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4 Tips to Gear Up for Camping

Never been camping and have a desire to go? Or do you love camping but always forget that one last thing? We’ve got you covered. Here are the four most important things you need to do to gear up for your next adventure!

Gear Up for Camping With These 4 Tips

1. Plan Everything

If you’re planning to stay at a campground, make sure you call ahead of time. This will ensure that you get the campground spot that you want. (*Pro tip: Make sure you ask for a spot that is near the water and the bathrooms.)

In addition, plan a simple itinerary. Not much of a planner? That’s fine! Just write down the basics to keep things moving and to keep you excited. Itineraries are especially good if you’re going with a group of people.

Finally, you need a menu! Make sure to plan the meals, so you know what food you need to pack. Look under #3 below for some meal planning ideas.

2. Preparation is Key

If you’re going camping, we’re sure you’ve already made your master checklist, but here are a few things that people tend to forget:

  • Bug spray. It’ll be hard to enjoy your adventure if you’re being eaten up by mosquitoes. A couple of other ways to repel insects are by lighting scented candles that deter them or packing one of our handheld or cordless zappers.
  • “Rain, rain, go away”… but just in case it rains, remember your raincoat or poncho!
  • The “utility” must-haves are matches, rope, a pocket knife, and trash bags. (*Pro tip: pack reusable cloths to create less trash.)
  • If you’re not planning on washing any clothes, don’t forget to bring a bag to keep the “dirties” separate.
  • Make sure to pack enough warming fuel cans and refills for the whole trip … plus a couple extra!

3. Sustenance Should Be Simple

Coffee, coffee, coffee. Need we say more? Plan for hunger with snacks: popcorn, trail mix, granola bars, ingredients to make s’mores, and fresh fruit.

Draw up a simple menu. Leave the bacon-wrapped pesto pork at home!

For example:

  • Day #1:
    • Breakfast – energy or granola bars
    • Lunch – canned soups
    • Dinner – pasta
  • Day # 2:
    • Breakfast – pancakes
    • Lunch – bagels (bring peanut butter or deli meats and cheeses)
    • Dinner – chili (*Pro tip: make chili ahead of time and put it in the cooler. All you have to do is heat it up in the pan!)
  • Day #3:
    • Breakfast – cereal
    • Lunch – salads (same as the chili; make it ahead of time and have a cooler just for prepped meals)
    • Dinner – burgers

* IMPORTANT* This is the one thing you need to remember about food when it comes to camping: do not leave food outside and unattended. It will attract the creepy-crawlies and before you know it, you’ll have the whole Jungle Book cast trying to get into your coolers. (We’ve had a raccoon steal a hot dog that was 5 feet away from us, waiting to be roasted.)

4. Enjoy the Trip

Campers are so busy planning, preparing, and stressing that they often forget to have fun. Leave the worries at home.A few things we recommend are:

  • Bicycling, fishing, tubing, hiking, or bring a football to pass or soccer ball to kick around
  • Cornhole, water balloons, and every day board games
  • Pack the binoculars and go bird-watching
  • Nap in a comfy hammock

Now breathe – and prepare with confidence! You’ll have a great time. (And leave a comment below to let us know the one thing you tend to forget when you go camping.)

 

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