Going camping for the first time left you scratching your head? Here’s our list of useful tips for beginners!

If you are wondering what you need to go camping for the first time, these 25 tips have got you covered. Read on to find out the most important camping advice for beginners!

1. Be prepared for the weather.

Check the forecast before you go but expect the unexpected. Always pack something waterproof and remember that it can get very cold at night.

2. Do a trial run at home.

If it’s your first time camping, you probably don’t know how to set up a tent. Set it up at home first, especially if you are planning a solo camping trip.

3. Better safe than sorry!

Use a packing list and check twice if you have packed everything. 

4. Arrive early.

It’s never a good idea to go through the stress of setting up your tent at night and tripping over the straps in the dark. This is one of the most important camping tips for beginners.

5. Set up your tent first thing.

It may be tempting to give in to the laziness, but it’s best to do the work first and have fun later.

6. Choose a flat ground.

You don’t want to be sliding down in your tent while you sleep. 

7. Think about the sun.

Try to plan for some shade from the sun, especially in summer.

8. Clear the ground.

Always check for any rocks, sticks or dry weeds and remove them before pitching your tent. They are very annoying to sleep on and can also damage your tent. It is also a good idea to lay a protective tarp underneath.

9. Take a hammer or a mallet.

Staking your tent is much easier with a hammer than with your shoes or a rock, and it really doesn’t take up a lot of space.

10. Pack smart!

Choose comfort over style and don’t overpack.

11. Don’t forget a first aid kit.

Safety always comes first.

12. Borrow things from friends.

You don’t have to buy everything for your first time camping.

13. Always carry water.

It’s a good idea to have a large container right at your pitch.

14. Sunscreen and bug spray are essential.

You know why. You’ve been there.

15. Plan simple meals.

Think canned goods, nuts, energy bars, flatbread, fruits and veggies. If you’re only going for a few days, you don’t even need to cook. That way you can spend more time having fun and less time cleaning up after eating.

16. Bring some useful tools.

Pack some duct tape, a rope, some plastic bags and clothes pegs and a Swiss Army Knife.

17. Take your own toilet paper.

Pack a roll or two, just in case.

18. Wet wipes are your friends.

Keeping your camp and yourself clean is important for an enjoyable trip.

19. Don’t forget light.

A hanging one for inside the tent and a headlight can make your camping life a lot easier.

20. Borrow or invest in a good sleeping bag.

This is the most important part of your gear. Pick the right one for the temperatures you are expecting.

21. Make sure to pack a mat or an inflatable mattress and a pillow.

Get all the comfort you need for a good night’s sleep.

22. Earplugs may come in handy.

There is nothing worse than trying to sleep and having to listen to people talking right next to you.

23. Don’t leave valuables in the tent.

You can’t be too careful, unfortunately.

24. Do take a hammock.

A hammock is your best friend on any camping trip.

25. Be a good neighbour.

Respect your neighbours and don’t be afraid to ask for help or offer yours.

If you are planning a family camping trip, check out our 15 tips for families!

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