Beginners’ Guide To Camping: Essential Camp Gear, Tips & More

Camping lets us connect back with nature and enjoy a different pace of life. Sleeping under the stars and living outside can also be done almost anywhere in the world. As with any trip that you take, one way to ensure that your time away will be all that you picture is to do some planning.

Before you enjoy camping Outside Walla Walla and other great places, here’s a beginner’s guide to get you ready.

Planning your Camping Trip

When people say I’m going camping, everyone imagines a different scene. That’s your first step of planning. What do you picture? List the details that you see.

  • Are you in the mountains, by a stream, swimming in a pond, and on?
  • What time of year?
  • Are there amenities at the campsite – showers with hot water? Swimming pool?
  • How many people are with you?
  • What are their age ranges?

After you think through those questions and answer them, that will help you decide when and where you want to go. Do some research about campsites in the area that you want to visit. Some campsites are more remote than others. Consider that in your decision about which campsite you choose.

Many campsites reach capacity during their busy seasons. Not all campsites are open all year. You are usually able to make reservations, which is recommended!

Camping Gear

For beginning campers, renting, buying used, or borrowing camping equipment is a great way to start. You don’t want to spend more money than you can afford; that will quickly reduce the appeal of camping for you!

Here are some items that you should consider having with you for your trip.

  • Tent – make sure that your tent is large enough for everyone in your camping party, or consider pitching multiple tents.·To reduce your stress, try pitching your tent before you get to the campsite!
  • Sleeping comforts – a camping map can really add to your ability to get a good night’s sleep. You will also need a sleeping bag and a pillow.
  • Cooking items – a camping stove, gas, and utensils are needed for those great outdoor meals. Don’t forget plates and utensils to eat with.
  • Lights and batteries – you will need flashlights for each camper, but you also need a battery powered lantern or two.
  • Portable charger for your cell phone should also be on your shopping list.
  • Add a first aid kit to your list as well.

And More Tips for Beginning Campers

You want to plan your daily activities and meals. When deciding what you will have to eat each day and for each meal, list all the ingredients. Use this checklist to be sure that you pack everything that you will need. Remember, you will not have a refrigerator or freezer to safely store your food. Don’t forget snacks. Being active outside tends to make everyone a bit hungrier!

Beverages also need to be on your packing list. A cooler filled with ice for beverages and food should also be included.

When packing your clothes, don’t forget that it gets much cooler outside at night. Layers are key! Be sure you have the right clothes for your planned activities.