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Tips For The First Time Camper

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If you’re brand new to camping, it can be a worrying proposition to sleep under canvas for the first time. However, there’s really nothing to worry about, and if you’re well prepared, you should find that you have a thoroughly enjoyable vacation.

Here are some top tips to help you get your first ever camping trip off to the best possible start.




Familiarise Yourself With Your Equipment

A big mistake that new campers often make is waiting until they reach their campground before testing their new gear. This could raise a host of issues. All too often, campers find they’re missing tent poles or discover that they don’t know how to put their tent up. Practice before you head off on your trip. Practice setting up your tent in your backyard. Unroll your sleeping bag and check that it’s comfortable. Test your lantern to make sure it works and also test your camping stove before you pack your car.



Choose The Right Tent

Frequently, campers make the mistake of buying a tent which is much too small for their needs. It’s important to choose a tent which is not just big enough for your party but also large enough to store all your equipment. A 2 person tent isn’t massive enough for two campers if you need to have space for your bags and stuff too. If you’re camping as a family, you’re definitely going to need a much bigger tent, preferably with separate rooms for people to sleep in. Also, choose the one that's easy to clean as cleaning a tent is important too.



Make A Checklist

If you don’t have a checklist in place, it’s all too easy to forget essential items when packing for your trip. That way disaster lies. You don’t want to get to your campsite and discover you’ve left your sleeping bag or lantern at home. Draw up a comprehensive list and make sure you use it.



Arrive Early

Arrive early in the day at your campsite to avoid any possible problems in the dark. If you arrive in the evening, you’re going to struggle to set up all your equipment before the light fades. Make sure you get there in enough time to work out the layout of the campground.



Plan What To Eat

New campers rarely put sufficient thought into planning their meals. However, if you don’t know what you’re going to eat for every lunch, there’s a risk of not taking enough food or choosing food which is hard to cook on a camping stove. Since space will be at a premium, make sure you plan exactly what you’ll have for each meal and only take enough for your needs. Whenever possible, you should expect to receive a cool box with you as this will enable you to store foods like milk and cheese in a safe and secure place while keeping it fresh and safe to eat during your trip. This is especially important during the summer months when there’s a chance that your food could quickly spoil. View more on CampingStyle.co.uk about how to choose the right toolbox to suit your needs when you’re heading off on your first ever camping trip.



Bring Enough Clothes

A common mistake made by new campers is failing to take sufficient clothing or incorrect clothing. Remember that it’s often difficult to wash your clothes, so if you’re going to be camping for more than a couple of days, you’ll need several changes of clothes, mainly if the weather is set to be inclement. Remember to take enough clothes so you can wear layers as this is the most practical way to cool off or warm up as required. Don’t forget to take essentials like a swimsuit and pyjamas too.



Choose The Right Time And Place

If you’re brand new to camping, get yourself off to the right start by choosing the right place and time for your first trip. Camp during warm, dry weather so you can practice putting up your tent in the best possible weather conditions, and choose a campsite which is close to home so that if you really hate it, or forget anything important, you can quickly get back home in a short space of time.

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