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Top Tips for Preparing for Your First Camping Trip

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Are you feeling inspired to get closer to nature and sleep under the stars on your next vacation? Camping can be an excellent way to escape the busyness of everyday life, to get reconnected and replenish your energy. Taking a camping trip offers many benefits; no cell phone constantly ringing, no distractions, a space to think without interruption, the list goes on.

Escaping from the craziness of the modern world can be a huge relief, especially as life nowadays is often full of stress. To make the most of your camping trip and to make sure that it runs smoothly and stays stress-free, it is a good idea to get yourself properly prepared for your trip. Being prepared in advance will allow you to relax and enjoy your time in the great outdoors.

Research

Make sure that you do your research before you travel. If you have a fair idea of where you are planning to pitch your tent, it is well worth researching where you can find the nearest amenities. Check whether showers and toilets are close by and whether there is a gas station so that you can fill up your tank before you head back home.

Carrying out a little research like this before your trip is also a great way to find out more about the local area. This will enable you to uncover any hidden gems and must-visit spots that you could otherwise have missed.

Try Out Your Tent

Putting up a tent sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, it can sometimes be surprisingly complicated! Having a pre-trip rehearsal and pitching your tent before your trip is a great way to get yourself familiar before you really need it. Having a go at putting the tent up also means that you can check that nothing is missing. There’s nothing more frustrating than driving hundreds of miles, only to find that you are missing your tent poles!

Sort out Your Supplies

Don’t forget to put together a shopping list before your trip to make sure that you don’t miss any essential supplies. A sleeping bag and pillow are crucial for staying warm and comfortable through the night. If you are planning on having a campfire as a heat source and a cooking method, then bringing along magnesium fire starters could also be useful. Don’t forget your pots and pans for cooking, along with food that is easy to heat up. Bring along some water too so that you can stay hydrated and use it for washing as well.

Dress for the Occasion

Temperatures can fluctuate when you are camping, and it may be boiling during the daytime, but at night it can get pretty cold. Make sure that you have the right clothing for your trip to keep you comfortable. Feeling too cold or too hot can make the trip pretty miserable. It is a good idea to dress in layers, so you can remove or add clothing according to the temperature, to ensure that you stay comfortable.

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Mecca Griffith is a recent graduate of St. John's University, originally hailing from New Jersey. During her 4 years in college, New York has quickly became her home away from home. She has experience in a plethora of fields, but writing has always been a natural competency. She enjoys being able to inform and enlighten readers on trending and hidden topics. Ms. Griffith is happy to be apart of Social and hopes it's readers will be excited to read more from a young, eager, inquisitive mind such as hers. ENJOY!!

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