Nature Is Calling: TOP camping tips for beginners

Updated: January 13, 2022
Author: TripsGuard

Camping is one of the best ways to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and go to sleep under the stars.

However, camping can be a daunting experience if you’re new to it and you don’t know what you should bring or how to set up your tent right. Here are some tips on how to go camping with confidence and have an awesome time out in nature! What are you waiting for? Let’s go camping!

Why Camping is Amazing

What’s more enjoyable than waking up in a tent, looking out into a beautiful forest, breathing in the fresh air, and enjoying time with friends? If you think that sounds amazing, you’re right.

Camping is not only an exciting way to spend a few days or weeks in nature; it also can bring you many health benefits. From decreased stress to boosted immunity—the physical and mental advantages of outdoor adventure are numerous.

Plus, it has been shown that people who enjoy outdoor activities are happier, especially now that flying is getting more challenging with COVID-19, so look for the nature closest to your location and start the adventure!

Prepare Yourself Beforehand

Camping is a lot of fun, but it can also be intimidating.

If you haven’t been camping before, you should probably practice setting up your tent in your backyard or on your driveway first. That way, when you’re finally out in nature, you won’t have to worry about forgetting how to pitch your tent properly.

Plan What You'll Need on the Trip

Whether you're going to be setting up camp for a night or backpacking for several days, you'll need to figure out what gear and equipment you'll need.

Make sure you've got a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, stove, portable charger that does not need electricity, emergency lighting, and plenty of food. And don't forget your water-purification system if you're going somewhere that may not have access to clean drinking water. If it's your first time camping.

Look After Your Health and Safety

You can’t take your basic health and safety precautions for granted when you’re on a camping trip. Make sure you bring plenty of insect repellent, as mosquitoes can give you some nasty diseases, such as West Nile Virus. If you find yourself lost in nature, build a fire to keep warm and alert people of your whereabouts.

Staying safe while venturing into nature will help create lasting memories of your trip. And also, COVID19 is still with us... make sure to have hand sanitizer, masks in case you meet strangers, and in general, make sure to keep your distance if necessary. And look for travel restrictions and health restrictions in the area where you are camping - are there any special guidelines?

Respect the Wildlife

While you’re enjoying your outdoor adventure, it’s important to respect wildlife. Animals in their natural habitat might seem docile but remember that they are wild animals and can be unpredictable.

It may not seem like a big deal if you get too close to or come into contact with some wildlife but remember that it’s illegal to disturb or chase animals so do your best to keep a respectful distance from all creatures.

Don't Get Lost

The first mistake of a beginner camper is usually getting lost. Make sure you know how to read maps before you head out into a new area and always carry a compass in case your GPS runs out of battery.

If you are hiking, make sure you've set aside plenty of time to get back before dark, as that's when most accidents occur. If possible, try to hike with friends so if something does happen, someone will be there to help.

Enjoy It!

It can be difficult to find time to travel these days with busy schedules, demanding jobs, and too many travel restrictions. But you don’t want to miss out on all of nature’s little surprises. It may not be as easy as it used to be, but it’s still possible to camp every once in a while.

Whether you are planning your first or hundredth trip outdoors, use these five tips and tricks to help you get ready and enjoy your excursion into mother nature.

Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a non-profit organization to keeps nature wild and natural. While many people love spending time outdoors, they also want to protect it.

The founders of Leave No Trace believe that everyone who enjoys being outside can make a difference, whether you’re in your backyard or on an epic backpacking trip. Here are some LNT tips and tricks for beginner campers.