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6 Things To Know Before You Go On Your First Camping Trip

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If you are someone who camps regularly in the wilderness, you must already be aware of the tremendous benefits it offers to the mind and body. But, if you are someone who has never camped before and do not see a reason to do so, let me share with you the amazing feeling of accomplishment you can get after spending a night under the stars.

Firstly, camping makes you get outdoors which, you might agree, has become rare in today’s sedentary lifestyle. Secondly, you get some fresh air which soothes your mind and relaxes your body. Being close to nature heals the soul and clears the mind. Most importantly, you get a much-needed break from studies, work or daily routine through camping.

Now, if you are someone who has never camped before, you probably dread to go on your first trip and keep pushing it away for obvious reasons. This is why we have made a list of important things to be aware of so that your first camping expedition is a hit.

Let’s get started!

Make A Checklist

It’s no fun finding out during the trip that you have forgotten something at home. A few days ahead of the trip, start thinking of what you might need and write it down on a piece of paper as and when you remember an item to keep. Alternatively, you can use our ready-built camping checklist. This will help you to be better prepared for the trip and help you avoid the 11th hour rush to the store. While packing, check off each item as you keep it in your camp bag.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Clothing is one aspect you just can’t ignore on any adventure. Now obviously, it’s not a great idea to wear cotton clothes or denim trousers on a camping trip. It’s wise to wear multiple layers of lightweight clothing as it will protect you from the cold and make it easy for you to wear or remove layers according to the temperature. There are a lot of online stores that sell clothing appropriate for adventures. You can choose ones suitable for you based on comfort, fit and size.

Know Your Camping Gear

Do not wait to get to the campground to learn to set up a tent. It’s not uncommon to see campers fidgeting with their gear for hours before they can actually make use of it. Start practising a few days before the trip. Try setting up a tent in your backyard, or sleeping in a sleeping bag at home to see how it feels or see if you know how to use the equipment harness you bought from Galco. It is advisable to know the functioning of all the gear that you are planning to take. Only practice can make you ready for your first camping trip.

Plan Your Meals

A smart camper should not overlook the importance of planning meals as supplying your body with the necessary nutrients is essential. Eating well makes you feel enthusiastic and full of energy throughout the trip. If you plan your meals in advance, you know how much food you have to carry and do not end up burdening your shoulders from the weight of extra gear. You can then visit a grocery store one or two days before the trip so that the food is fresh.

Learn To Start A Fire

If you are planning to cook at the campsite, it’s important you know how to start a fire beforehand. I am sure you don’t want to be hungry or deprived of food for the whole night. Practise starting a fire at home multiple times till you are able to do it well and follow the right safety precautions.

Check The Weather Forecast

Start keeping a check on the weather conditions in the area you are planning to go camping a few days prior to the trip. Leading to the camping trip, stay updated with the weather forecast and be adequately prepared. This will prevent you from getting surprises on the camping night.

I am hopeful that you are convinced that camping is not that difficult after all. All you need is the right gear and the right amount of preparation and you are set to go!

Jo Bambury, Student, Exeter University

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