All year round, which season is best for outdoor camping? No season is more closely associated with camping than the summer. The best camping time starts around June; you can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, or bird watching with your family and friends in the great outdoors.
If you are planning a camping trip, and want to know how to prepare for your next camping trip, then you're in the right place. In this article, we will talk about this topic exactly.
1. DETERMINE WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
From mountains to forests, from the desert to the lake, surely there are plenty of beautiful places to set up camp in your city. Whether it is your family traditional campsite or a totally new place, you can research, compare, and finally determined the destination for your exciting trip.
2. PLAN YOUR WAY OF CAMPING
RV camping and glamping are popular ways to enjoy the outdoors enhanced by the luxurious comforts of home; camping in the campsite is a traditional way to enjoy the great outdoors; primitive camping is a simplified way to get in tune with nature without all the fuss.
Different camping ways need to pack different gears and show you and your family or friends a different camping experience. Which one do you want to try next time?
3. MAKE A DETAILED ITINERARY
Before departure, list as detailed and reasonable itinerary as possible, such as:
- The total budget;
- How long will the camping trip take?
- Who will go with you?
- How long will you be there? How will you get there?
- What do you need to pack in your backpack?
- How about the weather is like during camping time?
- Once you have arrived campsite, what's the plan of every day?
A detailed itinerary will effectively relieve the anxiety caused by embarking on an unknown journey, meantime reducing the risk.
4. PREPARE THE INGREDIENTS
You need to bring food depending on the way you want to eat. Either you plan to go fishing in the lake of the campsite and grill it, or plan to bring your own ingredients for an outdoor barbecue, all of them are ok. For me, the second one is more convenient.
5. PACK CAMPING GEAR
It's essential to pack the right camping gear ahead of time to ensure you are not forgetting anything! Take a look at this full checklist to help you pack the necessary equipment (useful for a family car camping).
- Tent Rain Fly
- Tent Footprint
- Sleeping Bags
- Sleeping Pads or Air Mattress (with pump)
- Ultra-light cot
- Headlamps, Flashlights or Lanterns
Kitchen & Cooking System
- Cook Stove and Fuel
- Firewood, Paper, and Matches or a Lighter
- Fire Extinguisher
- Cooking Utensils
- Can Opener
- Cooler box
- Grilling table
- Meals, snacks, and drinks
- Camping shelter
- Plates, Cups, Bowls and Utensils
- Water bottle
- Trash Bags
- Deck of Cards
- Board Games
- Art Supplies
- Bicycles and Helmets
- Other Sports Equipment
- Sidewalk Chalk
6. PREPARE ENOUGH CLOTHES
Weather-Appropriate Clothing for All Family Members
When camping in autumn or spring
- Clothes Line,
- Thermal Underwear
- Extra Socks
When camping in summer
- Bug Spray
- Beach Towels
- Additional Drinking Water
- Additional Sunblock
- Raincoats or Ponchos
- Rain Boots
Prepare an extra two sets of clothes for your kids.
7. FIRST AID KIT AND BASIC TOILETRIES
Remember to take necessary medicine, first aid kit, and basic toiletries:
- Toilet Paper
8. PREPARE YOURSELF FOR BAD WEATHER
No matter where you're setting up camp, you will have the opportunity to face low temperatures, gale, rain on our next adventure. So it's always great to be prepared for it!
Pack raincoat, waterproof coat, wool blankets, socks, and hats; Make sure your tent is waterproof and wind-resistant, and your sleeping bag can protect you against cold at night.
Make sure you take a look at this checklist before your next trip out to the woods!