Seven essential steps for planning a camping trip
Thinking about treating yourself to a camping trip? This type of vacation requires a bit of organization; if you take note of the following steps, you’ll have better chances of things running smoothly. 1. Decide what type of camping you like. Do you like sleeping under the stars with wilderness camping? Spending your nights in a hut? Enjoying the comforts of a camper? 2. Choose your campground. Look into the ratings of the different campgrounds in the area you’re planning to visit. Find out which facilities and services are available; is there a children’s playground, swimming pool, tennis courts, laundry or Internet access? Check out some tourism blogs and read previous campers’ reviews on campground websites.
3. Reserve now. The best sites — usually the ones closest to the bathrooms and shorelines — go fast. 4. Make sure you have the necessary equipment. Tarpaulin, headlamp, first-aid kit, kitchen accessories and cooler — depending on your type of camping, the equipment needed will vary. You should be able to carry everything, so think twice about cumbersome or unnecessary objects. 5. Double-check your equipment. Whether it’s new or used, make sure your equipment is in good condition so as to avoid unpleasant surprises when you’re setting up the campsite. 6. Plan your meals. Prepare in advance some meals that can be reheated on-site. Plan a few meals that don’t need to be cooked as well. Visit some camping blogs to get recipe ideas and then buy the necessary groceries. 7. Check the weather forecast. This will allow you to plan weather-appropriate activities and pack suitable clothing. Ready to go? Have a great vacation!