Even if you’ve never been camping you’ve probably thought about how cool it would be to immerse yourself in the great outdoors with your family and friends engaging in some fun activities, followed up by campfire drinks and smores. Who wouldn’t like that? Well, as fun as camping is and sounds, there’s actually a lot that goes into it and that’s probably why most people who think about camping—don’t actually go. Think about it, there’s a lot you have to do, especially if it’s your first camping experience. You’ve got to get a tent, sleeping bags, stuff to cook and eat with, CBDfx products to ease any unforeseen tensions, and anything else you might need while you’re “roughing” it in the wilderness. We know you don’t want to be caught off guard and end up in the middle of nowhere totally confused, so that’s why we’ve put together some simple steps that’ll have you camping like a pro in no time!
Where Will You Camp?
Sure, this is the most basic information—where will you actually camp? This can vary depending on your geographical location but think about if the campground is kid-friendly, dog friendly, or any other amenities that you need to make your stay more accommodating. You’ll also have to find out if there is a viable water source, if campfires are allowed, and if you need to reserve a spot ahead of time. Seriously, how mad would you be if you’re all packed to only get there to see that the whole campground is filled with no spot for you? Another basic question— will you sleep in a tent, rent an RV, or mobile home? With any of these options you have to keep in mind that you’ll need to get there early sometimes in order to get a good spot.
This question obviously ties into the way you’ll camp, but if you’re going to camp the old fashioned way with a tent out in the woods, you’ll need more planning and preparation. If you’re going to pitch a tent you need to make sure it’s big enough for you, your sleeping partner(s), and the stuff you’d like to have in the tent with you. And you actually don’t have to “rough it” either, you can take all the comfy pillows and blankets you need to be comfortable. We all know how challenging it can be to actually put the tent up and that’s why it’s not a bad idea to do a practice run at home. This way when you get out there to pitch that tent you know what you’re doing and you don’t end up throwing pieces all across the woods!
You’ll find that the answer to this question will grow, and grow the more you think about it. If you’re like the majority of people who don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars for stuff you might not even use again (if you don’t like the experience) you can just find a company to rent some camping equipment from.
Vittles & Such
You have a couple of options here and it really depends on how you’re camping. If you’ve opted for the RV, you’ll have a full kitchen most of the time, and maybe even a grill. If you’re just outdoors with your tent and a campfire, you can make your own grill by taking along a grill top to place over the fire. Also, tin foil is your best friend for outdoor cooking–so don’t forget it! It’s a great idea to bring along fruits (that don’t need refrigeration), nuts, granola bars, water, and ready made food items. You can make sure to bring along a cooler with ice so you can chill whatever drink or food items that are better served cold. Just make sure you don’t forget the necessary ingredients for smores—because what is a camping trip without smores! Oh, and if you have kids they’ll never forgive the omission of smores!
Random Items You Can’t Forget
No matter where we might be going, it seems like we always forget something! Camping is no different so here’s a list of some common items you’ve got to pack to make your trip more comfortable.
- Citronella Candles: Maybe you like insects crawling on you and nibbling on you, but chances are you don’t. Bring a few of these candles to secure the perimeter by creating a nice little bug barrier.
- Bug Spray: Because a few might be able to get through, right? You can take along a spray or lotion to keep the bugs off of you when you’re exploring.
- Flashlights or lanterns: The outdoors can become a very scary place when the sun goes down and you have to find a spot to relieve yourself!
- Toilet Paper: Unless you really want to “rough it” and use leaves!
- Hygiene Products: Make sure to bring along your toothbrush, and any other self-care products you need to stay fresh and clean!
- Extra Batteries: Because you can never have enough batteries out in the wilderness.
Camping is so much fun, but can a good time go bad very quickly if you’re overtaken by the frustrations of not having enough supplies, etc. It’s easy to pack like a camping pro—just look up a camping checklist and you’ll be able to print out a detailed list of everything you need!
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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