So, you’ve decided to go on your very first camping trip. Whether you’re going with friends or family, camping is a fun activity and also a really cheap way to have a vacation that you’ll always remember. Camping is seen by many as a way of having an adventure, and being able to explore the great outdoors and admire the wonders of nature. Camping trips can also be a great way to bond with your friends whilst having a few drinks and telling stories around the camp fire. In order to help you best prepare for your first camping trip, we’ve put together a list of things that you’ll need to do before you do.
Accidents can happen wherever you go, and camping is certainly not exempt. A basic first aid kit is essential on any camping trip, and it should at least contain band aids, dressings, antiseptic cream or wipes, and saline solution. If you’re going to a designated campsite with staff there will probably be a first aid kit available, however it’s best not to risk it and take your own just in case. You may also find it a good idea to learn some basic first aid skills – especially if there’s nobody in your group who knows first aid, plus it’s a great skill to have in any situation even if you don’t use it on the camping trip.
What to Take
You’ve already got the basics covered – a tent, groundsheet, and sleeping bag – but what else should you take? Spare tent pegs, a KRUDO Knives pen knife or combination knife tool, rucksacks, long lasting high energy snacks, bottled water, warm clothing, hats, scarves, gloves, a portable charger for smartphones, a flashlight, an extra blanket, and as many thick socks as you can find are some of the essentials that we can think of. Of course every camping trip is different so you may need to take some things that we haven’t listed, but it’s a good start.
What Food to Take
You’ll need to buy a cooler for any food that needs it if possible, and if you’re buying perishable food, make sure that you get items that have the furthest away sell by date. Even when kept in a cooler it’s probably best to eat any meat items as soon as possible, as if you leave them for too long you run the risk of them going bad and making you ill. A good option regarding food when camping is to only take unperishable foods with you, and find a campsite close by to a grocery store or shop where you’ll be able to purchase any perishable foodstuffs as and when you need them. Some campsites have restaurants, so check first so you’ve got a good idea of how much food you’ll need to bring.
How did you prepare for your first ever camping trip? Was there anything that you didn’t take along, but wished you had? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.