Now I know what you’re telling yourself..I’d really like to camp, it looks funny, but I have no idea how to camp, what to bring or what to expect. There are a few things you really have to determine before you can figure out what you need to do to prepare for your camping holiday. Answering the following basic questions will help you find your location.
1. what type of camping have you chosen? Did you want to go to the motorhome camp? Camper/Trailer Camp? Tent camp? Backpack/hiking camp? Canoe/kayak camp?
Determining the type of camping you want to do can help you determine what kind of equipment and expertise is required. For example, you would need a completely different type of equipment for RV camping versus hiking camping.
RV camping (or recreational vehicle camping) is most likely like living at home because you bring a furnished vehicle that you basically live with you. You can make your motorhome as comfortable as you want it to be. Everything you need from home can most likely be brought along in your motorhome. All you really need to think about is what food and personal items you want to fill it with. This type of camping is usually for people who don’t like to be “rough” but also like to be social since many times RVs are parked pretty close together or in similar areas. Although there are some normal maintenance items with motorhomes, you basically park them and live in them.
Camper or trailer camping is just one step more robust than RV camping. Many times campers or trailers have no showers or toilets, unlike most campers. Depending on the motorhome or trailer, there may also be no refrigerator included. In general, camper or caravan camping is more for people who don’t like sleeping on the ground or worrying about bad weather, but still, want to be out there.
Tent camping is generally more for people who want to “rough it up”. Tent camping requires that you think about all your basic needs in advance (food, hygiene, toilet needs, shelter, night vision, warmth). There are actually different levels of tent camping. Some people like to bring a tent and shop for all their needs, while others like to camp in more remote areas outside the city. Packing for a camping trip can be time-consuming as you have to imagine everything you need.
Backpacking or hiking camping is something more for experienced campers. Think about it…. everything you think you will need, you must be able to buckle your back and carry it for a whole stretch. You must be able to pack well and pack easily!
Canoe/kayak camping is similar to hiking camping in terms of packaging, but you need to add another element. You have to make sure that everything is waterproof. Canoe/kayak camping would be for the more experienced camper and of course for people who know how to canoe and/or kayak.
Recommendations for camping situations:
RV Camping – Shop around and do research before you decide to buy an RV. Talk to people who already own them and ask them what they like and what they don’t like about their model. Go to the RV dealers and go through a bunch of them. Maybe, go as far as renting a motorhome on a little trip to see what you do or don’t like about RV camping.
Camper/Trailer Camping – Since there may be no amenities like a fridge, more setup and foresight is required. You will most likely need to buy one or two coolers to keep your food and drinks refrigerated. You may also need to think about generators if you want to operate electrical appliances. Although you may have beds in your RV, you may need to pack bed linen.
Tent camping – Think of the type of tent camping you would like to do. Does my tent have to be light? Waterproof? Wind stable? What tent size do I need (family size or just for me)? On which terrain will I camp? A good camping tent can make all the difference on your trip.
Rucksack/Wandercamping – Keep an eye on light supplies as you will have to carry them all. Equipment research for lighter, sturdier hiking backpacks is a good idea. Always check in advance whether the area where you want to hike and camp allows this. Be careful not to “trespass” on signs and signs.