After a week of projects, deadlines, and piled-up stress, camping might just be what you need to take a break and refill your energy. Getting in touch with nature while enjoying the best the outdoors has to offer is a one of a kind experience. You can be a solo camper or even invite friends and family for a memorable getaway. From campgrounds to state and national parks, your camping options are endless—and you can also do it in your backyard to get the hang of it if you so wish.
Before you venture out into the wild, creating a camping list should be one of your first steps as a beginner camper. This will ensure you have a smooth experience without any bumps in the road. This list might vary according to the type of camping you’re going for, the activities you have planned, the season, and even the length of your trip.
We went ahead and made a checklist to ensure you have the best camping adventure, especially if you're still getting used to the experience.
Plan ahead to avoid overpacking
What’s the duration of your trip? What activities will you be doing? Are you driving there? These are all major questions that you should ask yourself before you go camping. To make sure you don’t overpack, start by choosing a backpack that fits the length of your trip and can carry all of your items. Thinking ahead of the activities you’ll be doing will also ensure you don’t carry too much weight on your shoulders if you happen to go hiking.
Setting up your campsite
Setting up a tent on your very first camping trip might sound like a nightmare come to life, especially if you happen to arrive at your campsite with only a few hours of sunlight to spare. If you want to be prepared for anything, why not try to set up your tent in your backyard or living room a few times to get the hang of it? It will leave you more at ease and boost your confidence.
The inside of your tent is also important. For a good night’s sleep, choose your gear wisely. You’ll want your trip to run smoothly without any surprise backaches and head bumps, right? Then this camping gear is for you:
- Tent (poles and guy lines)
- Tent (self-assembled or a do-it-yourself tent)
- Sleeping bag
- Inflatable pillow
- Air mattress and pump
- Camping table and foldable chairs
- Flashlight and headlamp (don’t forget extra batteries)
Channeling your inner camping chef
Your camping kitchen system will depend on the type of camper that you are and how much you intend on cooking. If you truly enjoy eating granola bars or cans of baked beans, then you’re pretty much good to go—well, maybe consider bringing a can opener. But if you’re the type of camper that can’t go without a warm meal every day then we advise you to plan ahead.
You can opt for a stove, a grill, or even an appropriate container to cook over a fire. It’s entirely up to you and what meals you want to make. You can start by preparing the ingredients at home for each meal and just cook something simple on a portable stove. You’ll surely be the camp cook in no time!
Here’s all the cooking gear you’ll need:
- Water bottles
- A bottle and can opener
- Portable stove and fuel
- Package of matches or a lighter
- Paper towels or kitchen paper roll
- Trash bags (don’t skip on recycling)
- Eating utensils
- Mugs or cups
- Plates or bowls
- Cooking utensils
- Reusable food bags or containers
- A sponge and dish soap
Camper tip: We advise you to go prepared and bring your own drinkable water in case the location you’re headed only has a natural water source.