Enjoy the thrill of living under the stars without the modern conveniences of home by taking your first camping trip. The trepidation of going on your first camping trip will be eliminated if the proper items are gathered prior to leaving on the expedition. Plan the camping trip in advance so all items may be gathered prior to leaving home.
Most first time campers find tent camping to be the most economical. A small pup tent, whether it is the typical ‘V’ tent or a dome tent, provides an adequate area for sleeping. Bring along a hammer or mallet to pound the tent stakes into the ground. The tent keeps out the elements and the pesky bugs and misquotes. Equip your tent with a sleeping bag or several blankets to make a bed. Do not forget to bring your pillow.
Many campers enjoy having a campfire. Camping facilities have different ways of providing wood for the campfires. The wood is found in the surrounding wooded area, purchased at the main office or brought in by the campers. Make sure to check with the park office prior to leaving on a camping trip so wood may be brought along if necessary. Campfires are not always allowed in areas due to burning bands and weather conditions. It is best to check with the park official to see if fires are allowed even if there is a fire-ring at the campsite.
Stock the cooler with cold items such as drinks, meat, cheese, eggs and other cooking items. Keep a sharp eye on the ice to make sure the cooler stays cold so the food does not spoil. Make sure to bring along non-perishable items to complete the meals in a safe container so they will not get squashed or broken.
Cooking utensils such as a grill, grill grate, cast iron pots and pans or enamelware must be brought into the campsite. Some campsites have large grills but are sometimes too large for first time campers. Make sure to bring along a spatula, hot pads, aluminum foil, sharp knife, dish soap, washing tub, dishtowel, salt, pepper and any other cooking spices desired.
Plates, silverware and possibly bowls are needed to eat each meal. Paper plates and plastic silverware are just as good, if not better than plates and silverware from home. The campsites have garbage cans placed throughout for disposal of paper products.
Other miscellaneous items needed for a camping trip include garbage bags, flash light, bug repellent, sunscreen and first add kit. Optional items include a tarp for under the tent, radio or music player, lawn chairs, tablecloth, napkins, books and outdoor games.
Pack your clothing according to the weather and planned activities. Always take along a coat, sweater or sweatshirt to wear at night. The temperature always seems to cool after sundown.