Camping is a nice activity to do during summer. Planning your camping trip starts from the desire to get outdoors and getting away from it all. Preparing ahead of your schedule is encouraged to make your life easier once you are already near with it. You may think it’s easier said than done. But actually it is really that simple! Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced one, these four steps will help you plan to prepare for your next adventure while being with nature.
What’s Important In Your Camping Experience?
Try asking yourself, “What exactly do I want to do?” It will influence your decisions about where you should go and what to look in a campsite. It may include activities like hiking, rafting, or biking. Do you have RV or tent? Try looking for sites what have access to your favorite activities. Travelling with family or with friends can make it even more worthwhile so try looking if there are some kid-friendly spots nearby. You may want to think about that not all places have electricity, running water and toilets. So planning is crucial.
Reserve Your Campsite
You should set aside the time to hunt for the perfect place to camp. You can try asking friends about good places or calling your target campground directly to ask and clarify some inquiries. That can also be a perfect chance for reservations if you’re already satisfied with what you’ve chosen. Try booking in advanced especially during the busier months of the year. Have some online recon to know the best routes to go there.
Plan Your Menu
Planning the menu and what to bring can be daunting most of the time. But preparing the ingredients is actually not as difficult as it may seem. You can cook anything you want for as long as you have the proper tools and the proper storage. Yes, that includes pastas and steaks. Days prior to your trip, try chopping fruits and vegetable and slicing meat already at your house. Store them at small containers. As for the meat, place it in cooled containers. It’s no big deal to bring many spices with you. After all they’re just easy to bring so try bringing in as many as you can. If ice is less than limited, try serving the most perishable ones during the first days of your camping. Consider trying to bring lots of ice for cold storage. Bring fire starters and some of your most important utensils for cooking.
Pack Your Gear
Create a checklist so that you will not leave any important items behind. Your tent must me in perfect shape. Try checking if it is packed properly. Try counting the poles. Consider numbering them for the assembly to be easier. Then, imagine the sleeping situation. Decide how many sleeping bags, pillows and camping mats are needed for the trip. Lastly, don’t forget first aid and toiletries. The most basic ones like toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and napkins. Garbage bags are crucial as well for proper waste disposal and to enforce Leave No Trace policy.