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How to prepare and pack for a camping trip: A guide

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Camping is one of the UK's favourite pastimes. Roaming the wild with your friends and family and cooking out underneath the stars. There’s nothing like it.

However, camping does take some preparation. You don’t want to realise halfway through a 10-mile hike that you didn’t bring enough water or find a leak in your tent while it’s raining.

 Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure that you are packed and prepared for your camping trip!

Step 1: Choose Your Destination

The first step in preparing for your camping trip is knowing where you’re going. The area you choose to camp in will decide several factors for you, such as what foods to bring, who to camp with, and what kind of gear you’ll need.

If you're travelling with large amounts of luggage you might want to also consider investing in a roof transport system for your car such as a car roof box.

When choosing your destination, make sure you do your due diligence and read up on any rules or regulations the park or campsite may have. These rules can range from making sure you bring bottled water to forbidding personal campfires.

Often, these rules are in place to keep campers happy and safe, so make sure to stay informed and follow them closely!

Step 2: Make Your Reservation

Often, campgrounds will operate on a reservation system. Choosing your campsite at least a week beforehand will help ensure that you’re able to get a spot. Most campsites will have a website where you can call or make your reservation online.

Some campsites also operate on a first come, first serve basis. If that’s the case, prepare to get there early so you can make sure you get a spot.

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Step 3: Gather Your Supplies

The next step is making sure that you pack what you need. Although the specific items you need will depend on what kind of trip you are taking, there are certain items that you will need for any camping trip. These items boil down to 5 categories:

Water: We need at least a gallon of water a day, so make sure you always have at least that much packed. If you know you’re going into an area where there will be water, bringing a water purifying system can help cut down on how much water you carry.

Food: When packing food, make sure you pack lightweight, nutritionally dense meals. Avoid bringing canned foods, or transfer contents into lighter packaging. Bringing meals that just need hot water, like instant oatmeal, is usually a good idea.

A Cooking System: When out in the wild, make sure you know exactly how you’re going to cook. If campsites allow fires, great! You can cook your meal over an open flame. However, it’s usually a good idea to bring some kind of lightweight camping stove in case you get rained out. In addition, make sure you bring enough silverware and dishes for everyone going camping!

First Aid: It’s important to be ready for anything in the wild. Before setting out, make sure that everyone has all medications they might need. Common first aid kit essentials include allergy medicine, paracetamol, cortisone, sunscreen, and bandages.

Shelter: You want to know what’s better than sleeping under the stars? Not being rained on. Make sure that you always bring shelter suitable for the environment you’re camping in. If it’s supposed to rain, make sure you bring a tent with a tarp. If it’s an area with lots of mosquitos, bug netting is a must. This applies to clothing as well. Make sure you dress appropriately.

Step 4: Check Your Supplies

There’s nothing worse than realizing your tent got ripped during your last camping trip. Before you go out into the wild, be sure to check all of your gear to make sure it’s functional and working. A simple pretend camping trip in the backyard is enough to make sure your equipment works and is fun for the whole family!

Step 5: Have Fun!

Although it’s important to be prepared while camping, remember that you’re there to have fun! Once you’re ready to go, get out there and enjoy the wild!

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