For the past months, I’ve received inquiries from my friends and readers on how to go camping when it’s their first time. So to answer their questions, I decided to create this article – Camping Guide For Beginners.
Camping Guide For Beginners
If you love the outdoors, you might have always wanted to go camping but don’t know where to start, what to do and how to go about camping. Don’t worry, this ‘Camping Guide For Beginners’ article is just for you.
What You Should Know On Your First Camping Experience
As a beginner, the ultimate essential for you is an experienced camper to help you. Check your friends list, you might know someone who loves to go camping. If you’re lucky, you can invite this person to your first camp out or borrow camping gears from him or her.
However, if you’re going to camp on your own, you just need to equip yourself with a few camping essentials and find a good camping spot. For your first time, keep these tips in mind as a camping guide for beginners like you.
- Save some money by borrowing camping gears or renting some before finally deciding on buying your own.
- Check the weather, research your campsite and pack the right clothes.
- Bring enough food. Don’t camp on an empty stomach.
- Make a list of the gears you plan to take so you won’t forget anything.
- Try camping on your backyard to get a feel of how it’s like to camp.
- Plan your meals to save time and hassle.
- Lastly, always follow the Seven Leave No Trace Principles.
What To Bring: Camping Essentials
Here are a few things to bring when you are now ready to go camping.
Of course, you can’t go camping without a tent. You can either borrow one or buy your own. If you do decide to buy, make sure to get a bigger tent. A three-person tent will provide you with enough space to keep your stuff and give you extra breathing room.
Also, choose a waterproof and 4-season tent so you can use it no matter what the weather is. Don’t forget to practice setting up your tent at home so you won’t have a hard time when you go camping. This will also allow you to address any faults your tent may have.
Select a 3-season sleeping bag so you’re prepared when you experience an unpredictable weather. Check the temperature rating of the bag since most nights are chilly.
Most campsites don’t have lighting so you better bring one with you. A flashlight will do fine, but headlamps help keep your hands free for camp tasks. Make sure that the battery is charged before going out or you can just bring some spare batteries.
Since camping is mostly about roughing it out, be prepared to cook your own food. Having a propane camp stove will help you with that. Bring enough fuel canisters and don’t forget your lighter or matches. Try to fire it up once when you’re at home and see to it that you know how it works.
When you are going camping, chances are you won’t find any source of drinking water in your campsite. Plus, if you have to hike to get there, you’ll definitely need water. Consider the duration of your hike, and how long you’ll be staying when estimating how much water you will need.
Other optional camping essentials are camp chairs, folding table, multi-tool, camp pillows, and sleeping pads.
What To Wear When Camping
It’s no secret that when you go camping, you have to be prepared to get dirt on your clothes. There are times when you have to go on a long hike so wear the right trekking clothes. See to it that they are durable and breathable.
When camping, don’t wear any cotton. It absorbs a lot of water and is uncomfortable to wear especially in cold weather. Before you go camping, research the campsite and bring appropriate clothes. You have to keep in mind that no matter how warm the weather is during the daytime, the temperature drops at night.
Where to Camp
- Baguio City
- Masasa, Tingloy, Batangas
- Manuel Uy, Calatagan, Batangas
- Batangas Beach Camping
- Hundred Islands, Pangasinan
- Kiltepan Peak, Sagada
- Pandin Lake, San Pablo, Laguna
- Talay, Hulugan and Hidden Falls, Luisiana
- Mt. Kalugong, La Trinidad, Benguet
- Mt Maculot, Batangas
- Mt. Pulag, Benguet
- La Veryol’s Glamping, Tagaytay