Best Camping Tips for Every Camper

Aug 14th 2022

Camping isn’t for everyone. Not every person is willing to get rid of their home’s luxury and comfort to sleep in a tent and embrace the minimalist lifestyle that camping requires.

However, there are some people that are not completely against the idea of camping, but they are just reluctant to do it or they are struggling with “the fear of the unknown”.

But once you have decided to set out on a camping trip, there are various tips you should keep in mind to avoid any inconvenience and be prepared in every aspect of camping life.

The list of camping tips can actually be never-ending, as every camper’s unique experience enriches it with more and more tips.

Here’s an indicative, handy list of the basic camping tips that works as an introduction to the principles of camping. Especially first-timers will find these camping tips and tricks extremely useful.

Camping Tips in General

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1. Choose the campsite carefully

If free camping is out of the question for you, a campsite is the best choice, especially for first-timers or those who want to go camping with young children. Search the campsites around the area you want to visit and decide which is the best one in terms of location, accommodation- as some of them alternatively offer rental caravans or bungalows as well- and in terms of the facilities and amenities provided.

Other campsites might even have a playground, cafes, shops or a swimming pool. Choose the one that suits your needs and tastes and book it well in advance to avoid any inconvenience.

2. Be discreet and respectful of the neighbors’ privacy

As in campsites there are many tents and people around, you must be polite, but also discreet and respectful of their privacy. Although you might see it as a chance to socialize, there are some people who crave relaxation and quietness.

3. Pay attention to order when packing your car

When you pack your car, you should put things in order and prioritize what you are going to need first to make everything easier. Keep your tent and the necessary equipment easily accessible, so that you won’t have to unpack everything or search the entire car to find them.

4. Don’t forget a portable charger

Although camping is all about getting away from it all, you should keep some electronic devices or mobile phones charged in case of an emergency or simply in order to take some pictures. There are some electric pitches available in most campsites, but when you are away exploring the area and you need a device for navigation, a portable charger will be useful.

Meal Planning Tips

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1. Take some meals that don’t require cooking

A rainy day, a defective camping stove or simply boredom and exhaustion are some reasons you might not be able or willing to cook anything. So, make sure you have packed some meals that don’t need cooking. Prepare a variety of snacks at home and keep them in a cool box.

2. Always cook outside your tent

To avoid a fire risk, you should always cook outside your tent. Cooking outdoors also requires caution, especially when you are in a forest, but the fire risk and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning that can happen inside your tent are reduced to a great extent.

3. Take rubbish bags and dispose of leftovers carefully

Don’t litter the campsite with food waste and try to respect the environment as much as possible. It’s your responsibility to gather all your rubbish or leftovers and put them in rubbish bags to throw them in the campsite’s bins. If you don’t do so, you may also encounter some insects or even animals that will be in search of food.

4. Buy a big water container

If you take a large water container with you, you won’t have to walk to a water tap all the time in order to fetch some water. In this way, you can also refill your water bottles many times or use some water to wash your hands or cutlery.

Tent and Sleeping Tips

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1. Buy a comfortable sleeping bag and pillow

As your sleeping bag is camping’s number one essential item so that you can keep warm and sleep well, buying a comfortable one of good quality is wise. Also, you can take a camping pillow that is practical and can offer you a great night’s sleep.

2. Always buy a bigger tent than needed

When you have to decide about the tent’s size, always choose one that is bigger than the number of people that will sleep in it. In this way, you will have enough space to keep your camping items stored, but also move around easily without feeling suffocated.

3. Start pitching the tent during daylight hours

If you find it difficult to pitch your tent -especially if you are a new camper- or if you simply want to enjoy the whole procedure to the fullest, you should arrive at the campsite during daylight hours and not in the evening.

4. Use a mallet for the tent pegs

Avoid using your shoes to push the tent pegs into the ground. It’s dangerous because you might get injured, but you might also bend the tent pegs and render them useless. So, don’t forget to bring a mallet to keep the pegs appropriately rooted in the ground.

Clothing Tips

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1. Use waterproof containers for your clothes

Especially in winter, waterproof containers are extremely useful because you can store your clothes and ensure that you will always keep them dry. Another idea is to put your clothes in the sleeping bag to keep them warm as well.

2. Take an umbrella with you

Rainy weather can be quite disturbing, particularly when it occurs unexpectedly. So, except for the waterproofs, you should not forget to pack a compact umbrella to be prepared for any unpleasant weather surprises.

3. Take some warm clothes and waterproofs

Regardless of the season you go camping, you should take some warm clothes, like jackets, trousers and jumpers with you, in case of adverse weather conditions and in order to have some spare dry clothes.

4. Check the weather forecast

Although weather forecasts are not very accurate sometimes because the weather is often unpredictable, you should check the weather forecast at least one day before your trip and get the gist of what clothes you need to pack.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is it important to follow the list of camping tips?

Especially for new campers, camping tips prove to be really useful, as they help them be well-prepared to deal with minor or major issues that might arise during their camping trip.

There is also a range of tips concerning every little detail of the camping trip that might seem useless, but if you know them, your trip can become far more relaxing and comfortable.

2. Are there any extra tips for solo camping?

Camping tips are essential to follow whether you go camping with family or alone. However, as for solo camping, there are some extra tips to guide you how to ensure your safety.

● First of all, don’t overestimate your abilities and remember that no-one will be there to rescue you if you are injured. So you should take some notes of the places near your camping site in case you need to find some medical assistance.

● Beware of wild animals and bad weather conditions. You should be equipped with the necessary protective gear to defend yourself and check the weather conditions of the place well in advance.

● Beware of potential criminals at night. Take a personal alarm device with you, keep your mobile’s battery charged all the time and select a place that is not completely isolated to put up your tent.

● Don’t panic. In any of the aforementioned cases, you must keep yourself calm and avoid acting irrationally.

If you are a new camper, you can Book a Campsite at Erodios Camping in Pylos of Greece and explore the real camping experience, as the basic amenities and facilities are provided to help you enjoy your holidays rather than worry about everything!

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