Camping is a memorable experience. Whether bonding as a family or gathering with close friends around the campfire, trips in the trailer or tent are sure to inspire stories for years to come.
In order to make your camping trip easier, and ease some of your fears if you have never done it before, Mark offers the following advice:
- Pack for the season. It can quite chilly in mid-May, especially in the evening. Make sure you have a warm sweater, pants, jacket and appropriate footwear. A warm sleeping bag will be an asset, as will pyjamas. But it can also be quite warm and pleasant in the late spring sunshine. So pack some sunscreen, shorts and flip-flops, a hat — and don’t forget the bug spray.
- Plan your meals. Bacon and eggs are a great camping breakfast, but so is a simple bowl of cereal. Bring some peanut butter or lunch meats for lunches and hot dogs, burgers, or finer cuts of meat — steak, chicken breasts — for dinner. Bring some side dishes like canned vegetables and potatoes. And don’t forget the snacks, particularly for the campfire. Milk chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers — the basics for a smote — are a camping staple.
- Bring utensils. Food is great, but you need something with which you can eat it — and prepare it. Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives are essential, but often overlooked. Scissors will be handy, and pots and pans a necessity.
- Chill out. Chances are you will have perishable food that will need to stay chilled. Invest in a good cooler with ample space. Pack it with heavier, rigid items on the bottom. More delicate things — like eggs — should be near the top. Leave space for the ice, and pour it over everything. You ice will inevitably melt, so make sure to top it up as needed.
- Start a fire. Camping isn’t camping without a campfire, but starting one can be one of the most intimidating aspect of camping. First, make yourself a starter. Grab a toilet paper or paper towel tube from home, and stuff it with dryer lint or old papers. Next, get your wood. Use smaller pieces as kindling to help get the fire started, and then build a pyramid around the flame with the bigger pieces. Remember to extinguish the flames before your call it a night.
- Light it up. Away from the city lights, the night can get pretty dark. Bring a flashlight and extra batteries. You can also make use of glow sticks to mark a path to your tent, or alert passersby to tent stakes and strings that may be a tripping hazard.
Mark Bingeman from Bingemas Camping Resort has even more tips here: