Prepperoid is not just a site with tips for those who already camp! Our goal is to encourage more people to have this experience and help new and future campers to venture for the first time.
For this we separate 20 hot and super practical tips for those who want to camp for the first time in a structured camping and without getting mad! Check it out:
1. Choice of camping – For your first camping experience we strongly suggest you choose a campsite with a basic structure and preferably do not stay in a completely isolated place so you do not have problems if you forget something really important or have any unexpected problem . Also evaluate if you want to cook, if the camping has a kitchen or restaurant nearby. Camping is not necessarily idle (but it can be, if you want!), So look for a camping that has leisure options that you enjoy!
2. Choice of location – By the time you arrive at the campsite there will probably be a multitude of places where you can put your tent. Before arming, look for a flat, even spot with no branches and roots on the floor. Try to put under a tree, to take advantage of some of the shade, but look first if it is not a fruit tree, if you do not have a jackfruit to fall in your tent or if you do not have colored fruits that can stain it. Also check the state of the tree itself and the branches, see if they are rotten and are in danger of falling. If you are in doubt the tip is simple: ask the owner or administrator of the campsite what is the best place, after all who is always there knows where it gets sun, where it floods, where it has ants, these things. Do not be ashamed to ask for help from other campers as well.
3. Weather Forecast – When you first go camping the ideal is that you do not have to face rains, winds or thunderstorms. Of course, some time will happen to you camping with rain, it is inevitable. And if you have a suitable tent to camp in the rain you will experience the good and bad things of camping with rain. But a really valid advice is: avoid rain on your first experience especially if your tent is not good. Look at the weather forecast and plan to live the first camping in a good weather!
4. Buying the First Tent – When you are camping your tent is your home, it is your comfort zone and has the function of sheltering and protecting you. But know that not all tents do this, there are all kinds of tent including those that let the rain through the seam and fabrics (yes, not all tents are really waterproof!). So before you buy your tent let it out! The quality is directly related to the value and be sure that when you buy the cheapest tent you will certainly not be making your first experience easier. If you need help buying the first tent send us a message that we will be happy to help you choose the best model for your needs!
5. Tent Assembly – A super important tip is you set up your tent at home before taking her to camp. So you are getting familiar with the equipment and take the time to check that everything is right. If, even riding your tent before, you have difficulties when you arrive at the campsite, do not despair. Do things calmly and if you need help, just look with “puppy dog” look at some camper who already has his tent mounted. Any seasoned camper will be happy to help someone who is getting started. And this is always an occasion to make new friends with the neighboring campers.
Lastly, it does not matter if you are a beginner or an experienced camper, ride your tent right! Do not throw the overcoat on top only, do this with care, fasten all fasteners, place all tensioners (strings), and all the nozzles. Your tent is your home, treat it with care!
6. Closed tent – An essential tip for first time camping is to know that mosquitoes will have no mercy and if you leave your tent open they will come in and turn your night into a hell. The tip (rule) is simple, basic and valid forever: let your tent (or mosquito netting) always close! It’s a simple attitude: entered date, left date. This prevents, in addition to the entry of mosquitoes, problems with other animals (spiders, ants, crickets, moths), some of which may have more serious consequences.
7. Plastic canvas – Many people like to take tarpaulins to the camp, to place on the tent like an extra awning or under the floor, afraid that water will enter through the ground. Carrying a tarp can be interesting if you go camping for longer and if you are going with more experienced campers who can help in assembling an awning. If you are going to camp for only two or three days, with a good weather forecast and a tent that is really rain resistant, dispense the awning in that first experience. It will be one less thing for you to worry about.
8. Loose Animals – Many campsites have dogs, cats, roosters, horses or other animals that stay in the campsite, often loose (especially in the off-season). On some occasions it is the fact that they already have these local animals that causes them to not accept the campers’ pets. If you are afraid of dogs or do not get along as pets in general it may be good to inquire with the camping about this issue.
