If you are new to camping, beginning the journey can seem like a scary endeavor. But it doesn’t have to be. With a bit of research, investing in some gear and starting out small, these camping tips can help you be well on your way to being an awesome camper.
Start small and plan a one or two night car camping trip to your local state park campground. This way you have controlled your setting and will be undoubtedly be around other people who may be willing to lend you a hand in case setting up your tent starts to feel more like a game of Jenga. To get started on planning your next adventure, here are 5 camping tips to get you on your way.
Don’t Skimp on Gear
The most important thing is that you don’t skimp on your gear that you are deciding to buy. Don’t go for the cheaper option just to save a few dollars. People often say that you get what you pay for and this is particularly true with a lot of camping gear, especially tents. If you did decide to go with the cheaper option, it would more likely be prone to leakage and made from poorer quality materials. This can often cost you more to fix in the future and will cause you more hassle. Go for a tent brand like a Coleman or CORE Equipment where you are guaranteed a better quality product that is going to last you a long time!
Maintain your Equipment
With all camping gear it is likely to take some punishment after many uses you it is very important that you maintain your equipment to give it the best amount of longevity as possible. For example, tents are prone to leakage usually on the seams that join the materials together. This is because some companies apply a waterproofing coating to the materials before they are sown together and that same coating isn’t reapplied to the seams after, this sometimes causes leakage. The easy and simple solution to this is to buy some silicon spray, you should simply apply this spray to both the inside and outside of each of the seams to make them fully waterproof for that upcoming thunderstorm!
Another common issue with tents is the zipper on the door becoming damaged. This is often because of poor manoeuvrability, an easy solution to this is to rub a bar of soap along the exposed teeth of the zipper to make it more lubricated. This works because soap is made from mostly wax with acts brilliantly as a lubricant.
Buy a Lantern
When people go camping they often don’t consider buying a lantern instead, instead they may use flashlights. While I think bringing flashlights is a good idea, I think having a lantern will allow you to illuminate a large area 360 degrees which simply a flashlight cannot do. Lanterns are the perfect choice to hang in the top middle of a tent. A lantern with a light source of 300 lumens would be ideal for any sized tent or any large area.
Choose a Tent that Suits Your Needs
A tent is the most important aspect for any camper, so you should think wisely about your decision. For example, if you are in a climate that is warmer but also has the possibility of rain choosing a tent made from a canvas material would be an excellent choice. Canvas offers breathability that the typical polyester just can’t match, it also offers waterproofing if and when needed.
Another example would be if you like a lot of space it would be a good decision to go with a cabin tent. Cabin tents are more upright and offer more space and real estate inside to move around in. Of course a cabin tent is not ideal for everyone, if you are a hiker camping in more exposed areas having a dome style tent would be a better decision as they are more structurally sound when dealing with stronger winds. When you find one of the best tents to suit your needs your camping experience is going to be so much better!
Bring Bug Spray
While bringing bug spray may not be necessary for every camper, if you are camping in the warmer months it would definitely be a wise decision to bring some with you. I can’t recall how many times I have went camping and forget to bring some with me and it came back to bite me in the ass quite literally! The same can be said for sun screen, it’s a good idea to bring some with you on your next expedition!
Camping, buying tents, going on adventures is a learned skill. The more you do it, the better you will get at it and hopefully these camping tips will help get you on your way. You will learn what works well for you and what doesn’t. With some practice and some decent gear you will be on your way to enjoyable camping before you know it.
*This post was written by third party writer David Grey. All photos in this post are used under creative commons license and appropriate attribution has been given to each photographer.