Choose your campsite-
The last thing you want when going camping for the first time is to arrive somewhere that you are not allowed to camp or somewhere you haven’t done much research into and as it turns out it isn’t the ideal camping spot that you hoped for.
As you are a beginner camper it is a good idea to look for somewhere that is near a local town and with high-quality facilities, such as a toilet and shower. The local town will be handy for places to eat and buy supplies in case you forget anything.
Also, keep in mind if you want somewhere to be considered ‘ child-friendly’ or if dogs are allowed.
Purchase your tent-
When purchasing your tent it’s a good idea to get one that it one or two sizes bigger than the number of people that you plan on using it. The reason for this is so that you have space to store your gear whilst still having enough comfortable space to sleep. Tents come in all shapes and sizes so if you’re still unsure which tent is right for you to take a look at our tent guide. Or check out some of the tents below.
9 PERSON TENT
This is a 9 person tent so perfect for families, comes with a lot of storage space and also an electrical cord access port. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
2 PERSON TENT
Going camping on your own? Then how about this 2 people bestseller which is perfect for beginners as it only takes 10 minutes to put up and is easy to do so. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
4 PERSON TENT
If you’re looking for a bit more space, but not 9 people sized tent amount of space, then this will be the perfect tent for you. Watch the video were the did rain and wind tests on the tent compared to a competitors HERE!
Purchase your sleeping bags-
Picking the right sleeping bag is essential to a good nights sleep as temperatures can drop at night, no matter what time of year you go. Look at the temperature rating in comparison to the time of year/season that you will be going to ensure optimum temperature for the time of year you choose to camp. Still not sure what sleeping bag will be right for you? Click here to check out our more in-depth guide or check out the recommended sleeping bags below.
MUMMY SLEEPING BAG
This mummy sleeping bag comes with a three-piece hood for a nice snug fit, soft breathable double lining and a limited lifetime warranty. Here are the sleeping bags comfort and extreme ratings.
COUPLES SLEEPING BAG
This roomy for two sleeping bag is perfect for those camping couples who just can’t bare to sleep apart! Breathable, waterproof and lightweight this sleeping bag is great for first-time camper couples. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
LIGHTWEIGHT SUMMER SLEEPING BAG
Practice pitching your tent-
It’s important to practice pitching your tent before you go camping. You don’t want to get out into the middle of nowhere only to find that you have no idea how to pitch your tent. It also means that if there are any problems you can fix them at home rather then in the middle of a woods!
Have a practice camp-
By having a practice camp out in your garden you will be able to gauge how many layers you need and what other equipment might be handy. To make it a full of camping experience you can even cook outside although I wouldn’t recommend starting a fire in your garden so instead here is some cooking equipment you could use.
Setting up the campsite-When pitching your tent make sure it is facing its back to the wind. This will ensure the tent stays warmer. You also want to make sure it is placed on an even ground clear of any debris because this will really affect your quality of sleep as you will feel bumps through the tent.
Make a camping essential list-
If you are a beginner you are properly not sure of the equipment that you will need. If you are hiking for miles you won’t want to be carrying a lot. To help you out I picked the camping essentials that everyone needs to take, along with some added bonuses if you have the room and won’t be travelling far. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CAMPING LIST ESSENTIALS.
Plan your meals beforehand-
It is advisable that for beginner campers you camp somewhere that is near a town so in case all goes wrong you can always pop into some shops or a pub for some food *cheating I know* If you are determined to camp “properly” that the best course of action for you to take is to plan meals ahead of time. Make sure you check with your campsite if you’re allowed campfires and if not there are many portable cookers that come in handy in this situation. I’ve listed the best ones below in the order of price cheapest—>most expensive.
WOOD BURNING STOVE
Great stove for those beginner campers! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
This stove is small and easy to travel with so great if you are planning on travelling long distances. It can be automatically ignited meaning there is no need for matches or lighters-perfect for a beginner. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
DUAL BURNER CAMPING GRILL
If you are serious about spending a majority of time out camping or perhaps will have a whole family to feed this grill will be perfect for you. It is easy to carry, set up and transport; and weighs 22 pounds. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE