Seasoned novices and beginners alike all over the world every weekend enjoy the simplicity of camping.
The idea of camping to some of you conjures up images that may make you cringe, especially those of you who have never camped as a child or have heard horror stories from friends and relatives, and have unfairly decided never to give it a fair go.
How much effort you put into perfectly planning your camping trip will determine how successful (and enjoyable) your trip will be. Although some of these tasks may seem tedious and tiresome, the more often you put these tasks into practice the more fun you will have doing them.
Here are 30 Things You Must Know Before You Go On Your First Camping Trip:
1. Whilst preparing gather all your camping equipment together and keep adding to it as you think of it.
2. Use storage baskets for your car for easy storage.
3. Store your clothes in sports bags.
4. Make sure all heavy items are secure and are packed at the bottom of your car boot with lighter items on top.
5. Take one prepared meal that can be easily reheated on arrival at your destination.
6. Make sure you have everything you need for a drink stop like tea bags, instant coffee, sugar, milk, cordial, powder, biscuits, a two liter bottle of water, matches, kettle, wet wipes and tea cloth
7. If you are going away for a short trip prepare your hot dishes before you go so that you have more time to relax at your camp site and enjoy yourself.
8. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables.
9. List everything you will eat while you are away.
10. Keep extras of flower for bread and cakes, noodles, rice, beans and lentils.
11. Use long life milk (two to three liters of long life milk per day should be sufficient for a family of two children and two adults as a guide).
12. Try camping in your backyard first, to see how you feel about your tent and sleeping bags etc.
13. Your first camping gear does not have to be expensive. The first thing you must consider when choosing the tent is the size Ie the number of people your tent is going to house. It is important that it keeps you protected from all weather conditions. Bring a piece of ground cloth with you, a piece of plastic that goes under your tent. Make sure you tuck the edges neatly underneath the tent.
14. For each person you will need cutlery and crockery. One fork, knife, teaspoon and dessert spoon should be enough for each person.
15. Take cutlery with you that is old and definitely will not miss if it does not come home with you.
16. Have a serrated edge knife that can also be used as a bread knife.
17. Vegetable peeler and knife.
18. Large serving spoon and wooden spoon.
19. Make sure you have an enamel cup, bowl and plate for every person.
20. Use an enamel plate next to the fire to warm food.
21. Use an enamel plate as a base for food in your camp oven.
22. Keep cutlery and crockery separate by placing them in plastic containers with lids or wrapped in a tea towel in a plastic bag.
23. Metal egg lifter.
24. A large aluminum coffee pot, the larger the better.
25. Barbecue tongs.
26. Egg rings.
27. A small meat mallet.
28. A knife sharpener.
29. Can opener.
30. Bring paper plates in case you are in an area where water is scarce, and be sure to take your rubbish with you.