How to Go Camping For The First Time

July 9, 2015 by CorinnaHenderson | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

First Time CamperGetting out into the great outdoors can have some amazing benefits. It can help to make you healthier through physical exercise, get you outside of a crowded city and if you are going with your family it can help to get all of you away from those pesky electronic devices that tend to rule our lives. However for the beginner camper it can be hard to figure out where to start. Luckily if you work at it a bit and have some basic knowledge of your area learning where and how to camp can be a breeze. In the following article we will go over some of the basic steps that you need to take to successfully go camping for the first time.

Why Go Camping?

Camping can help you to get in touch with nature and get away from it all for a little bit. While vacations in tropical destinations like Mexico or Hawaii can be very pricy you can go camping in your local area for little to money. Camping also allows you to save money on the food and beverages you bring since you will not be at the mercy of hotel room service. Most importantly when you go camping you are able to enjoy the great outdoors in peace and serenity.

How to Decide on a Camp Site?

Choosing the right camp site for your group is the most important decision you can make. You have to take into account factors like distance, weather, and the ability of people in your party to hike. Basically use common sense. If you are camping with very young children or elderly people it is best to choose a campground that is more accessible. If you are going out for a weekend with the guys you may be able to choose some rougher terrain. Driving distance is another big thing to worry about- depending on how far you want to drive there are many different environments available from beaches to forests.

How to Pack Correctly

Packing is the second most important part of planning a camping trip. What you pack is determined by where you are going. If you are headed for a bonfire on the California coast it might be better to pack swimwear and stuff for a fire. If you are heading into the deep woods of Oregon you are going to want to pack more survival oriented supplies such as firestarter, water, and extra food or even a good portable generator made suitable for camping. Packing clothing is also an issue. If you are planning on going somewhere cold you should consider packing heavy and vice versa for a hot climate.

Choosing and packing for a camping trip is not that hard. If you use common sense and stick to known places and paths you should have a fantastic time out in the wilderness.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Fulltime Camper

July 3, 2015 by CorinnaHenderson | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

camping-tripThere are many beautiful and rewarding things about wanderlusting across the United States. Especially with everything you own in a camper attached to a truck. On the other hand, as with all things, it has its down sides as well. Besides from being away from many of my friends and family, there were things specific to the life that I really wish someone would have told me before I set out on this adventure. I am sharing those things with you below.

1. Every campground, every where it seems is book for every holiday except Thanksgiving and Christmas so it is very crucial to plan ahead and book accordingly. Otherwise you will be boon-docking or otherwise dry camping. The other alternative is back to the sticks and bricks of family and friends or that of a hotel room.

2. Bug spray is essential. It should be sprayed anywhere and everywhere that it can be. It should be sprayed on both your camper and your truck or RV. This includes the electrical cord and area entering the back of your camper or RV. This includes your entire campsite and yourself. If possible you should keep a can attached to you at all times. Ok I might be over exaggerating but it is definitely an essential.

3. You do not have to spend $5 a roll on RV toilet paper. Contrary to popular belief you must buy that fancy smancy special toilet paper designed just for RV and camper tank system. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Scott single ply will do just fine without damage or issue to your tank.

4. Keep your camera on you or nearby at all times. You will see some of the most amazing things out here. Nature has a beauty all of its own. Some of the characters themselves that you will meet will be picture worthy all on their own as well.

5. There is never enough supplies for smores. This includes marshmallows, Hershey bars, graham crackers, firewood and sticks to roast marshmallows on. Remember sticks to roast marshmallows on, this is very important in the making smores process.

Other than those 5 things, life out here living in nature has been very rewarding. I wake up with the birds each morning to watch geese in the river and an owl getting ready to settle in for the day. My nights are new friends and bonfires. The camping life is great, I couldn’t ask for more.