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Camping for Beginners

When going on your first camping trip there is so much excitement and nerves built up! Just to be able to go into the wilderness for the weekend and explore and have no responsibilities. Whether you’re 15 or 30, your first camping trip is one that you’ll never forget. Maybe because it will be the best trip of your life, or a complete epic fail, but you’ll never forget! I’ve had my share of both and no matter what I love every single one of them. There is no other feeling like being in the middle of the woods and just having the overwhelming feeling of peace and happiness. Unless you’re in a Friday The 13th movie, then you better run…. But in this blog, I’m going to try to help make your first Camping trip a success with some tips that I would have liked to know on my first trip.

1. Dealing with the bugs is the main downfall to camping. Especially the Mosquitoes, but there are some tips to help. If you’re like me you can’t stand Bug spray. The smell, how it makes you feel sticky and icky, so I go to other alternatives such as Citronella candles. Citronella is an odor that Mosquitoes naturally don’t like so it drives them away.

2. If you’re planning a summer trip be sure to have sunscreen. Surprisingly many people assume that because you’re usually surrounded by woods that you won’t need it. Yeah defiantly not the case, be sure to have 1 or 2 bottles as you’ll probably go swimming or be outside hiking most of the time.

3. Shoes! Man, this is where I went completely wrong on one of my lasts trips, and I have been on plenty of camping trips and yet there I went only with flip flops and my boots, and no not hiking boots my full on going to go feed the cattle and ride Sunshine to town, Cowboy Boots… When camping, always remember Comfortable walking shoes. This is a must as if you are going to go on hikes or just around the camp.

4. Clothing, be smart check the weather forecast for where you are going and plan accordingly. Don’t just take basketball shorts and t-shirts and call it good. As well, it’s usually a promising idea to bring hats and tall socks to help with the sun and chiggers.

5. Location, it’s important to find the best camping location for your group. After you have picked a suitable location study it, know where the bathroom is to your campsite, if they have problems with bears, snake’s, if there is a burn ban at the park things like that. You always want to know all you can about the park you decided on.

6. Knowing your gear is a huge point. Always give all your gear a test run before you get to your destination. You don’t want to show up and some of the gear is broken or you have no idea what to do with it. Do a quick test drive and be prepared.

7. Plan. Plan. Plan your meals! Know what you’re eating every meal for the entirety of the trip. Even if it is just as basic as ham and cheese have it in a checklist and buy the items ahead of time. Be sure to have everything you’ll need to cook and store food properly. Items like plates, bowls, utensils, baggies, napkins, foil, containers and so on.
8. For first time campers finding the right sized tent can be more of a struggle than you would think. Tents are designed for campers using sleeping bags and that is how companies determine how many people can fit into one. Example a 4-person tent can fit 2 twin air mattresses with almost no room for anything else. So, when shopping thinks about what you will be sleeping on and how many people. PS check out the Instant tents! Best tents I’ve ever had!
There is still so much more to list, but then we are talking about like a 6-page blog… so, I figured I’d keep it a little simpler. Below I’m going to have like a checklist of things to watch out for and to remember just to help you a little more.

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Things to remember
1. Comfy Shoes
2. Bug Spray
3. Hats
4. Sunblock
5. Weather appropriate attire
6. Tent’s
7. Sleeping Bag’s
8. Blankets/Pillows
9. Air Mattresses (if desired)
10. Extra clothing
11. Flashlight/Lantern
12. Ice
13. Ice chest
14. Waters
15. Batteries
16. String lights (if desired)
17. Iron Skillet
18. Fans
19. Rope
20. Extension cords
21. Chargers
22. Tarps
23. Firewood
24. Lighter/Firestarter
25. Knifes
26. Compass
27. Emergency Whistle

Most campsites will have running water unless you pick one without, so take some fun things with you like Water Guns and Water Balloons. Take your bikes for the trails and some board games, during downtime you could always play a round of Monopoly. Camping is absolutely one of my most favorite things to do, though I don’t get to go as often as I wish I could it is a life-altering event every single time I go. Anytime I come home from a trip I’m refreshed, relaxed and ready to be completely stressed out by life again. Just remember, when your camping you’re in natures house, so be respectful and take care of our environment, clean your campsite and leave it better than how you found it.

Written by Kolby Priebe
Ideal Camping Gear

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