How to Have the Best Camping Trip

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Submitted: October 09, 2017

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So many of us are so connected in today's world, we forget that sometimes a break from it all will help us replenish and reconnect. Camping is the perfect way to do just that. You can go camping in many ways, tent camping, in an RV, cabins or a yurt. However, let's focus on tent camping.


When and How long

First, you need to decide how long are you going to stay. I have found that 2 nights 3 days is the perfect length. The length is dependent how much food you want to bring, how many clothes you want to pack, how much money you are willing to spend. Next, find a weekend that you are free and make that the weekend the have a mini-vacation. The best times for camping are in the spring and early fall. If you want to be adventurous then, by all means, try camping in the summer or winter, burrrr.


Pack; Be prepared

After you have decided when you go and where to go you’ll need to start packing. It is always beneficial to be prepared. You’ll need to bring food, enough for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all the days you are staying. Note: you can cook up food before you leave, then freeze it when you pack it in the cooler it will start to thaw, then when you go to eat it, all you have to do is heat it up over the fire, or propane stove if you have one. We normally have sloppy joes, Frito pie, and sandwiches. Secondly, pack utensil, pots, pans, plates, cups, bowls, and anything that you might think is helpful when cooking and eating. If you plan on tent camping, you want to bring your tent and air mattresses, and bring bedding, sleeping bags, blankets. How much of this you bring depends on when you go camping, if it's has started getting cold out or not. Make sure you pack enough clothes to last you the extent of the trip, you cannot do laundry. If you are by a lake, a swimsuit is a smart idea, and if it cold at night a sweatshirt will be your best friend. Lastly, some things you might not think about but are extremely helpful are: a water jug/cooler, soap, table cloth, trash bags, socks (I always forget these), chairs, bug spray, hammock, fan, firewood. Bring enough to allow yourself to be fully prepared. Now find a way to fit all of this in the car. (;


Make Plans

Do you have kids, take them to a place where they will have a blast? See if another family wants to come with you. You can go to a state park, each state park is full of things to do as a family. One my family just went to is elephant rocks, and we camped by a river. Then we went to Johnson Shut-ins, being a hot day, the water was refreshing. Also, one of my favorite lakes to camp at is Pomme de Terre. Which means Potato in French, but that is irrelevant.


Perfect Campsite

You have already figured out where you want to go, so now drive to wherever that place is! The best feature at the campground is the first come, first served campsites. Drive around there until you acquire a campsite that looks perfect in your eyes. Some things to keep in mind are, is it close to water, does it have plenty of trees, is it flat, an electric site? However, if you made a reservation that that is just fine. Find the campsite and start setting up camp. You’ll want to find a smooth, flat place to put the tent. Once the tent is up, grab the bedding and clothes and set it up in the tent. Set the camp chairs around the fire, put the foodstuff on the table but make it where you can still eat.



This the most important part of camping. If I could I would have a fire going 24/7. However, you can’t have a fire if you don’t have firewood, so make sure you buy some before you arrive at your destination. Fires are necessary for camping considering fire’s cook your food, and your MARSHMALLOWS for s’mores. Also, a campfire is the best in the morning when the air is cold and crisp. You also want to enjoy the fire, so stay up late and wake up early, for who cares you’re on “vacation” right?



You need to make sure to keep all of these things in mind the whole time you are camping. Camping is about connecting to nature, so put your phone away, out of sight, out of mind. However, when I say that I find the one exception, being pictures. Pictures have a thousand words, you want to remember the moments forever. Also to fully enjoy your time away from society, make sure you do things to keep you occupied: Boating, kayaking, hiking, waterfall chasing, swimming, fishing. Lastly just enjoy your time, who cares about what is happening next, just go with the flow.


This is your camping trip, you are free to follow these steps as closely or is as little as you want. The main goal that you want to keep in mind is to just have fun!


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