I have been writing a lot of different ways to help you become more prepared for either your first camping trip or your 100th camping trip. This is no different, there are so many things you learn that you love and also hate about camping. I have outlined a couple of camping tips for beginners to help you have more good memories than bad when looking back.
If you are looking at going on your first camping trip and a little unsure about ways to keep your stuff clean, dry or just make it a simple and easy experience. I have you covered, after growing up camping I have managed to pretty much switch to camping mode and not even realise I adapt for this way of holidaying.
Camping Tips For Beginners
Firstly, there are no definite rules and ways to camping, you can totally make this way of holidaying your own.
My parents used to trek us all to France, stay on a campsite and cook in our tent every night. Some people like camping in an area to eat out every night or experience new places. It is totally up to you.
I decided to put together this list of camping tips for beginners to help people bring the essentials, pack for the right weathers and be prepared for any incidentals. Some of these can be changed to suit your needs and wants and what you have on hand/available.
When thinking about packing, pack for a varied amount of weathers. Don’t forget you are sleeping technically outside so the weather and conditions can change quite dramatically overnight. (you won’t usually tell because you are at home in bed).
Pack smart too, don’t haul your whole wardrobe away and then wonder where in the tent it is going to go. You also want to pack the car smart, don’t pack your tent and equipment in first and then cover it over with a million other things.
- Pack the tent, chairs and sleeping bags/pillows in the car last. You can then get them out first and put the tent up while all the other stuff stays safe and dry in the car.
- Pack a varied wardrobe including waterproof jackets and a fleecy/warm layer.
- Pack for small emergencies – don’t forget your first aid kit. Not all campsites are hubs of the community, some can be very quiet and minimal.
Of course, you are going to be getting a shower and even maybe washing up your pots and pans. Don’t go unprepared, it can be annoying and frustrating. If you want a more comprehensive breakdown of what to pack I have just the post!
Going for a shower was one of my pet peeves about camping. I liked the feeling of been clean and sometimes using the shower blocks didn’t give me that feeling as something would go wrong. These simple and easy to do camping tips for beginners will make showering in a new place all that much easier.
- When going to use the public showers on the campsite, take shoes that are easy to get back on. Preferably crocs or flip flops.
- Use a bag to hold your toiletries, towel and spare clothes.
- If there is a peg in the shower room for your stuff to hang on, it may get a little wet while the shower is on. Hang your towel over the dry clean clothes to stop any major water getting your clothes wet.
- Don’t be afraid to use the hand dryer to dry your hair, it is totally acceptable when camping.
- Don’t be afraid to take your own toilet roll, it is rare on high activity campsites but some do not supply such items. Take some just in case.
Depending on the size of your tent, the duration of your stay, etc some of these tips may not apply to you. These are small things I have noticed are really useful to do while camping. These are some of my useful camping tips for beginners.
- Find a place for shoes to go in the tent/caravan as to not bring any mud or dust into the living areas. Carrier bags or bin liners are great or even try a plastic box so they can be picked up and carried.
- If you are using air mattresses, try and blow them up while in the tent, this will save you from trying to push it through the small door opening. – use an airbed pump that plugs into the car cigarette lighter.
- Pack extra batteries for torches as there is always one that will need them.
- Look at using a bucket for a toilet for the night. The last thing you want to do in the middle of the night is getting up and putting on shoes to go for a wee at the toilet block.
- Don’t underestimate the weather, especially if you plan to do plenty of walking and hiking. Take plenty of layers and waterproofs. The weather on some of the higher hills and peaks can change dramatically.
- Make sure shoes are lined up in the center areas of the tent, as the morning mist/dew hits the tent it will run down the side and sometimes drips into the very edge of the tent, if anything is poking out near the edge it will get wet.
- Create distinct areas for cooking, clothes, and sleeping. This will help you keep everything together and easier to pack away at the end.
- Don’t take a hammer to hammer in the pegs, your use feet but not so far that the pegs won’t come out!
- Use boxes with lids to hold food to stop the attraction of any animals and bugs.
- Those pockets in the bedrooms are actually very helpful, especially when you are looking for a light at 3 am.
- If you are working on tight space, look at leaving the bulk of your clothes in the car and having a smaller basket or bag with your clothes for the night and next day in.
- Look at getting electric, this can keep you cooler box cool, phone charged and anything else you need to use.
Though I didn’t always help a lot when it came to packing up I picked up on a few things here and there. These are some of the really simple camping tips for beginners as it stops you bringing stuff you don’t need yet and makes your trip easy and stress free.
- Use a spare peg to pull out the pegs in the ground when packing away.
- Pack sections as a time, start with food, clothes and sleeping bags. LEAVE THE TENT TILL LAST. The way you unpacked just in reverse.
- You will need the tent to make sure you can get everything packed away right, dry and clean. (anything dirty goes into a carrier bag)
- Leave out a chair or two so you can sit and take a break – if the tent is wet you will see why you need a chair.
- Do not pack away a tent soaking wet, it will encourage mold to grow in the tent. If you can’t get the tent dry as it is currently raining, take it out as soon as you are home to dry.
- Take the inside out and pack away first – leave the outer shell for last.
- Gather all rubbish together before packing away and take to bins.
That is everything for my camping tips for beginners, I hope this has been useful and helpful to your first trip. If you have other ways you make camping life easier I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.