Proper planning is halfway to a fun and awesome camping trip. Although it may seem like a lot to work on, the planning process can be fun itself. To minimize the stress and maximize the fun, we’ve come up with a camping trip planner. With these tips and tricks, this part of your camping trip can easily be regarded as the first day of a real and exciting adventure.
1. What Do You Want From Your Trip?
To get the most out of your trip, you’ll have to find the perfect place for setting up your campsite. And to do that, you’ll have to answer a few questions:
What Activities Are You Looking For?
Different activities require different campsites. For example, some campsites are great for hiking, while those same locations may not be the best choice if you want to go kayaking or rafting. On the other hand, campsites, where you’ll be able to enjoy time on the water, may lack the bike trails, and you’ll also have to check whether there are kid playgrounds, if you go with your family.
What Shelter Will You Use?
There are many different types of campsites, but the most common are those for tents and RV’s. Depending on your shelter, you should choose the campsite. Although they have the same purpose, the way RV campsites works is a bit different than the tent one, and the same rule applies to all other camping site types. That’s why you should stick to that type of camping.
If you want to relax and simply enjoy your time in nature, make sure your campsite has bathrooms, a shower, electric outlets, and other stuff for personal comfort. Some campsites offer you the chance to try out so-called “survival”, which means you’ll be on your own, without any of that stuff. Although equally fun, this type of camping requires a bit different preparation and failing to learn that may completely change the course of your trip. You can check out the best free campsites here.
How Many People Will Be There?
Although you can say “the more the merrier”, camping in a group also means you’ll have to adjust to every camper’s needs and desires, so you’ll have to find a place that will satisfy everyone at least on a similar level.
2. Finding A Campsite
Once you go through step 1 and learn what kind of campsite will fit you and your group best, it is time to find it. Here is how to make your search a bit easier:
Mouth To Mouth
If you have some camping experience, you’ve most certainly met many other camping enthusiasts on your previous trips. Feel free to ask them for a suggestion. Also, when you go to your local shop to purchase a tent or other camping gear, you may ask the employees for help. They have already probably been through that multiple times and will be able to give you some suggestions.
You may use Google to find not only suggestions but also reviews and other user experiences. Also, make sure to check those campsite websites, especially if you decide to go to a certain location. You’d want to inform yourself about all the rules and other important stuff before you even reach that place.
Call The Campsite
If you still have any questions, even after your research, take your phone and dial the number. Local authorities should give you all the answers you need and help you get all the information you want.
How To Book
The first thing you’ll have to do is to check if that campsite is available during your desired timeframe. If it is, you’ll have to book it whether online or by calling the campsite.
3. Food Preparation
After finding and booking the best location, the time has come to think about the food. In the modern era and with the help of a portable camping kitchen storing and preparing basically any meal shouldn’t be a problem, but there are a few tips that will make this aspect of your trip simpler:
Prepare Your Food In Advance
Instead of wasting your time cooking at your campsite, you could prepare a few different meals at home and freeze them. This way you’ll be able to prepare something for every member of your camp gang. If you plan to bring meat, vegetables, and fruit from home, chop and place them in smaller containers. This way you’ll have more space in your cooler. Also, don’t forget to bring spices.
Storing Your Food
There are a few different factors that affect the way you should store your food. First of all, you’ll need to refill your ice from time to time, so ask whether you can purchase it on the spot, and if not, see if there is a place where you can buy ice. If there is a place, great, but if not, then make sure to use the food that is easiest to spoil first. Besides the ice, you should also think about storing your food in sealable containers so it doesn’t attract wildlife.
First of all, make sure your campsite allows campfires and if it doesn’t, ask around how does the cooking part work. You may need a camping kitchen, but also don’t forget to bring the plates, pots, pans, silverware, cups, tongs, mugs… You can check our camping kitchen gear guide here, along with how to cook outdoors guide.
4. Camping Equipment Checklist
Making a checklist of all the stuff you’ll need to bring and do is a sure way to be absolutely positive you’ve done it all and that you’ve brought all the equipment you’ll be needing during your camping trip. Here are some essential camping gear parts, while the rest depends on your activity plan:
It will serve as a shelter and as a resting place. You could add a pop-up gazebo if you’ll be camping during sunny summer days, and also make sure you have additional tarps and ropes.
If you’ll be sleeping in a tent, then you’ll need a sleeping bag combined with an air mattress, along with pillows, blankets, possibly camping mats. If you have something additional you need to sleep, you can also include that in your gear checklist.
This category varies because you won’t need short shorts if you’ll be camping during winter and vice versa – you probably won’t need a winter cap in the middle of July. However, the temperature can drop significantly during nighttime, especially if your campsite is on a high altitude and located in the middle of the forest, so it can become quite chilly even on a hot, summer day. To avoid getting cold, bring additional layers of clothes. Also, sleeping in long sleeves will help you keep any insects away from your skin, combined with some of the insect repellers.
Fun And Games
When you’re outside in nature, there are many different ways to have fun, basically, if you’re creative enough you can turn anything into a fun, family activity, although it is a nice idea to bring something with you. There are many different board games you could play outside. Mafia or Werewolf are fun group games, Dixit is also a great way to laugh, and if you want to let your imagination and creativity take over, there is a great game called Imagidice where you throw the dice and tell the stories or recite songs using images from the dice.
One of the main camping concerns should be your own and the safety of other members of your groups. For additional, on-spot safety you can check out our camping safety guide, but when it comes to preparation, here is what you’ll have to do:
- Inform yourself. By learning about the location you’ll be visiting, you’ll also learn all the things you’ll have to pay attention to and all the possible dangers in the shape of wild animals or anything other that could put you and others at risk.
- Let others know your plan. Print out your plan along with a timeline and give those papers to at least two people. If you’ll be bringing your family with you, you can give one paper to your friends while the other could go to the authorities. These papers should include full names, contact numbers of all members of the party, family or friends’ contact numbers, and local authority contact numbers from both the campsite and your hometown.
You’ll need the following:
- First aid kit
- A survival kit and survival gear
- Bear spray
- A whistle
6. Additional Gear
When it comes to additional gear, make sure to include:
- Trash bags
- Waterproof matches
- Paper towels and napkins
- Mild soap and dish soap
You can also include anything else you may find necessary, but if you have the option, it is better to leave unnecessary and stuff you probably won’t be using back at home.
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The task to plan a camping trip can be quite stressful, especially for beginners and those that don’t know how to do it. With this camping trip planner, that shouldn’t be as big of an issue, so you’ll be able to have fun even before you’ve set your sails to your camping destination.