10 Camping Tips For Beginners

Are you new to camping and don’t know where to start? Or, has it been a long time since you pitched a tent or set up an RV? You are not alone! 

After taking my four kids out tent camping alone last summer, I’ve created this useful list of camping tips for beginners to help YOU be successful on your next trip.

First, I’ll dive into simple camping advice for beginners that will make your life easier. Then I’ll share some specific tent camping tips. Lastly, I’ll share a list of first-time camping essentials.

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Camping Tips For Beginners

If you’re camping for the first time, you should read up on these camping tips for beginners and follow them. Camping can be a lot of fun but beginners need to do a little research first.

1. Print Out Beginner Camper Checklist

Prepare camping checklists long before the trip. It’s easy to forget camping essentials when camping near your home, let alone on a faraway camping trip! Print out this camping checklist to help you be prepared. Or, continue reading to learn how to be prepared.

2. Begin By Camping Nearby

If camping for the first time, start camping nearby so you can learn before attempting camping in a remote location. That way if it rains or you want to end your trip a day earlier than expected, it won’t take long to get home.

You may even want to consider camping at a campground with a bathroom and shower for your first experience camping in a tent. This can help you feel more confident about where you are setting up a tent and you’ll have other campers around if you need to ask a question or two. 

Finding a National Park or State Park campground close to home might be perfect for your first time out camping.

3. Bring A Buddy Or Your Family

It’s way more fun camping with a friend or loved one. They can help you carry equipment, pitch the tent, set up the fire pit, – not to mention it would be lonely camping by yourself!

If camping with friends or family, make camping night plans together so you’re camping in an area that’s great for everyone. Such as camping in National Parks.

4. Pack lots of Snacks

Bring snacks and easy-to-make foods so you don’t have to bother with cooking much during your camping trip.

5. Consider Borrowing Camping Gear Your First Time

To avoid the investment and hassle of purchasing all of the camping supplies you’ll need your first time out, consider borrowing camping equipment from a friend before camping for your first time.

6. Find Level Ground

Pitch your tent on flat ground so you don’t get stuck camping in mud and water.

7. Bring Extra Sleeping Bags or Blankets

Make sure to bring enough sleeping bags and consider an extra blanket if it’s cold outside so you can sleep comfortably at night.

8. Bring A Flashlight. 

Bring a camping flashlight for nighttime so you don’t trip over anything and hurt yourself.

9. Avoid camping during the hottest or coldest days.

If it’s your first time camping, you don’t want to challenge yourself too much where you may walk away feeling like your campaign experience wasn’t fun at all. That’s what could happen if it’s too hot or too cold during your first camping trip. 

10. Bring Extra Drinking Water

Water is a camping essential that’s often forgotten. You need water to drink, wash up, and cook with. So I recommend camping near a water source such as a lake or stream so you can easily get drinking water throughout your camping trip. Just be sure to bring a water filter along. 

Or, camp at a National Forest or State Park campground with potable water available.

Tent Camping For Beginners Tips and Tricks

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If you’re brand new to tent camping, then consider booking a campsite at a state park campground, National Park campground, or a local private campground such as a KOA. This will usually provide you with access to public bathrooms and a designated campsite when you arrive. 

Next, be sure to arrive at your campsite with plenty of daylight remaining. This way you’ll have great lighting to set up your tent. Eat a quick snack before diving into this big project, so that you have the patience and energy needed. If you have kids helping you, give them the simple job of finding all the tent poles and laying them out for you. 

Be sure to set up your tent on the tent pad provided by the campsite, or find level ground if they don’t provide you with a tent pad. Also, make sure there’s enough space between the tent and where you plan to do your cooking. You don’t want to have your tent catching on fire.

First Time Camping Essentials and Camping Gear

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In order to make your first few times out camping a success, you’ll want to have the right beginner camping gear to get started. These can be borrowed, used gear, or newly purchased items

The first time camping essentials for beginners are:

Tent
Sleeping bag
Camp stove
Camping table
Cookware
Camping lanterns and flashlights
Camp chairs
First Aid Kit
Sleeping Pad
Food storage container
Flashlight

If you want to read a more detailed post with a list of the best camping accessories then click here.

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