If you are new to camping, the following tips for the beginner camper can be a tremendous help to creating an enjoyable experience. Camping gets easier and more enjoyable when you are more prepared. These camping tips will help you go from a "beginner" to an "advanced" camper in no time.
Tip #1 - Know the people you are camping with and the amenities that they require, even if it is only for a few days. Do you need a swimming pool, electricity, hot shower and flushing toilets or can you survive with an outhouse and no running water? If you have children, consider their needs as well. Then find a campsite that fits those needs.
Tip #2 - Camp with someone who has camped before. You will learn something new every time. Eventually they will also learn something from you. Ask a lot of questions (How did you start that fire? How do you keep the tablecloth down?).
Tip #3 - Begin planning early for your camping trip. Many popular locations are reserved months in advance. You do not want to leave this to chance. I recommend starting out close to your home as well. Try to arrive at the campsite before it gets dark so you can get all of your gear organized.
Tip #5 - Use a camping checklist when packing your supplies. During your camping trip, add those things that you wish you had to your checklist for next time. Contact the campsite to help with this as well - do you need a grill or barbecue, can you have a fire, is there a picnic table?
Tip #6 - Pack appropriate clothing and footwear. Check the weather before you leave so you know how hot or cold it will be at night. Will you need any rain gear? What activities will you do during the day? Don't wear flip flops if you are going to hike Half Dome in Yosemite.
Tip #7 -Bring food that is easy to prepare and serve. Know how you will cook the food. Do you have charcoal, propane or firewood? Matches, lighter fluid, etc. (see checklist again)
Tip #9 - Leave your campsite clean. There should be no sign that you were even there. The next group camping there will appreciate it, the same way you would.
Tip #10 - Remember why you are there - to enjoy the outdoors and each other! Don't let a couple of little things spoil your fun.
Jeff Beckman has 30 year of casual camping experience, going back to early childhood. The camping experience changes throughout your life and is enjoyable in every stage. Jeff currently has three young children and is enjoying the outdoors with them. Visit his web site at http://www.youcancamp.com
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