Beginner tips for camping like a champ



Beginner tips for camping like a champ

For outdoor adventurers, camping is one of the most soothing experiences. You become one with nature, and you have the opportunity to explore tranquil settings in the most relaxed way possible. However, for inexperienced campers who are not used to these outdoor environments, not packing the right gear and equipment could turn your experience into a miserable one. So, if you’re thinking of going camping and you’re not up to speed on how to do it, here are a few tips to consider:


  • Research where you are going

Beginner campers should try their best to do as much research as possible before taking the plunge on a camping adventure. This can be done through email, phone calls or existing customer reviews on the place you’re looking at visiting. The reason for this is to get as much advice beforehand so that you can prepare yourself for what you can expect. Remember that camping is supposed to be a fun and relaxing experience, but if you’re not prepared for your experience, it could turn into a disaster.

Pack the right gear for the weather conditions, have drinkable water on-hand, and make sure that you’re fully equipped with food, sunblock, mosquito repellent and a first aid kit in case of emergencies. Also, bear in mind that there might not be a shop close enough for you to stock up on your goods, so these small preparation tips can really get you off to a smooth start.


  • Set up your equipment up before the camping trip

One of the most common mistakes that many campers make is not setting your camping tent up before your trip. While you’re busy setting your tent up, try and test any equipment you’ll be taking with you on your Springbok camping trip, for example, your new stretcher bed or your headgear. If you decide against this or simply don’t have the time or place to set things up, make sure you read through the instruction manual of any new equipment in advance, and try to arrive at the campsite when it’s still light outside.


  • Don’t rely on a campfire for everything

Since you’re in the bush, remember that you’ll need to make fires to cook your food. While building a campfire is extremely relaxing and part of the experience, make sure you bring a skottel with you so that you don’t have to rely on a campfire whenever you need to heat something up or make a quick meal.

Most camping areas supply camping fires for guests to make use of, however, you can never predict the weather conditions which could make it impossible for you to cook on a fire. Also, wood fires take significantly longer to build up, so if you’re pressed for time, you’ll need to make another plan.


  • Buy quality over quantity equipment

You’ll find that over time, camping becomes an expensive activity because of the equipment. It’s always best to purchase quality over quantity when it comes to outdoor adventures. This is because the more expensive equipment is able to withstand heavier and more intensive weather conditions. Building up your supplies will take time, and there are several items and gadgets which are not mandatory for beginner campers. Speak to people and get professional advice on the most important items.


  • Pack warm bedding and clothing

Avid campers will easily be able to tell you how cold it gets in the evenings. Don’t make the decision of leaving your feather duvets at home because the weather forecast predicts sunny weather. The mornings and evenings get extremely chilly, so having the right clothing, bedding and equipment is essential.  


  • Arrive while the sun is still shining

Arriving early could mean two things: you get a great camping spot, and you’re able to set up your equipment while it’s still light outside. Setting up camp in the dark is a stressful situation, and even more so when you’re not familiar with your surroundings. Arriving in the dark will make it harder for you to find the place, and when everything is fully booked, it’ll also make searching for a safe area difficult. No matter what time of the year you decide to go camping, always arrive early and have sufficient lighting to help you out.


  • Leaving food and garbage accessible

Camping in areas you’re unfamiliar with means that you’ll constantly need to be aware of trespassers and animals that could come and invade your space. Make sure that before you go to bed, you put all belongings away and you hang your garbage up so that animals can’t destroy it. On that note, once you leave the campsite, dispose your garbage and leave the area as neat as it was when you arrived.


Final words

Going on a camping adventure is very different to staying in a five-star luxury hotel, and even though it might be a breeze for some, others might not have the time or equipment to camp. In these moments, spending your holiday at a game reserve lodge or hotel is much more comfortable and relaxing.

With camping, you need to be prepared to rough it out and make the most of this different holiday environment. It provides a great opportunity to relax, away from your everyday hustle-and-bustle. It’s truly a beautiful experience and if you’ve taken the time to plan and prepare yourself for the trip, you won’t have any hassles. Remember that whatever you forget, you’ll learn from and change in the future.