9. Toilet paper – If you still do not go camping you may not know that most campsites do not provide toilet paper for campers! That’s right, every camper has to take its own part. It may sound embarrassing, but it’s not, it’s normal. At the time of going camping take a roll (or more depending on how many people and how long) and put it inside a purse or necessaire, then when you need to go to the bathroom just to run your hand in the bag of toilet paper and all, ! It is worth mentioning that in a camp toilet paper can be useful at various times as to to clean or dry things in the tent.
10. Electrical Extension – If you are going to camp in a place you do not yet know and you will depend on and electrical power for some equipment in the tent it is good to get organized. The vast majority of campsites offer shots for campers, but they will not always be close to where you want them or you can put your tent. So if you really need outlets near the tent we strongly advise taking a few (several) meter extension.
11. “Swiss” pocket knife – It does not have to be Swiss, it can be Chinese, Brazilian or any other nationality, which is important, it has a thousand features, the more functionalities, the bigger, but more useful!
When opening a bottle, the opener breaks the branch! A thorn has entered, the forceps breaks the branch! Need to cut something, the scissors break the branch! He bought wine but forgot the corkscrew … until then he breaks the branch! I do not know how many times I’ve used it to make up for minor oblivion.
12. Lighter – Another important item to join for your list of campsites. If you are in a city or urban center if you forget about this item just go to the nearest market and buy, but if you go camping in a place further away from cities and forget it, when it comes to cooking this might be a problem, because even if you have a stove with an automatic igniter, if it fails you will be in the hand.
The general tip is always to carry a lighter in your basic equipment kit (along with the Swiss Army Knife), because even in an emergency, with a pocketknife and a lighter the chance of survival is much greater. It is an extremely small and lightweight item.
13. Flashlight – The flashlight will be useful whenever it starts to darken. Not all campsites have lighting in the tents area, or your tent will not always be next to it.
If investing in a flashlight, opt for one that can be used on the head. This makes things more practical. If possible, take up to two, one head and one hand (to always stay in a tent pocket for easy access).
14. Thermal Insulation – A super important thing that many beginners do not know is that even in summer the temperature can drop at night, especially at the ground temperature. If you prefer a little comfort instead of the insulation you can opt for an inflatable mattress. They will also do a thermal insulation, but giving a little more comfort.
15. Repellent – It is an indispensable item in any camp (except in some places in winter). The mosquitoes are not joking and they are awestruck by the presence of blood of novice campers. Put a repellent on your necessaire and add this item to the list of key items in any camp.
16. First Aid Kit – Another essential item to always carry, including in all your adventures, is a First Aid Kit. But the most important thing is not just to take him but to know every utensil that has inside it and to know how and when to use in an emergency moment. Click here to learn how to set up your First Aid Kit.
17. Plastic bags – Plastic bags are always useful for a thousand functions: to store your garbage, to organize your clothes in the backpack, to bag your things and to avoid watering, to separate dirty clothes, so always carry some plastic bags. Before separating they make sure that they are not stuck and if they can pick up those that are a bit sturdier and that they do not tear so easily.
18. Cordiality and respect – Within a campsite it is normal for people to be more cordial, caring and friendly. Cordiality is one of the values that is associated with campers. In the campsites people help each other, talk to each other, wish good morning. Sometimes the warmth even goes beyond and becomes friendship. It is quite common after a few days you become childhood friend of your tent neighbors. This is how camping is, even if some campers have lost those values. But when entering the camping practice the cordiality, smile, be nice help and let yourself help.
19. Exchanges of experiences – It is normal for campsites to become places for exchanging experiences between campers. The most experienced always have some tips for the newbies, take the opportunity to chat, to learn about the tents and equipment in general. Get tips from other places to camp. This exchange of experiences happens naturally when people are open. Arrive at the campsite with no open heart preconceptions!
20. Company – Certainly we advise against it on your first camping trip, you go alone. Invite girlfriends, friends and if possible strategically take someone who has ever camped, or that friend who is a Boy Scout! Camping can be a great experience, but it will be more special if you live those moments surrounded by loved ones. But the trick is to call that friend who can not even live with an ant can be a total borer, since in nature there will be insects to animals and interaction with them is inevitable! Take a company that cuts nature and be free of charge! It will be all good!
Finally, we would like to leave two tips from experienced campers: