In order to have an awesome outdoor adventure, be sure you’re ready for it! Here are 9 things you should do before going camping.
Camping is one of the best ways to get back in touch with nature, and it’s also a great way to escape the hustle-and-bustle of daily life. In order to really enjoy your trip outdoors, be sure to do the proper planning first.
Before your next outdoor adventure, make sure you do these 9 things first.
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1. Pick your Campground:
This step will make it easier for you to put together a camping gear list. If you have never been camping before, then consider choosing a popular campground that has good resources and services onsite at reasonable prices as well as plenty of activities available.
You may want to first go camping in an RV park to get all the camping experience and know-how before you embark on a trip to a National Park.
2. Know the weather conditions of your destination:
The weather will play an important role in your planning. Camping in areas with extreme temperatures or precipitation conditions may not be ideal.
Make sure to do some preliminary research into possible weather patterns for your destination, so you can plan how to best prepare for them.
3. Make your Campsite Reservation:
A lot of campsites book up very fast during the prime camping season, which is spring and summer. Be sure to make a reservation as early as possible and choose a site that will meet all your needs.
You may want to consider booking online, so you can compare prices and availability.
4. Know how you will get there:
You also need to think about how they’re going to get to your campsite.
Can your vehicle fit all your gear? Do you need to rent a larger SUV?
5. Plan out your meals:
You don’t want to end up packing not enough food for your trip, or having food spoil because you packed too much. Take the time to plan your meals and grocery list carefully. Don’t forget snacks!
6. Make a camping gear list:
When you’re planning out your camping trip, make sure that you have everything you need and nothing more! You certainly don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the woods with nothing but what you’ve got, so take the time to evaluate the purpose of every item on your gear list.
Don’t skip this step! You don’t want to be scrambling around in the last few minutes before you leave trying to put together your gear and finding you don’t have enough sleeping bags for everybody.
Instead, take the time now to make sure that you have all the camping essentials on hand.
7. Assign Camping duties:
Before you head off on your camping trip, make sure that everyone knows what they’re supposed to do while you are out there. Especially when it comes to setting up camp.
Have kids? Be ready to hand them some “keep busy” jobs so you can focus on getting going.
8. Pack your bags:
Make sure that everything you have packed is checked off your camping gear list. You don’t want to get halfway through your trip and realize that you have two sleeping bags for the same person or find out that someone brought too many of something.
9. Camping checklist:
Once you’ve got all the items on your camping gear list in order, then you can move on to the task of planning out your camping checklist. This checklist should detail everything that needs to be done for a successful trip and should ensure that you have prepared for all possibilities.
Camping is an excellent way to enjoy nature; however, it is imperative that you plan ahead so you are able to fully enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer.
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Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls who lives in the Niagara region of Ontario. She loves photography, camping, hiking, and travel.