Choose the Destination and the People You Will Camp with
If you are going camping in the near future, you are probably excited. Especially if it is going to be your first time. But like any other vacation, camping requires an extensive amount of preparation, often way more than most others. So, for that, we brought together this easy-to-follow camping checklist that will help you get ready properly.
Prepare the Medications & Determine the Trip Duration
Check the Weather Regularly
Pack the Essentials
Prepare A Meal Plan
Pack the Optional Stuff
1. Choose the Destination and the People You Will Camp with
First off, choose whom you will go camping with. This way you can gather and determine a camping spot together. While determining a camping spot, checking the reviews of the camping areas near you can be immensely helpful. You’ll probably have to choose between 2 main categories: public and private campgrounds. Public campgrounds are cheaper, usually larger and more beautiful in general. But they are often much more populated than the private ones, which means booking a reservation beforehand can be a challenge. And they don’t offer that many services. Private campgrounds, on the other hand, are more expensive and usually smaller, but they offer many more services, better restrooms and are easier to book. After you determine the place, check if the area is accessible with a vehicle. Will you have enough gas to get there? Do you have to walk? Lastly, decide where you will be sleeping. In a cabin, a tent or an RV?
2. Prepare the Medications & Determine the Trip Duration
Always pack a comprehensive first aid kit and make sure at least one person in the group is trained in first aid. Learn if anyone in the group has allergies and plan your trip/meals accordingly. If anyone needs routine medication, make sure to pack it first. Then, determine how long you will be camping for in line with this information. Better safe than sorry.
3. Check the Weather Regularly
As the day of the trip gets closer, check the weather report of the determined place of camping regularly to make sure it is desirable. If it isn’t, you can delay the plan, choose another place or pack according to that weather. If there are reports of extreme conditions like heavy rain or a storm, stay safe and either change the destination or the date.
4. Pack the Essentials
No matter where you are going for camping, there is a set list of essential stuff you must pack before. These essential items will be the core of your camping experience, in terms of both safety and enjoyment. Equipment like tents, a navigation tool, table, chairs, sleeping bags, pillows and illumination tools are fundamental. For the full list of the essential camping gear and the details, check out our Camping Essentials and Camping Gear & Equipment articles.
5. Prepare A Meal Plan
Needless to say, you won’t have the comfort and the luxury of your home’s kitchen during camping. You need to pack easy-to-carry food that doesn’t perish easily, especially dairy. Stuff like fruits, nuts and crackers are great for snacks. For the main meals, get a portable table, a couple of pans, a heat source and other basic kitchen stuff and learn recipes that are easy to make in the limited environment of campsites. Pack the necessary ingredients. Make sure you will have enough food for 3 main meals and 1-2 snacks per person every day. If you want to learn more about cooking while camping, you can head on over to our Camping Recipes and Camping Food Ideas articles.
6. Pack the Optional Stuff
If you have kids, pack extra snacks, toys and books. You can bring a ball and a frisbee to play with while camping. Then, pack stuff that will enhance your camping experience, like hammocks, sunscreen, cots, binoculars, instruments and so on.
7. Double-Check Everything
Camping requires a huge preparation phase, so it is really easy to forget something essential. After you prepared everything we mentioned above, double-check everything to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything important. Medication, weather, essential gear and food are the most important ones.
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