If you’re just looking to get into camping but aren’t really sure where to start or what to bring, then fear not, for we have put together some hints and tips to make sure that you’re the paragon of preparedness.
I know what you’re thinking- ‘I’ll just learn as I go along’. But learning how to camp by trial and error can mean having a horrible time when you’re supposed to be having fun. Sleeping on the tent floor because you’ve forgotten something to sleep on will make you tired and irritable, and make the whole experience unpleasant. It also has the potential to be quite dangerous.
What You Need
This list is by no means exhaustive, but does cover the basics.
– A Tent. It should be big enough for everyone to sleep in and to house luggage too. Assume your luggage is the size of another person. It should come with pegs and poles too.
– A plastic mallet to hammer pegs in.
– Sleeping bags.
– Sleeping mat or air bed.
– A stove.
– Cool box.
– Lantern or torch.
– Food and drink.
– Toilet Roll.
If your tent is new, then you’ll need to practice putting up it up, and if it is old, you should make sure that you have all the parts that you need. If you’re not entirely confident putting the tent up but you have no time to practice, then make sure you get to the camp site with plenty of time before it gets dark to get it right.
Pitch your tent on high or sloping ground. This way, if it rains, you won’t be left in the puddle. If it’s sunny, then try to find a pitch with some shade.
Be sure to invest in a good sleeping bag that will keep you really warm, as well as a quality sleeping mat or air bed. Lying on the ground will make you colder, so if you don’t have a proper sleeping bag, then make sure that you have something in between you and the floor.
If condensation appears in your tent, don’t be fooled into thinking your tent is leaking. Most tents do this, but you can minimise it by opening all vents, roll up storm flaps and wipe off moisture from inside the fly sheet.
If camping isn’t your thing, you could go a step up and get a caravan. Whether touring or static, they’re a great way to stay in the camping scene but with more of the home comforts.