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Camping Tips: A Beginners Guide to their First Trip

Occasionally, the thought of leaving behind our common amenities for a camping trip in the great outdoors may be a bit overwhelming and challenging to our comfort zone. As with any project, a bit of preparation, planning, and understanding can make all the difference in optimizing the most enjoyable experience. That is why we are sharing this camping guide with you.  Within this Beginners Guide to Camping you will find:

  • What is the difference between car camping and backcountry camping?
  • Who should you camp with?
  • Where should you take a camping trip?
  • Essential camping gear and descriptions for each.
  • What food should you eat on a camping trip?
  • What clothes to pack for your camping trip?
  • How to stay dry when camping in the rain.
  • Tips for cold weather camping.
  • A list of camping activities to do around the campsite.
  • A general list of guidelines to follow while camping. 

Getting started might be a bit intimidating, but just remember, once you’ve got all the basics down, and the necessary camping gear, you’ll be building memories upon memories of incredible camping adventures. 

The two main types of camping:

Generally, camping can be broken down into two main categories: car camping and backpacking.

Car camping in its most basic form is sleeping in a tent while keeping your gear accessible in a nearby car. This style of camping is common in established campgrounds that typically have bathroom facilities and potable water available. Check out your local state parks, forest reserves, or national parks to see what services are available at their campgrounds. 

Backcountry camping usually involves hiking several miles into the wilderness with all your gear strapped to your back. This style of camping typically requires some experience and knowledge of your intended destination, though it doesn’t mean beginners must stay away. Getting out into the backcountry normally leads to amazing scenery and unforgettable memories.

You may be asking–who should I camp with?

If you are completely new to camping, it would be best to go with a friend or family member who has experience. One of the easiest ways to learn about the outdoors is to have someone show you. You could also consider joining with other solo travelers on a group camping and hiking trip, where the outfitter supplies a majority of the gear.

  • Camping with friends.  Camping can help you build and strengthen friendships, you’ll have a chance to talk and visit without distraction. Friends tend to bring out the best times in our life.  
  • Camping with family.  Planning a family camping trip can really bring a family together, deepening familial bonds while getting in touch with nature. It’s a healthy activity that will provide plenty of opportunities for bonding.
  • Solo camping.  Camping by yourself allows you to make all the decisions and create the flow all on your own. You can take this opportunity to practice meditation, write in a journal, or simply observe the natural world around you free of distraction.
  • Camping with a group. By joining an organized camping trip with a professional outfitter, you will be provided with a majority of the basic camping supplies.  These trips also are led by professional guides with the knowledge of the outdoors and First Aid skills.  An extra benefit is you may meet other people on the trip that you can organize future camping trips with once you’ve learned the basics of camping.   
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