Wednesday, 20 November 2019

A TRAVEL BLOGGER'S GUIDE TO CAMPING

A TRAVEL BLOGGER'S GUIDE TO CAMPING



Welcome back, my loves. Can you believe that it's already November? We've had snow, we've had rain and even some sun. What haven't we had yet? Camping. 

Today's post is going to dive into the wonderful world of camping. To keep things simple we'll be focusing primarily on tent camping. This is my favourite way to camp. Subscribe and let me know what other types of camping you'd like to hear about.

Index:

Step 1: What is tent camping?


Step 2: Picking a location.


  • Location, Length of Trip, Facilities, Weather and Gear


Step 3: Packing.


Step 4: Fun camping activities checklist.



STEP 1: What is a tent camping? 

For my viewers out there who might not be aware of what camping (with a tent) is:

What is camping?


camp·ing
/╦łkampiNG/
noun
  1. the activity of spending a vacation living in a camp, tent, or camper.


What is a tent?


tent1
/tent/
noun
  1. a portable shelter made of cloth, supported by one or more poles and stretched tight by cords or loops attached to pegs driven into the ground.
  

STEP 2: Pick your location

The great thing about camping in a tent is that you can do it practically anywhere. Want to camp in your living room? No problem! Want a staycation in your garden? That can be arranged! Want to camp in the local grocery store parking lot? Okay, so probably not, that's more for RV's and trailers. You can, however, camp in the mountains and many other approved outdoor locations.

Things to consider when camping:



  • Location / Length


Before you start planning your trip, you should consider the length of your stay.  Should you bring everything you own with you if you're going camping for one to two nights? Probably not. Before you start packing from our awesome Camping Checklist (bottom of page) you will need to consider the length of your stay. 

  • How long will you be staying?
A longer trip means more items to pack but also more time to take in nature. Make sure you are prepared with plenty of activities, food and other resources.
  • Will there be shower and toilet facilities nearby?
YES - Excellent. Find out exactly where the facilities are located as to book your spot appropriately. You might not want to be right outside the bathrooms but you also don't want to be a few minute walk away either. Especially if you need to pee after dark!

NO - This location might be better for someone with an RV or trailer with a toilet. Find out where the nearest facilities are and determine if it's worth it, how long you'll be going (you can probably go without a shower for a few days) and if there is a better campsite more suited to tenting nearby.

  • What's the weather going to be like?
Are you camping near the mountains or are you going to be somewhere warmer? Knowing the weather forecast will ensure that you pack appropriately for your trip. Road conditions, weather and temperature are all very important to consider.

  • What gear do I have and what do I need?
If you haven't done much camping before and don't have much gear, or a small budget, you might want to plan your trip around what you do have. Spending a bunch of money on gear when you might only go once a season isn't in everyone's budget.

STEP 3: Packing

This is probably my favourite section. 

Extra tip: If you have more questions about preparing for your specific area government websites often have a camping section dedicated to keeping people safe in their region.

*Not necessary
**Necessary for outdoor camping

BASICS (INDOOR AND OUTDOOR)

1. Tent

2. Tent Pegs

2. Sleeping Bag (Bedding)

3. Flashlight / Headlamp (Battery Powered) with extra batteries**

4. Tarp (Preferably two - one for under your tent, one to put on your picnic table to keep it dry.**

5. Chapstick

7. Pillow

BASICS (OUTDOOR)

8. Sleeping pad / Air Mattress*

9. Rope / Cord

10. Duct tape

11. Water proof bag

12. Waterproof matches and lighter

13. Axe (Cutting wood)

KITCHEN (GEAR AND FOOD)

You should ideally plan your meals beforehand so you know the right quantities and items that you will need. Below are some general items.

1. Mess kit (plate, mug, bowl, utensils) x 1 per person

2. Camp Stove* with fuel*

3. Cutting board

4. Large bowl (1-3)

5. Pots and pans (FIRE SAFE, NOT STOVE QUALITY)

6. Utensils (Spatula, Large Spoon, Strainer, Tongs)

7. Oven mitt

8. Dishpan or large Tupperware container (Washing dishes)

9. Clamp grip or pot grip

10. Cooler

11. Biodegradable dishwashing soap (Dispose in sinks and drains, not lakes or the ground.)

12. Can opener

13. Paper towels or cloths.

14. Garbage bags

15. Aluminum foil

16. Hotdog / marshmallow sticks

FIRST AID (SAFETY FIRST)

16. First-Aid Kit
22. Deodorant
  • Hiking Boots
  • Running Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Baseball cap / Winter Hat
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof jacket, long underwear, pants, shirts, jacket and hoodies.
  • Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, etc.
STEP 4:  Fun Camping Activities Checklist


17. Insect Repellent

18. Sunscreen

19. Whistle

20. Tweezers

21. Aloe gel

23. Pocket Knife

24. Compass

PERSONAL ITEMS (HYGIENE)


23. Feminine Hygiene Products

24. Medication (Any medication that you need.)

25. Advil

26. Toothbrush and Toothpaste (Don't use the river and always get rid of water responsible into a drain or sink)

27. Shampoo and Condition (Don't use the river and always get rid of water responsible into a drain or sink)

28. Hand sanitizer

29. Wet wipes

30. Small plastic mirror

31. Extra glasses or contacts

PERSONAL ITEMS (CLOTHING, ETC)

This section depend on length of trip and personal preference.

27. Change of clothes

28. Shoes

29. Accessories

30. Undergarments

31. Clothes for the weather conditions. (You should try to have at least a few items for if the weather changes. Always keep a jacket, hoody and extra items for the cold nights.)

32. Bathing Suit (See below)

33. Lifejacket


      1. Make s'mores.

a dessert consisting usually of toasted marshmallow and pieces of chocolate bar sandwiched between two graham crackers (dictionary definition)

2. Swimming / Kayaking / Canoeing / Paddleboating (USE LIFEJACKETS)








SO WHAT ARE YOUR CAMPING TRIP MUST HAVES? COMMENT BELOW YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF CAMPING!


XOXO, 

Susan




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