How to Camp – An Ultimate Beginner’s Guide
Now I know what you are telling yourself…..I would really like to camp, it looks fun but I have no idea how to camp, what to bring or what to expect. There are a few things that you really have to determine before you can figure out what you need to do to get ready for your camping trip. Answering the following basic questions will guide you to finding your footing.
1.What type of camping have you decided to do?
Did you want to RV camp? Camper/Trailer camp? Tent camp? Backpack/Hike camp? Canoe/kayak camp?
Determining the type of camping you want to do can aid you in what sort of equipment and expertise is needed. For example, you would need a vastly different sort of equipment for RV camping versus hiking camping.
As with clothing, you can think of camping in very specific ways. What do you think is the most appropriate form of camping for you? Backpacking, campervan/trailer camping, tent camping, backpack camping and the degree of camping you wish to have? These are all very realistic choices.
However, when you think of this next question, keep in mind that the answer to your future camping pursuits depends very much on your idea of camping. You can have a fantastic time camping in a trailer or a tent, even a tiny little shelter on a lake, etc. But if you decide that you are going to bring a little more gear along, you will need to be sure that you have the proper clothing for the area that you are planning to visit.
When it comes to clothing, you have to consider the season in which you are planning to do your camping. Obviously, you will need clothing for any type of weather, but you might want to think about getting clothes for another type of weather also. Which ever you choose, be sure to bring along a fleece jacket or sweater in addition to your regular clothes.
Remember clothing allows for much more flexibility when it comes to what you can wear, and since you won’t always be sure what the weather will be like, it is a good idea to have a nice nice change of clothes along. Obviously, if you are going to be staying in a place where there is no electricity then the electricity clothing can be a very wise decision.
Ideas to Carry
You need to carry clothes that are extremely comfortable. Since you won’t always have a idea when it will happen. It is a good idea to carry at least two changes of clothes along with you. If you are doing a lot of hiking then carrying a camera along maybe helpful. If you are setting up a base camp for the next day’s camping activity. Carrying a good, sturdy knife along could prove advantageous. Since you will be staying away from civilization this will make carrying a little bit easier. But remember to choose clothes that are specifically geared to camping over wearing what you would usually wear for regular activities.
Since you will be staying outside most of the time when you are camping. The best idea is to carry waterproof matches along with some fire starter sticks. Even if you plan to build a fire, and it starts and you are tired, and then you need some extra fire wood, it is a good idea to carry some waterproof matches along with your fire starter sticks. Even if you plan to burn cottonwood then don’t forget to bring some logs along to build the fire too. Wet logs take a long time to dry out and they create a flattery area around the fire.
Zip Lock Bags
Also don’t forget to bring along small zip lock bags to place in your freshly dressed meats or any other items needing ingredient along the campfire. You might also want to bring along some 2008oto disposable coffee makers. The bags come in a variety of sizes and can double as a part of a laundry basket. They have a number of great attributes including that they don’t make use of any chemicals and yet retain the freshness of coffee. The best feature of them though is that they can be washed easily in the river and can retain the original chem chains of your favorite coffee.