How To Go Camping
Learning how to go camping is a fun process that requires your getting outdoors. You will need to bring certain supplies, and be prepared for the elements, and then you can have a complete camping trip. Preparation is just as important as other aspects of the actual trip, as your being prepared in advance means that you are ready to go on site, when you get there. Following is some advice on how to go camping.
How to Go Camping
- First, find out where you want to go camping. There are many designated areas, such as campgrounds, and many other areas which are more secluded, but allow camping, such as beside public lakes and rivers. Find a nice place to camp, whether it is in public or in a secluded area in which you are allowed to camp.
- Note the time of year and expected weather, and pack accordingly. Packing for camping is one of the most important steps in the entire process. Make a checklist, based on the season and location of your camping trip, and make sure that you have all of its supplies.
- If going in summer, pack a big backpack with clothes, bug spray, sun block, food and water, matches, a sleeping bag, and be sure to bring a hat and sunglasses. Bring rain gear, and a tent with a rain flap if there is any chance of rain. If going camping in the colder moths, bring warm clothing and appropriate supplies. Once you have made sure that you have all of the gear for your trip, test it all out. Be sure that you can pack the backpack with all of the supplies, and that your matches and rain gear work. If you are somewhat new to camping, practice pitching your tent to make sure that you have it down when you are in the field.
- To go camping, head out to your spot, and then set up by selecting the right spot on location for your tent. Pitch it. Just to be safe, put up the rain flap if you have one. Use stakes to hold the tent and the flap down, and place rocks over them if you are camping on sand, to keep them from being uprooted in the wind. Then, begin to set up your camp site.
- Before dark, collect plenty of firewood, including logs, branches, sticks, and small twigs and bark for kindling. Build the camp fire, and cook whatever food you will be having. Place stones around the fire pit to insulate it, and keep the coals hot so that you may use them again after the fire burns out after you go to sleep (be sure, for this step, that you are allowed to burn during the time of year you are going camping, and that there is not a lot of dried grass or leaves around the fire). Eat, hang out, and go to bed. In the morning, if you are not staying another night, put everything away, and get ready to leave. Make breakfast if you want, and then load your pack, so that you can be on your way. Be sure to clean up after yourself, as other campers may use the site later on, and then evacuate the campsite.
Learning how to go camping is not very hard, but as you go more an more, following these basic instructions, you will get a better feel for the process. You will also start to get better at building campfires, and at knowing how to leave for a camping trip prepared.