What you need to know to get started, from packing your gear to planning your site.
Camping is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature. But if you're new to it, it can be a bit daunting. Here's a beginner's guide to help you get started.
1. Choose the right campsite.
When choosing a campsite, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, consider your skill level. If you're a beginner, you'll want to choose a campsite that has amenities, such as flush toilets and showers. As you gain experience, you can move on to more primitive campsites.
Second, consider the location. Do you want to be near a lake or river? In a forest or on a beach? Once you've chosen a general location, you can start narrowing down your options. Keep in mind that each location comes with its own set of challenges. Sand, lack of firewood, lack of tree coverage, etc.
2. Pack the right gear.
The essentials for camping change depending on who you ask. I’ve been known to sleep a night or two in a hammock. However most of us agree that a comfortable night of sleep includes a shelter/tent, sleeping bag, backpack, stove, food, water, first aid kit, and a few other essentials.
3. Be prepared for anything.
The weather can change quickly in the outdoors, so it's important to be prepared for anything. Bring layers of clothing, rain gear, and sunscreen. I am a firm believer in “being prepared” and that includes emergency blankets, paracord, water filter straws, quikclot, and extra pairs of socks. You only need to need it once, for it to be worth it.
4. Respect wildlife.
Never feed or approach wild animals. They may be cute, but they can also be dangerous. I’ve seen a buffalo charge up close and my heart has never dropped faster.
5. Leave no trace.
This means packing out all of your trash, disposing of human waste properly, and respecting the natural environment. This one really grinds my gears. Don’t be this guy.
Camping is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature. We challenge you to have a vehicle adventure this month, it’s good for your physical and mental health!