Decide how many people will be sleeping in one tent. You may want to have one tent for adults and one for children if you will be camping with the whole family. For a more comfortable arrangement, purchase a tent that will hold two more people than the number you expect to have sleeping inside. The tent is the focal point of most camping trips. If you’re a beginning camper, there are a couple of different tent tips to remember.
First and foremost, practice pitching your tent before you head to the campsite. Being able to do it quickly and effectively is extremely valuable. When looking for a place to set up, always look for a “natural bed” of soft, flat soil – but avoid the bottom of hills or valleys. Finally, always set up a tarp below your tent to avoid potential damage or water-logging.
Sleeping bags are graded for temperature and come in different shapes and sizes. Choose sleeping bags that are appropriate for the season and that have a comfortable size.
What to Bring on a Camping Trip
With any luck, each camping trip proves to be a unique experience. There are many wonderful things that nature has to offer. But, no matter where you’re headed, a few things should always come with you. I have a "Camping Check List" page to help you decide what to bring.
Cooking and Meal Equipment
A small, portable propane stove is very handy and makes mealtime as easy as if you were cooking in your own kitchen. You can also purchase a barbecue or find a stove that has both burners and grill. Choose washable dishes and utensils to be environmentally conscious.
The real trick to enjoying great meals on the road is to do as much prep work at home as possible before you leave so you can make sure mealtime isn’t boring or predictable. Doing your prep work in advance will also help you cut down on the handling of raw foods and help you minimize the hassle and mess of cooking when you’re on the road. Check out my "Meals - Plan ahead" Page.
Coolers and food storage:
Choose coolers big enough to allow for blocks of ice. It's a good idea to have two separate coolers in different sizes as well, one for frozen foods and one for refrigerated foods. Select coolers with a snap-lock lid and handles. Purchase plastic bins to hold food that doesn't require refrigeration.
The best luggage for camping is a cloth bag like as a hockey bag or back packs. They handle and pack easy. Roll your cloths up, it works better for packing.
Buy two tarps one to use as a ground sheet underneath your tent and one to shelter the tent in the case of rain.
Bring some rope for a makeshift clothesline.
A nighttime lantern is always handy, especially for trips to the bathroom.
You'll also need a basic survival kit, a cell phone, and a flashlight in case of emergencies.
If you're going on a trip that lasts more than two nights and three days, bring biodegradable soap and shampoo. Do not wash in the river or springs, biodegradables need dirt to degrade, so it could stay in the water for a long time.
When considering extra items to bring, try to think of functional items that fit your lifestyle, such as sunscreen, bug spray, a pair of extra sandals, and a doormat for entry to your tent. Browse the aisles of the sporting goods section to determine what other items would be good to bring along.
There’s just no better way to spend time with your kids than doing it in the great outdoors. It is a great way to bring families close together and to teach younger children about the wonders of the natural world. It is so important to take the time to enjoy the journey of these new experiences with your child. In nature there are so many amazing things to discover.
When you are planning for an overnight trip or a longer trip, the planning and prep work are just about the same. Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Planning ahead is one way to make sure you have a successful, and enjoyable camping trips.
Get the kids interested in the trip by getting them involved in the planning. It will build their excitement and anticipation, when your children are young, and you will set them on the path to a lifetime of outdoor adventures. Below are some tips I put together to help start your planning.
Plan the camping trip together
Try a backyard campout before you go for the first time
Try to experience outdoor activities with your kids
Take the necessary gear and supplies
Plan alternative activities
Make your travel fun
A few tips on camping with an infant – Submitted by K. Molina
Buy toys at the dollar store. They will keep your kids occupied in the car and at the campsite…simply throw them away if they get too dirty to take home.
Camping requires equipment, and the basic equipment is the same for seasoned experts or those just starting out. While there is plenty of high-quality camping equipment to make your stay outdoors a luxury affair, most of these items aren't necessary, especially for beginners. Choose good quality equipment, but don't blow your budget buying the most expensive gear. Remember that costly doesn’t always mean top quality.
If you have never been camping, let me tell you that it involves some major thought and preparation. If you've never been camping before and have a yearning to try the activity out, you may be pleasantly surprised with the experience. Camping may even become a regular activity you carry out on weekends or during your yearly vacation. If you have children, camping is a wonderful experience that teaches them quite a lot about making do with very little. Check out our ‘Kid’s Page'
Camping is one of the better way to enjoy the great outdoors. One of the first thing you should do is become familiar/refamiliar with the basic camping gear that you will need. One way is to go camping with a seasoned camper. You can quickly learn from them. Basically, you need a shelter, which could be a tent, cabin, or RV, and you need a bed, which could be a combination of sleeping bags and pads, cots, air mattresses, and comforters, and you need to eat, which may or may not require cooking utensils.