Going camping can be one of the most rewarding and relaxing trips you can go on. It gives you a chance to unwind and get in touch with nature. You probably need to work harder than many other vacation options, but many think it is worth the effort for the rewards of fresh air, great scenery, fun activities, quality time with friends and family and all at what can be an affordable price. The key is being properly prepared before you go, to remove any of the unnecessary stress that can happen if you are unprepared.

Here are some camping tips and tricks to get you started

A successful camping trip doesn’t happen just by itself. There are few things you need to do to be able to have one.
Planning your getaway in advance helps you to be prepared. You can check out the best locations online, checking forums and asking experienced campers for their opinions.  You can have your route and what you want to visit all sorted before you start your vacation. It gives you the opportunity to reserve your campsite, with many campgrounds allowing you to reserve your spot when you make your booking.

Prepare yourself or find a checklist of things to take and do so you don’t forget anything and find yourself miles from the nearest store and you’ve forgotten to bring along the sleeping bags , portable water heaters or some other essential item. There is nothing more frustrating than getting to your campsite and realizing you’ve left the tent bags at home. So, check through that list!

If you have a new tent put it up in the backyard, so you can work through the instructions in a calm way without the stress of watching eyes or other environmental factors. It also gives you a chance to ask questions and check if there is anything missing.

Also, if you aren’t sure if you are going to be camping more than once, you can now rent camping gear. The range and type of goods available are not as vast as when you buy, but it is more than adequate if you want to test out camping before fully committing. If you have friends who camp, you may also be able to borrow some of their equipment.

Arrive early at your campsite. This gives you plenty of time to get set up and settle into your camp. It isn’t great when you arrive and its already dark and you try to set up your tent and also want to cook something to eat. Also, when you get there you might determine that the spot you picked out, isn’t as good as you thought, so you might have the opportunity to change it.

Cooking camp meals can be one of the highlights of any camping trip, but it also can be one of the most annoying things too. Plan out your meals and go for easy camp recipes to make them as quick and easy. You can also get your initial meals partially prepared at home before you set off on your journey. And don’t forget to bring the matches, unless you want to practice your survival skills. Don’t forget the tin foil, you can cook up some meals hobo style using the embers of your fire.

Be sure to tidy up your mess, so you leave the site in as good as condition as you can. Bring plenty of trash bags and use bio-degradable soaps etc to minimize the damage to the environment. Be sure to wash downstream or away from where you are going to be drawing your drinking water, so it doesn’t get contaminated.

Safety is an important consideration when camping. A fire extinguisher or other way of putting a fire out is important to have when you are using a naked flame for light, heat or cooking. A first aid kit is another important item and knowing how to give first aid can help recovery if there are any small injuries or otherwise. Not really a safety item, but kind of related, is insect repellent for keeping them away and if they do bite take something for treating the bites to relieve the itching.

Here are few quick tips that can help you on your next camping trip:

For those nights spent around the campfire or generally relaxing take some comfortable chairs with you. Take some duct tape for any running repairs you might need to take including rips to your tent. Take a tent that sleeps one more person that is in your party to allow for a more comfortable night. Have a few activities planned in advance to keep everyone engaged and to avoid having to think things up on the spot. Take an air mattress with you or a hammock if you don’t like the idea of sleeping on the ground, your back will thank you for it. When it comes to leaving, try to pack away your tent and other gear when it is dry, to avoid mildew. If you can’t manage that, be sure to dry it out as soon as you can. Although camping can be about getting back to nature and “roughing it” it is important to be prepared to make the most of the experience and avoid any unnecessary problems. Hopefully, you have found these camping tips for beginners presented here useful and they’ll make your next camping trip more successful and enjoyable. Take care and you’ll have a vacation that you can remember for all the right reasons.