something we campers can never forget. Whether you are new to camping or have been on hundreds of trips, there is always something new to learn and experience.
Taking time to carefully learn about your surroundings and being prepared for anything that might come your way will make you a much better camper. Do not be afraid to make mistakes and certainly do not feel too good to learn from others. Becoming a better camper means consistently improving each time you go camping because you have learned from past mistakes.