We all have to start somewhere, here is some common mistakes beginners make when they first start camping:
Number 1: Not Researching The Location Of Your Campground
Camping should be a fun and relaxing experience, but that won’t happen if you are caught unprepared when you arrive.
Learn everything you can about the place you are headed. Know the weather forecast, conditions, and what facilities are available such as toilets or showers.
It is good to be spontaneous when you go camping, but it also takes a lot of effort, so it’s important to give yourself the best shot at a successful trip. This is especially important if you have a limited time available for your trip.
Doing a bit of research before you head out is important for your camping experience. You don’t have to spend hours on it, but check out a few websites, make a call or send an email. You will find that it helps ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.
Number 2: Failing To Test Equipment Before Leaving Home
Try setting up your tent in your back yard at least once before your trip. Try out your new lantern. Figure out how to work your camp stove.
Testing your equipment while you are still in the comfort of your own home is important. Besides learning how to operate or put together everything, it helps prevent you from broadcasting the fact that you are a novice camper.
Number 3: Relying On Your Campfire Too Much
A roaring campfire is a memorable part of camping, and for many people, it’s one of the highlights of the trip. However if you are new to camping, it is important to understand a few things about open flames before planning on cooking all of your meals over the fire.
Campfires hot enough for cooking can take some time to build. If you want to use a camp oven in your coals, they need to be extremely hot, which takes time. It works wonderfully if you are able to do it, however, if you don’t have a lot of time to get your fire going way before the dinner plan, you should have an alternate method of cooking.
A good option to have as a backup is a BBQ grill. It is also helpful in cases where campfires are not allowed, such as during fire season. Just make sure you get a good BBQ that is made for camping.
Number 4: Choosing Cheap Equipment Over Quality
Many people just starting with camping choose the cheapest items because they are more affordable. However, if you want to camp more often than once per year, you will quickly find yourself needing to upgrade.
Often you will find when you need a tool or piece of equipment most, it breaks or falls apart.
It is understandable if you aren’t able to afford to buy the top brands and equipment, but make sure to take a look at them. You can learn what sets them apart from the cheap stuff, and you never know when you will spot a great sale and snag a deal.
Number 5: Spending A Ton On New Equipment For Your First Trip
Ideally, you will learn from the 4th mistake and make sure the equipment you buy is of good quality.
However, it’s important to remember not to go too crazy buying every bit of equipment available, especially as a beginner.
First of all, if this is your first major camping trip, you may find that not everyone in your party enjoys the experience and wants to go again. This leaves you with a bunch of unused and unwanted items.
It can be tempting to grab every clever gadget you spot or fancy kitchenware especially designed for camping, however, you can often do without these extra expenses. There are a lot of camping gear that just isn’t necessary for short camping trips.
Next, it will take you a few camping trips to figure out exactly what you need and what you don’t.
Take the time to choose quality necessities, but avoid too many luxuries. For example, a portable potty may be a luxury for adults camping, but if you have young children, it’s a necessity.
You can find checklists online to use when buying camping equipment, and some are so packed with unnecessary gear that it is surprising anyone can manage to fit it all in their vehicle.