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How to Camp in a Tent for the First Time : Camping For Dummies

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All first timers are usually pretty anxious about trying about a new thing such as camping in a tent or venturing out into the wild for a bit of an adventure. Now as far as camping is concerned, it does take some effort to set it up, especially when you do not have any prior experience. It is best if you take an experienced person along but if this is not feasible, then just make sure you adhere to the following tips and you should be able to set up camp without a lot of hassles.

Camp in a Tent for the First Time

Camping Checklist:

Camping is for the outdoors where homely environment and comfort should be the last thing on your mind. But you can get some comfort. Just make sure you have the following things with you.

  • Shelter
    • Tent (preferably an all-inclusive kit)
    • Cloth for spreading on the ground
    • Poles, ropes and stakes (make sure you bring along extra stakes just in case you need them)
    • Hammer
    • Axe
    • Door mat
    • Brush and dust pan
  • Bedding
    • Sleeping bag (this is a must if you need good sleep in the outdoors)
    • Pillow (optional)
    • Sheets and Blankets (if you are camping in a place where night temperatures drop)
    • Inflatable air mattress (preferably with a motor pump or an electric pump, but you could get a manual pump as well)
    • Essentials and repair kit for the air mattress
    • Utility bags for storing your stuff
  • Cooking
    • A cooking kit with stove and fuel (you should be able to procure this from any camping retail outlet
    • Utensils (keep them only as per necessities as there is no need to be fine diner out in the woods)
    • Fire starters
    • Dish washing soap
    • Containers
    • Tongs
  • Clothes
    • Casual clothes
    • Jackets
    • Hiking boots
    • Flip flops (for wearing inside the tent)
    • Rain gear
    • Laundry bag
    • Towels
    • Underwear
  • Resources
    • Bring along adequate water with you and also keep contingency measures to collect and purify water that you get from the natural environment.
    • Food resources should be capable of surviving the duration that you wish to camp. Don’t bring along anything that can get spoilt if exposed to normal conditions for long times.
    • Get all of your personal hygiene products with you.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Bring along any survival gear that you think could be required such as compass, survival whistle, flare gun, etc.
    • Get some form of entertainment such as musical instruments, books, radio.
    • Don’t forget to bring along extra batteries, bulbs, etc.
    • Bug repellents are an absolute must.
    • Camping knives and other basic gear
    • Ropes
    • Anything else that you might personally require.
  • First Aid
    • Personal medications
    • Bandages
    • Cotton
    • Antibiotics
    • Bee sting kit
    • Adhesive tapes
    • First aid manual

Camping Tips for Newbies:

With the camping essentials checklist taken care of, let’s come to the tips that you should follow when camping for the first time.

  • The tent comes with a setup manual so that would not be difficult to manage. You would have to check the level of the ground on which you are planning to put up the tent. Make sure that it is almost levelled and if you have no choice other than making use of what you have, then try to position your head higher than your feet while sleeping or lying down. Also check the moisture levels of the ground. It should dry or else you could run into problems while setting up the tent. Another thing to keep in mind is that the base of the tent should be clear of twigs, branches, rocks or other debris. Having a clear ground helps to ensure maximum comfort for the campers.
  • Bring along extra stakes and place them firmly so that the tent stays erect and is stretched out properly to allow comfortable movement inside it. But do not put up the stakes too firmly or they could distort the tent.
  • Check the area for safety indications and make a perimeter with adequate alarms so that you are aware if anything approaches your camping grounds.
  • While leaving / entering the tent, always zip up the entrance. You would not want bugs to come inside the tent. Not only do they stink a lot, but if you have to spend a night with mosquitoes sucking your blood out, then it would be a horrifying experience.
  • Speaking of bugs, keep those bug repellents handy and use them sparingly. Prevention is definitely better than cure so you would not want to suffer the agony that usually accompanies vicious bug bites.
  • Some tents come equipped with rain fly sections which allow adequate ventilation but keeps the water out during rainy conditions. This is really convenient considering that you won’t have to put up rain fly sections when it is raining.
  • You must have brought along flip flops with you. Keep them inside the tent and wear them as soon as you are about to enter. This will help you to keep the inside section clean.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. If you are planning to be away from the campsite for a long time, or you are preparing for sleep, extinguish the fire and check it just to be sure.

Some Final Words of Advice

Camping for the first is an awesome experience. All it needs is a little preparation, some confidence and you are ready to head onto the some of the best moments in your life. If you plan on going on a long road trip then it would be better if you can arrange a caravan or a motorhome. By installing caravan annexes or awnings, you can have an instant personal space wherever you travel without having to pack up and set up these things from scratch. Motorhomes are practically mobile homes so everything travels with you. But if you crave adventure and hiking is your style, then just follow the suggestions and checklist and you should have no troubles while camping for the first time.

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Comments

Sep 27, 2014 4:39am
shar-On
Good tips and suggestions for first time travelers setting up their tents. Rated up from another ozzie
Sep 28, 2014 11:38pm
dannysmith
Thanks
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