If you are looking for a way to enjoy new experiences, get away from routine, and just relax, then camping is a great idea. A few days in nature with friends or family, away from the busy city, with beautiful scenery and fresh air, can rejuvenate your body and mind, improving the quality of your daily life.

And to make your trip comfortable, calm, and safe, you should prepare in advance because the more you know, the fewer unpleasant surprises await you.

Here are some main aspects to consider when planning your trip, especially if this is your first time camping.

1. Choosing a tent

Camping is a year-round hobby. In addition, you may face sudden weather changes even in summer, so you need to have a reliable and high-quality tent that can protect you.

It is also essential to evaluate how many people are traveling with you and what each group member’s needs are to ensure you have enough sleeping and gear space.

Choosing a tent can be difficult with so many options available. The main things to keep in mind are the season of the tent (summer, winter, or year-round), the number of places to sleep, the division into rooms, tent materials, and its shape. To do this, determine your priorities in advance before deciding on purchasing a camping tent and supplies.

2. Clothing

Even if you are camping in the summer, make sure you pack enough warm clothes as the weather may change dramatically. In addition, the nights can be really cold in many places, even if there is a heatwave during the day. So when packing, take a sweatshirt, warm pants, and a spare pair of shoes with good water protection.

As a bonus, remember to consider the inner and outer layers of clothing when choosing a camping wardrobe. The purpose of the outer layer is to protect you from moisture and water. The purpose of the inner layer is to preserve body heat.

3. Camp

Before you go camping, find out more about the spot where you plan to stay. It is also useful to read reviews from people who have already visited this place.

When choosing a site to camp, consider the following aspect: the higher you are on the hill, the less likely it is to flood. You should also avoid pitching your tents near lonely trees, as during a storm, there is always the risk of lightning striking or a branch breaking off that could fall on your tent while you are inside.

4. Cooking area

Once you have set up camp, prepare a cooking area. To minimize risks, place the fire at least 5 meters from the tent.

It is also a good idea to use rocks to separate the fire from its surroundings.

Prepare a tarp or other roofing material in advance to prevent the fire from going out if it rains.

5. Keep it clean

Respect for nature is a basic principle that all campers should follow. When we are looking for the best spot to pitch a tent, we always try to find a clean and beautiful site. Make sure you clean up the area before you leave so that the next camper may enjoy the campsite as much as you do.

6. First aid kit

Since camping often involves you being away from cities and even towns, it is necessary to take a first aid kit with you to minimize the various risks you may encounter in nature.

Make sure your first aid kit contains antihistamines, painkillers, disinfectants, hemostatic, bandages, and plasters. This kit is enough for you to provide first aid before doctors arrive or visit the hospital.

7. Avoid highways and power lines

RV camping is one of the most popular options, so at first glance, it may seem convenient to stay close to a highway that is easily accessible by car. But, when choosing such a place, you will listen to the noise of vehicles passing by instead of the calming sounds of nature.

Also, avoid camping near power lines, as strong winds in bad weather can cause dangerous situations. A minimum distance of 300 feet is recommended between tents and power lines.

8. Food

You should not take a lot of perishable food on a trip. The best solution is to bring canned food, cereals, potatoes, pasta, cookies, and buns. What’s more, instant noodles are a great idea when travelling, as their preparation does not require much effort and time.

Be sure to bring a large water bottle for drinking, cooking, bathing, and grooming before setting up camp and looking for a drinkable water source.

In Conclusion

Any camping is primarily about planning, responsibility, and safety. Therefore, you should research the place in advance, as well as learn more about the features of camping in the region where you are going. This is especially true if you live in a city and are planning your first trip to nature.

Safety should be a top priority on your trip. To avoid risks, follow these rules:

  • Tell your family and friends in advance where exactly you are going.
  • Find out about possible dangers and risks in the place where you are going.
  • Mark the nearest emergency services, pharmacies, and grocery stores on the map.
  • Always keep your gadgets and batteries charged.
  • If you are traveling to remote areas, learn how to read a map and use a compass.
  • Learn more about basic camping and outdoor skills.