Best Tips for Camping – My List For 2020

Is your next camping trip approaching fast? well, it’s time to start planning, these few best tips for camping will come in handy. If you put your list together this will result in a smooth and wonderful time away from home.

So put together some tips of your own that may help with the success and happy memories of that trip. There’s nothing like sitting by an open fire roasting marshmallows, telling stories, and just being together with family and friends.

These are moments that make precious memories that last a lifetime, as well as other family memories, can be made while spending quality time together outdoors.

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1. Plan your trip well.

Planning and organizing your next trip would be well served by a list of items that can be checked off along the way.

As you dust off the old camping equipment and start to think about what you have to do, it can become quite an exciting process.

No matter If you’re planning a trip alone, with a partner or with your family, don’t wait until the last minute to load the gear then just head off to a campground.

Instead, plan your trip well in advance, check to see that you have got the necessary equipment and that it’s working correctly.

Using a checklist as you gather your stuff together will assure you that the gear you require is with you and working.

Planning ahead and using these best tips for camping, gives you plenty of time to get ready and you’ll be glad you did.

2. Book a campsite ahead of time.

Once you have decided on a good location, getting agreement from others or your partner and family, and making sure everyone is on the same page, you will need to go ahead and make an appointment.

This is important as you don’t want to turn up at the camp and there are no vacant spots available. Check the websites of major national parks where you intend to go camping

Call up the campsite or go online and book your spot. Pay attention to details like cancellation policy, rules around pets, curfews, and other details.

If a fire is a must make sure they are allowed and no bans or restrictions are in place in your time allotted. Make sure everyone can enjoy themselves with the available facilities.

3. Choose a campground that fits your needs.

If a campsite is a “party” campsite but you’re going for a relaxing vacation with your wife it probably isn’t the best one to choose.

Also look at other details you want in a campsite like swimming, shower and toilet facilities, campfire rules and how close it is to a town if you need to restock on supplies. Do your research. Also, good to read reviews.

4. Use your checklist to get your gear organized.

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You have your list of everything you’ll need to bring, so check it off once you pack it in the vehicle.

This can be everything from a plastic water jug, multi-tool, and hatchet to a compass, a change of shoes, toiletries, and towels. The list should have all the equipment you will require.

Remember to include back-up supplies too like waterproof matches, a lighter, phone and extra batteries for lights, etc. You also want to bring a tarp and rope, also good to have some small wire and a roll of duct tape and a few zippy ties.

5. Remember any special equipment.

If you’re planning on doing any rock climbing, surfing or other activities make sure to bring everything you need for that as well.

Being organized will make everything much easier and result in a way better camping
trip. Emergencies do happen during camping, although unlikely be sure to pack a good First Aid Kit.

6. Check your gear.

Shelter and good bedding, as well as a good camping stove to cook those delicious meals your family will need, are all important items. Check they all work and are in good condition before leaving home.

You should always have a way of contacting emergency services while at the campsite. Mobile phones can prove useless if signals in some sites are poor.

But, it is sometimes possible to make emergency calls for help whenever you need it. Think, should you leave details of your proposed movements with a responsible person or with authorities.

7. Bring the right clothing.

It can get cold at night even in the summer so bring a set of warm clothes and jumpers. Bring plenty of light summer clothing, bathing suit, hat, the right shoes and plenty of socks and underwear.

It may be hard to access washing facilities at a campground so it’s always best to bring a lot of what you go through quickly like socks and underwear.

8. Take summer camping to the next level, a fridge, and a fan.

There are some well-priced and high-quality portable fans you can bring on your trip. If the weather gets really humid and hot you can crank it up. Another great item to consider is a small portable 12v fridge.

9. Bring some cash.

Having a small amount of cash on hand will ensure you’re prepared for any extra little costs that pop up or paying a park warden on the spot if you decide to stay extra days camping. Once again it’s about being prepared.

10. Bring insect spray and sunscreen.

Insects can turn what should be a nice trip, into a nightmare so come with plenty of insect repellent in your car flies are annoying but Mozzies and Sandflies can be the end of a good time.

Insects like water, so there are usually more of them near marshy and wetlands or still water bodies. sometimes a good idea to move a little distance away from the edge.

And if you’re out there laying by the lake, on the beach or sitting in a deck chair, be sun smart and bring plenty of sunscreens as well. Another way a trip can be ruined is by getting a nasty sunburn.

11. Plan fun day trips and hikes.

Once you’re all set up and relaxing it can be fun to do special day trips around the area and hikes. Plan them out ahead of time so you know various side adventures.

Hiking is great fun, swimming and other activities that will make your camping trip even more enjoyable.

12. Bring board games and extra items for fun activities.

Little extras like board games (Scrabble, anyone?), badminton rackets, and cards can make a camping trip even better. They don’t take up much space but they can be a world of fun. It doesn’t always have to be electronic devices, does it?

13. Plan your menu.

Prepare the ingredients for some meals beforehand, for convenience. Cooking might not be that simple even if you do have a portable stove, but I know it will be much easier with some dishes half cooked from home or at least half prepared.

If you have some items cooked and just needing to be reheated, it will make mealtime more enjoyable plus there are fewer dishes to be cleaned. This is one of my best tips for camping.

14. Is your health up to the trip.

Discuss with your medical professional before you leave if you have any health problems. If you have any type of medical issue, no matter how minor, and you think you may struggle, you should always discuss camping with a medical professional beforehand.

He or she can tell you about important things you may not have thought about for your trip that can affect your health in a harmful way. Maybe only one small thing needs to be done that won’t interfere but will make your camping trip less dangerous for you.

15. Inclement weather.


You should be ready to encounter inclement weather. You may end up spending a lot of time indoors if it rains. This doesn’t have to mean a ruined trip! Indoor activities can help pass a rainy time inside and allow you to have fun.

Begin by checking the weather forecast for the particular area you intend to camp in and be sure to bring a quality family tent like the Coleman Evanston 8P tent. 

16. Lighting.

Be sure you have good lighting with you as this will certainly make a huge difference to the comfort level of your trip, also adding to the security of your campsite.

Good LED lighting available today is inexpensive, compact, and very robust, while the light produced by some is as good as that from an electric bulb.

17. What’s your best tip.question mark button

I’m sure you’ll have your own list of your best tips for camping, and if you would like to share them here, I’d like to hear them.

Please leave a comment below on your best tips.

Remember, Leave it cleaner than you found it, only footprints not rubbish.



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