Camping is a great way to see the world when you travel. Instead of being cooped up in a hotel room, you’re close to nature. If you like hiking, you can simply step out of your tent and you’re on some of the best trails in the world. However, as any scout will tell you, being prepared is one of the most important things, so you need to make sure you’re packed and have all the equipment you need before you leave. Follow this list of things to prepare before a camping trip.
Shelter for all weathers
A good tent is essential, but this is generally only used for sleeping. However, if there’s a downpour during the day, or you need shelter from the midday sun, it’s worth having something you can use for temporary protection. Tarps are an ideal solution for camping, as they can be turned into a shelter in seconds, but they’re lightweight enough to pack in your daypack. If you notice a downpour starting, you can use poles or nearby trees to build a temporary shelter.
Clothing for all weather possibilities
Wearing the right clothing is essential when you camp, as it’ll help you stay comfortable and protect you from the elements. Some types of clothes you might need include:
- Light t-shirts and top
- Hiking trousers or shorts – these are made from materials designed especially for the outdoors. Things like yoga pants or denim shorts should be avoided
- A waterproof outer layer – unless the weather is extremely cold, you should avoid padded jackets, as layering is much more comfortable
- Lots of spare socks, so you can change after a day of hiking
One of the most important things about choosing to clothe for camping is finding the right fabrics. You need clothes that are designed to keep you at a comfortable temperature and remove sweat, so you can stay dry when you’re on a long hike.
Basic camping furniture
You may associate camping with sitting on the ground and sleeping on the groundsheet, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Taking a few basic items such as a beachside table for outdoor dining, or a folding camp bed for sleeping can really elevate your camping experience. Folding chairs are also good, as you have somewhere to sit after a long day of hiking, and don’t have to sit on the dirty ground.
An idea of where to go
The great thing about camping is that you have flexibility over your location. You can pitch anywhere, as long as it’s legal, so there are lots of unique places where you can stay. For example, you can camp at the Khun Chae Waterfall, which has camping areas along the trail. However, you need to make sure you get a permit, if needed, and stick to designated camping areas. Most countries have strict laws around where you can and can’t camp and may even outlaw things like wild camping. So, you need to know the local regulations in the area you’re going to.
A plan for your stay
Camping allows you to be spontaneous. The trouble is, most of us have limited holiday time, so want to make the most of our trips. A little planning is best, as you’ll need to know the best place to camp and also what kind of hiking trails and activities are in the area. Once you’ve got this information, you’ll be able to make a vague plan, and decide what to do nearby. Some people camp, but then spend time in local towns and sightseeing, while others spend all their time outdoors, so there are lots of options.
Thinking of going camping? Whether it’s the first time or you’re experienced, you need to be well-prepared. Being prepared means that, no matter what nature throws at you, you can be comfortable and happy. A lot of people find that when they camp, they often forget things and have to make do, which isn’t ideal when you’re trying to relax and enjoy yourself. Make a list and make sure everything gets packed in the car before you go so that when you arrive, you can simply focus on enjoying nature.