It is essential that you start to get prepared to go camping as early as possible if planning a trip to the great outdoors. Never leave the organizing to the last minute, as if you were to do so, you may find that you do not have all the necessary equipment for the experience to be enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons.
Apart from choosing a date and location, preparing a list of the items you will need to take with you is vital. Unfortunately, many campers forget basic equipment with the result that the trip is curtailed dramatically. The following suggestions should be taken on any visit to national park or wilderness area.
At the top of your list should be a tent. Do not buy any old tent, you need to select a design that can provide adequate shelter considering the prevailing climate of the location you are heading to. Tents come in all shapes and sizes. Think about whether you would like a pop up variety, or one that would take longer to pitch. If you have never used the tent before, it can be worthwhile putting it up in your backyard to ensure you understand exactly how it is done. You would not want to have to struggle with a confusing array of poles and ropes in the middle of nowhere when it’s getting dark and storm clouds are on the horizon.
Think carefully about the sleeping bag you will use. There are options available that would keep you snug and warm when the temperature is below freezing outside, but these may not be so useful if you were planning a trip in the summer.
You should never head off on a wilderness experience without carrying with you an adequate first aid kit. This should include bandages, antiseptic cream, antibiotics, painkillers, and any medication you need to take on a regular basis. You can buy first aid kits that are designed for campers, or put together your own.
The fun and excitement would not last long if you become thirsty and have no water. It is important to be aware of whether or not any water sources are available in the vicinity of the campground. If there are not, you will then need to carry with you enough water for the duration of your stay. If you are to use local water, you should ensure you have a way of purifying. Iodine tablets and boiling can make most water drinkable.
Food is another important consideration. You should pack non-perishable food that would provide the right amount of calories and energy for the number of days you will be under canvas. If you are planning to cook food, be certain you have a working stove and enough fuel. It is also useful to think of ways to prevent predators from stealing your food when you are not around.
A trip to the great outdoors will soon become miserable if you are not adequately dressed. Always carry waterproof clothing just in case you get caught in the rain. This includes shoes or boots that will not easily become saturated.