Camping out in the great outdoors is one of life’s truly guilty luxuries. Those who profess not enjoying camping are 99% of the time the very same people who will valiantly admit to having pitched up mostly unprepared and lacking proper camping equipment. And really, when just starting out, camping can be daunting business. But that certainly doesn’t mean that it has to be. Given the correct information and just a bit of guidance in the right direction, stress-free first-time camping is more than possible.
These are some top tips we’ve found to be particularly useful to beginners.
Location, Location, Location
Choosing the right campsite (right for you!) is crucial – especially when just starting out. When camping in a tent, its important to find out whether there are toilet and shower facilities available on site. When just starting out, be sure to avoid wanting to go all-out and instantly hard-core and amenity-free. Jumping in the deep end has had many a camper’s journey dead on arrival. Its better to choose a site reasonably nearby a town, as this will ensure the availability of places to eat, supply stores and the likes. And, over here we love sports, so there should be space to enjoy all our favourite activities too.
About The Tent
Its easy to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of available options when purchasing one’s very first tent. The golden rule is this: always choose a tent a size (or even two) bigger than the number of individuals who will be using the tent. There are few things more frustrating than feeling cramped up and uncomfortable during your very first camping trip.
Also important is to choose a tent made of a good quality material. This will avoid unnecessary wear and tear from setting in too soon. And be sure to check that your tent of choice is of a good waterproof quality. Nobody enjoys waking up drenched and shivering in the wee hours of the morning.
About Sleeping Bags
Many of the rules of buying a tent also apply to sleeping bags. Try not to buy the smallest sleeping bag you can find – but be careful not to go overboard on size either, as this may affect your sleeping gear’s ability to keep you warm during the cooler seasons. Choose a sleeping bag made of durable material. And if you can machine wash it too, then you may just have yourself a winner.
Pitching A Tent
Setting up camp and pitching a tent in a national park or campsite may, to the inexperienced camper at least, seem like pretty simple stuff. But the truth is, its only simple when knowing what to look out for. Very important is to pitch your tent on level ground. Another good idea is to pitch your tent with its back to the wind, as this will create a sturdier tented structure. And on the topic of sturdy, be sure to plant the pegs of your tent in such a way that they protrude from the ground at a 45 degree-angle.
Always Remember The List
The value of a well-constructed checklist must never be underestimated. A list ensures that nothing is left behind in haste.
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