November 4th, 2019 | Updated on June 30th, 2022
Camping is not exactly rocket science, but it does take some planning and know-how. If you have never camped before, you can’t just grab a backpack and go.
You need to learn how to prepare and multitask to have a successful camping trip. There are also different types of camping. Picking a type of camping that fits your personality and wants is part of the fun when you are just starting out.
It doesn’t need to be a daunting thing to learn how to camp, but to get you pointed in the right direction, we wrote this article. In it, you will have some food for thought for when you are planning your first trip.
1. Find Your Tribe
No matter what type of hiking you are interested in, you will be able to find others who share their love for that particular brand.
Free hikers, glampers and wild campers all have communities. Look online for forums or even join a camping club if you have one in your area.
When you find the type of camping you are most interested in, then you will find people that will help you on your journey.
People love to share tips and tricks and will help you learn through their mistakes.They are all out there, you just need to find them.
2. Decide On The Type Of Camping
When you are just starting out camping, it is probably best to keep it simple in the beginning. Stay at a campground in a tent where you have access to water, electricity and bathrooms. This way you can get a feel for if you like sleeping in a tent or not.
You may also want to rent a camper for the first few times. You can see if you even like being out in nature when you have a reasonably comfortable bed to sleep in.
Once you decide you want to pursue the camping life, then you can branch out a bit.
3. Wild Camping
When most people think of camping, they think of pitching a tent out in the woods or mountains with nothing but pure nature around you.
This is wild camping and takes some skill to do it right.
The first thing to consider is how legal wild camping is where you plan to go. You can’t just set up a tent wherever you feel like it.
Some of the benefits of wild camping are that it is free, you can really be alone and you’re really bonding with nature. The downsides are that you have to be very organized and self-sufficient and if you find yourself in trouble it can be hard to get help.
There is a camping style out there for everybody. From glamping with comfy beds and fine wine to rustic off-grid survivalist style camping.
Once you find the right fit, then it just becomes a matter of planning ahead and then getting out and doing it.
The most important thing is to have fun!