You have toyed with the notion of going camping for a while now. But you are a city dweller and always have been, so going off the beaten track and roughing it out in the wilderness, be it your local national park, is still a grand adventure and undertaking. Simply packing your gear and heading out with a map, is definitely not the best idea if you lack the experience and knowledge. So it is better to take your time and prepare for this kind of adventure, and this article is definitely here to help. A step by step guide to ensure your first wild camping trip goes without a glitch. Let’s start!
Decide on a destination
The first step is deciding where you want to go and how long you want to stay. This decision will dictate the rest, from the gear choice to the food supply. Now if it’s your first time you should definitely consider the best time of the year for such a trip. The best time to go is late spring, early summer, or late summer-early autumn. During these months it is not too hot and not too cold, so you can have ideal camping temperatures. Next is the location. For your first wild camping trip make sure you don’t stray too far off the beaten track.
You should give yourself the option of packing up and heading home in a moment’s notice if you find that the wilderness is to much for you. So for your first destination opt for a national park that has a mapped out camping areas that you can opt for, of course go for a remote one just so you can experience true wild camping and at the same time have your privacy, since that is the point of the whole adventure. Getting away from the daily hustle and bustle and enjoying the calmness of the surrounding nature.
Time to gear up
Since this is your first time, you might tend to go over the top with the gear selection. And there is really no need for that. The first thing is making a list of necessary equipment based on your destination. If you are lucky, you might find a great camping sale and get everything you need at an affordable price. Now, let’s go over the essentials, start with a tent. The best option is to opt for a two-person tent, that is an ideal size and easy to assemble. There are now available tents that come preassembled, all you need to do is unpack them and fasten them to the ground with bolts.
These are ideal for first time campers. And they are also made of durable material that can whitsand rain if that be the case. Next, you need a sleeping bag and a mat. Opt for a thicker more comfortable mat so that you don’t feel the rough ground and can get at least a bit of sleep. For first timers it might be hard getting used to sleeping on the ground. Finally, don’t forget to buy a camping stove. Building a fire might sound fun, but if you are inexperienced it might turn into a disaster, and a stove will ensure you have all you need to prepare food while in the wilderness.
Finally, stock up on food and drinks
Again, we need to stress, don’t go overboard, after all if you want to do some hiking to the designated camping place you will have to carry quite a lot of baggage with you. So pack the essentials. First consider the number of days you intend to stay there. Having canned food you can heat up is always a great option, it is easy to prepare and will help you stay full. In addition, bring enough energy bars so that you can go on longer hickes and keep the energy levels high.
As for drinks, water is a must, you should bring plenty of water, and also check if there are any wells or camping grounds where you can fill up in case you run out. Don’t include various sugary drinks in the supply, not only are they unhealthy but they will also make you more thirsty which is not a good option when you need to ration your food and drinks during your wild camping experience. Don’t forget to include a fully-stocked first aid kit that also has an epi pen in it in case you encounter some not so welcoming critters in the wilderness.
You are all packed up and ready to go. It will definitely be an adventure, but there is nothing quite like unplugging, getting away from the daily hustle and bustle and enjoying some peace and quiet surrounded by untouched stunning nature in all its glory.