Everyone should experience camping at least once in their lives. Whether you go alone, with friends, or with family, you’re sure to have a relaxing and rewarding time if you plan it out correctly. You’re given the unique opportunity to completely disconnect from technology and everyday life and get back to nature, living entirely in the moment. You’ll also be able to try new things and learn new skills that you wouldn’t have done back home. Unfortunately, as with any other trip, camping takes a fair bit of planning, so to help you out, here are four steps you can follow.
- Choose Your Campsite
The first thing that you need to do is find a campsite, but it’s important that you find one that suits your wants and needs. For example, if you were looking to have a more luxurious camping holiday, then you’d find somewhere with electricity, warm water, and electrical hookups. On the other hand, if you’d rather get back to nature and have a more rugged experience, then there are stripped back options out there. Make sure you do plenty of research to find the right one for you.
- Buy Your Gear
If you’ve never been camping before, then you’re going to need to buy or borrow your tent and equipment. Some of this won’t come cheap, but you’ll be able to use it again and again, so you’re still saving money. You’ll need to bring different things depending on what you want to do and how you want your trip to be, but this checklist covers everything you will likely need. Make sure you use it to avoid forgetting anything important.
- Plan Your Menu
As long as you have the right tools and storage, your camping menu can be incredibly varied, so make sure that you really think about what it is that you want to eat. A good cooler is absolutely vital, so, if you haven’t got one already, these guys do cooler reviews that can help you pick one. Make sure you check whether or not you can get ice from your campsite, because, if you can’t you may want to serve perishables within the first few days of your trip.
- Sort The Itinerary
If you’re traveling a distance to reach your campsite, then you may want to map your journey, like you would if you were planning a road trip. This way, you’ll know the route you’re driving, how long it should take to reach your campsite, and places you could stop along the way, including services, restaurants, and roadside attractions. You should also have an idea of activities you want to do each day, to make sure that you’ve got all of the clothes and equipment you need.
Planning a camping trip can get overwhelming at times, as there’s often much more that you need to think about and consider compared with a regular beach holiday or city break. However, the four steps above should make the task seem a little more manageable so that you can really enjoy your vacation!
*This is a collaborative post