How to Get Started and Build Up Your Skills

Camping is a great way to escape your daily city life. Whether camping solo or having an adventure with friends or family, this recreational activity is deeply embedded in all our genes. This is because camping was what our ancient ancestors called regular life. It is very rare for the average working or studying individual in this day and age to find the time or the right place to indulge in camping. However, getting out, venturing into nature, and living outdoors to heal your mind, body, and soul is essential. There is no right age to begin camping. A child, an adult, or a senior person can learn about the basics of camping at their convenience. This blog post provides a basic guide for beginners who want to learn about camping. 

Camping clothes and shoes

Before heading out on your camping trip, you must consider what type of clothes you will wear and the ones you’ll pack. It is essential to wear clothing that can sustain getting dirty and muddy and avoid wearing cotton fabrics as these can make you feel cold if they get wet. It is a good idea to always pack warm clothing in case the weather gets too cold, and a raincoat or a waterproof jacket is crucial too. Appropriate footwear for a trip outdoors is a must. You will traverse uneven and unpredictable terrain and need shoes that protect your feet and provide sufficient cushioning and comfort. Suppose you’re camping on State Land in Michigan. In that case, you need shoes that protect your feet from the grass, pebbles, sharp rocks, thorns, bug bites, and different soil types at the campsite. The footwear must also perform well when walking on muddy, slimy, and wet surfaces around the many beautiful lakes in Michigan or any other region surrounding a water body in the wilderness. 

Essential camping gear and equipment to carry with you

When camping, you must bring everything you need, like a tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, lighting, a stove, a cooler, pots and pans, and utensils. You can borrow or rent some of these things to save money. When buying a tent, get one that’s big enough for you or your group and has vestibules outside the doors. Sleeping bags should have a temperature rating and a rectangular shape for more room. Sleeping pads should be thicker, longer, wider, and highly insulated. You need sufficient lighting. A flashlight, headlamp, and lantern are a must. A propane camp stove is a good option unless you plan to cook your food over your campfire. You should bring a cooler with enough capacity and ice for perishable food. For kitchen gear, get everything you need, like pots, pans, cutlery, glasses, etc., and pack it in plastic bags. Camp chairs are optional, but they make downtime more enjoyable. As a beginner, you may be unable to determine every item required for the trip. However, with time and experience, you will learn what you need on a camping trip. Start by carrying these essential items and make a note of anything that you needed but did not have while camping. This will make your next camping experience much better. 

Trial camping session, selecting the campsite on your trip, and prepping the campsite

It is essential to have a trial camping session in your backyard, garden, or a park nearby, to ensure that you do not face any issues when you start camping at your campsite. You must practice setting up your tent, understand how to approach this task best, and not waste your time at the campsite. Beginners should always choose to camp at locations with easy access to restrooms. As you get wiser and more experienced after each camping trip, you can begin to venture into more remote and secluded locations. Remember that the campsite location will depend on the weather conditions you are comfortable with, the distance from civilization and essential amenities, and the scenic beauty you require. While prepping the campsite, level the ground where you’ll pitch your tent and remove any dirt, leaves, rocks, or debris before laying down the ground sheet. The back of your tent should face the direction of the wind to make it more stable. 

Concluding thoughts

In conclusion, camping is a great way to connect with nature and escape daily city life. It is never too late to start camping, and this blog post provides an essential guide for beginners. It covers the necessary clothing and gear to wear and carry on your trip and tips for selecting and prepping a campsite. With practice and experience, beginners can venture into more remote locations and learn what they need on their camping trips. Remember to always prioritize safety and comfort while enjoying the great outdoors.