If you’ve never been camping before – the idea of it all might seem appealing, but also a bit daunting…
Where do you start? What do you need to take with you? What if you don’t have the right gear… A lot of these types of questions may pop into your head.
The key is to plan ahead – with a bit of preparation and planning, you should be well-equipped to enjoy your first camping trip!
What Type Of Camping Trip Will It Be?
First of all you need to decide what type of camping trip you’re going on.
- Will you be alone or with family?
- Will you be going with friends?
- If so, are any of them experienced in camping?
- If you are going to have some experienced campers (they don’t have to be experts, but they may have been on a few camping trips before) – then they could lead the way in terms of planning.
Next, you need to decide on where you will be going.
I would suggest not venturing too far out for you first attempt and I would also suggest a dedicated campsite – these will have staff on hand to help you if you need any… very useful if you’re a bit confused or not sure what to do in a certain situation.
The other thing you need to decide on is when you will be going, as depending on the time of year, you will need different items in you kit list.
What Will You Need
There is a basic list of items that you will tend to need, regardless, of when or where you are going.
This then needs to be added to, depending on the time of year and location.
You can find a detailed list of what items are required for camping in this post:
Booking The Campsite
The campsite should be booked well in advance, otherwise they may get booked up – especially if it’s peak season.
A few campsites don’t allow camping by individuals and only allow youth groups such as Scouts or Girl Guides, but the majority do allow private camping.
The UK Camp Site is a great directory of UK and international campsites and would be a good place to find campsites local to you.
Once the campsite has been booked, you will need to start getting your kit list together and buy any items that you don’t have and will need.
You should also decide on the camp menu and buy the ingredients that you will need for this.
Eating at camp is one of the most fun parts of it…
Have a look at this post on cooking at camp – it will give you plenty of ideas on what sort of things you can rustle up and also what type of cooking equipment and utensils you will need:
It would be a good idea to make a progamme of what you want to do at camp on each day.
Many campsites will have activities that can be booked – be sure to look into these when booking the campsite.
Choose a campsite that has activities that you want to do and book these at the time of booking the campsite or soon after, as they can get booked up very quickly.
It maybe that you want to do nothing… and that’s fine, but at least have that in your mind.
My suggestion would be to mix it up a bit – don’t overbook your day, you could book 1-2 activities/day and then allow some time for just doing nothing and relaxing – perhaps with a book.
Remember also that cooking will take some time, especially if you’re cooking on an open fire…
You may want to take a portable stove with you and that would make things easier and quicker and I would actually recommend that, even if it’s only as a backup option… but try to cook at least once on an open fire – it’s great fun – finding the right types of wood, building it, starting the fire and cooking on it… however, it can take a few hours to do all of that.
If you do decide to build a campfire, then this post on what types of wood you need for a campfire will be useful:
Camping is massive fun – there’s nothing quite like getting away from the hustle and bustle of every day life and spending time at one with nature…
But you have to be prepared – if you’re not, what should be a new and exciting experience can quickly turn into nightmare… but if you are, I guarantee that you will love it and that you’ll be returning for more and more…
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found it useful.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.