Camping for the First Time? We’ve got You Covered

Camping for the First Time? We’ve got You Covered

Whether you’ve been cooped up too long due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic or you just want to try something new this year, there is never a “bad” time to give camping a try! There are so many benefits to both your physical and mental health, and it’s a great way to bond with friends and family while enjoying the great outdoors!

But, if you’ve never given camping a try before, there are some tips you should keep in mind to make the experience easier on yourself. Let’s take a look at a few beginner suggestions to make the trip memorable from the start.

Pack the Right Gear

While you might be tempted to go out and buy the latest and greatest in camping gear, there’s really no need to do so (and you’ll probably look like you’re trying too hard). The most important thing to focus on when it comes to the right gear is choosing the right tent.

That doesn’t mean you need a fancy, expensive tent. Rather, you should choose one that’s easy for you to set up, and one that will protect you from inclement weather. You should also choose a tent that’s a little larger than what you might think you need. For example, if you’re the only one camping, it’s okay to choose a tent that fits two or three people. The more comfortable you are, the more likely it will be for you to continue camping in the future.

It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with your gear at home before you camp for the first time. You don’t want to be stuck outside trying to figure out how things work when you need them the most.

Make a Checklist

Even if you’re not a “list” person, the first few times you go camping, you should absolutely have a checklist on hand.

Write down everything you need to remember to bring. You might think you already know, but it’s so easy to forget something very small (yet very important!). With a quick search online, you can find pre-made camping checklists, or you can decide to make your own.

Eventually, camping itself will become second nature and you won’t need the lists. But, there’s no shame in creating one when you’re starting out.

Don’t Travel Too Far

You might think one of the great things about camping is that you can travel somewhere far away and enjoy nature from anywhere.

That’s true, and we absolutely encourage you to camp all over the country. But, for your first time, it’s a good idea to stay closer to home. Check out a local campground or somewhere less than an hour away.


First, you may start to think after one night on the ground that camping isn’t for you, and you’ll want to go home. Or, maybe you underestimated the supplies you would need, and you’ll run out after a day. No matter the reason, the last thing you want is to feel “stuck” far from home when you’re having a less-than-ideal experience.

For some people, camping becomes an instant love affair. For others, it takes time to get used to it. Whatever the case, if you’re giving camping a try for the first time, don’t forget to keep some of these tips in mind as you prepare. Happy trails!

Apr 27th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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