How to be a Happy Camper

Planning for your first camping trip can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to make sure for your first journey into the wilderness is enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons.

Pick a Type of Camping
Think about what kind of camping experience you want to have. There’s no rule that says your first camping trip has to be the stuff of frontier legends. Do you want to be near beaches, lakes, or mountains? What comfort level are you striving for? If you’re not ready to slumber in a sleeping bag and tent, that’s okay. RV camping and car camping are options for those who want to commune with nature while still having the creature comforts of home.

Pick Your Destination
Once you’ve chosen the type of camping, research campgrounds that cater to those needs. Study the rules on what’s allowed and prohibited, and research travel times to ensure you arrive with enough time to set up your weekend digs and get the most out of your first day.

Research Supplies
Spend time at consumer sites comparing the type of gear you’ll need. If you’re not the type to make lists, you may want to start now. A lot is required for a camping trip, even if it’s only to last a few days. You’ll need to know what kind of gear you’ll need, what your gear will need (batteries, fuel, etc.), clothing appropriate for the weather forecast (for daytime, sleeping, and any planned activities like hiking), and foodstuffs. Then make sure there’s enough for everyone in your camping party. The littlest things are the easiest to forget. Remember to pack the appropriate toiletries and medication.

Camping Menu
Speaking of food, plan your meals and snacks in advance. Choose meals that will be easy to prepare with whatever type of cookware you plan to use: grill, camping stove, etc.

May We Also Suggest…
Don’t have the time, means, or desire to travel too far a campfire experience? Capture the feel by setting up camp in your own backyard with a fire pit or grill. These Campfire Cookies featuring Original Pretzel Crisps® are a sweet treat to enjoy around the fire. Telling ghost stories is optional.