You’re in good company if you’ve been experiencing serious FOMO after perusing Instagram posts from your friends’ camping excursions but need help figuring out how to get started arranging your own. When you’re a first-time tent camper, the experience may be daunting.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of things you should know before going on your first tent camping trip to help you plan and prepare. These suggestions can help you transition smoothly from backyard to backcountry camping.
Gather The Essentials Of Camping Gear
A travellers camping tent are required for safety and comfort. Especially while hiking, where every ounce matters, you should think carefully about the size and weight of the tent you bring.
The same goes for your sleeping bag; pick one that is appropriate for the time of year. For a late fall camping trip, a heavy-duty sleeping bag is preferable when the temperatures are anticipated to drop at night. In contrast, a lightweight sleeping bag is ideal for a summer camping trip when the temperatures are in the 80s.
Rent, Borrow, Or Buy Used Stuff
There’s no need to go out and buy brand-new equipment just now if you’re starting camping and paddling and want to test the waters first. Search online to find local outdoor stores that rent equipment.
Another option is to borrow equipment from a buddy who shares your love of the great outdoors. You might also visit a yard sale or internet marketplace to pick up a used tent or kayak for cheap. It’s healthier for the planet, and you don’t need to beat yourself up if you can’t take frequent vacations.
Practice Setting Up A New Tent Before Your Vacation
If you buy or borrow a tent you haven’t used before, ensure you get plenty of experience setting it up at home beforehand. Only attempt to pitch a tent for the first time in the dark after familiarizing yourself with how everything works before you leave.
Make Reservations Early
Since being off the grid has become trendy, national parks and campsites have experienced an increase in visitors. If you want to ensure you get all the planned activities on your vacation, reserve your campground, entrance permits, fishing licenses, and anything else that may require preparation well in advance of your trip.
Get Ready For Bad Weather
I completely understand how disheartening it is to see rain on the forecast for a camping vacation, including a tent. However, by being well-prepared, you may lessen the likelihood of having your trip ruined by storms. Spread out a tarp before pitching your tent. As a result, you’ll have a more effective barrier between your tent and the ground, keeping any water out.
Remember to tuck the tarp beneath the tent after it’s up. All the protruding areas of the tarp will be protected from getting soaked in the case of rain. As a side note, many tents have a rain flap that may be attached in the event of inclement weather.