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First Time Camper Questions Answered

First Time Camper Questions Answered

First Time Camper Questions Answered

Your first camping experience is a life-changing milestone, frequently accompanied by bewilderment and misjudgments that is half the fun, right? For the first time, you will have no idea what to expect, which can be both exciting and terrifying at the same time. All you will know for certain was that you are about to embark on an exciting journey.

Before and throughout your first camping trip, you will have a continuous stream of thoughts racing through your head: What if you did not bring enough food? What if you get lost? What happens if it rains?  It can be difficult to prepare for the unexpected without going overboard with your preparations.

Be assured that you are not alone in your concerns, whether you are an experienced camper or a first-time camper. Here, we try to answer some of the most common questions asked by first-time campers.

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  • What do I need to get a decent night’s sleep?

It is not the bugs that are the most unpleasant aspects of camping; it is a  bad night's sleep. If you get wet when camping, you will never want to go camping ever again! If it is too hot or too cold, you will always associate camping with a bad experience.  Whether it is a firm mattress, high thread count sheets, a sleeping bag suited for temperatures below freezing, or something as simple as an inflatable pillow, ask yourself what you will need to achieve the rest you will need to fully appreciate the great outdoors the next day.

  • Do you know how to use the tools that you have packed?

A typical error many first-timers make is assuming that simply because they brought the correct tools, they are automatically prepared to go on their adventure. f you do not know how to use the first aid kit and compass, or the flashlight and other necessary equipment you buy from ECOGEAR FX will only provide you with a false sense of security. Know what you are doing before you go, and practice will bring you closer to perfection. Training and experience are just as important as the tools themselves.

  • Can you light a fire anywhere?

Many state parks and national forests do not allow you to bring in your own firewood due to concerns about spreading non-native microbes that can damage the environment.  Many parks that offer their own firewood for a fee frequently run out of stock. The best course of action is to contact ahead and inquire whether or not the campground has firewood available. If this is the case, inquire as to which local merchant they prefer. Sure, you can gather sticks from around your camp, but the fire they produce will most likely be less than satisfactory.

  • What are you doing for food?

You are much more limited due to the lack of cooking equipment and utensils, but that does not mean that you have to eat boring foods. Sure, you can bring hot dogs and burgers for the BBQ, but that can get tiring very quickly. Plan ahead, and think about how you can transport food with you. 

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