Camping Tips

From a “macro” perspective, the general principles of camping are relatively simple. More than anything else, it’s a matter of adaptation and acclimation to living outdoors rather than within four walls. Regardless, there are a multitude of tips and tricks to help make that transition easier, and allow your time spent camping to be more relaxing and enjoyable.

General Outdoor Tips

The tent is the focal point of most camping trips. If you’re a beginning camper, there are a couple of different tent tips to remember. First and foremost, practice pitching your tent before you head to the campsite. Being able to do it quickly and effectively is extremely valuable. When looking for a place to set up, always look for a “natural bed” of soft, flat soil – but avoid the bottom of hills or valleys. Finally, always set up a tarp below your tent to avoid potential damage or water-logging.

Campers can also benefit from a few non-specific outdoor principles. Rule number one, no matter the time of year, is to dress in (or at least carry) layers. It’s the easiest and most effective way to control your body temperature. Secondly, learn how to use a GPS or map and compass. No matter how familiar you are with a certain wooded area, getting lost among acres of similar-looking trees is very easy. Finally, practice basic outdoor skills such using and sharpening a utility knife, tying various knots, and building a fire. It’s this knowledge that separates the amateurs from the seasoned campers.

What to Bring on a Camping Trip

With any luck, each camping trip proves to be a unique experience. There are many wonderful things that nature has to offer. But, no matter where you’re headed, a few things should always come with you. Below is the “short list” of camping essentials that should always be packed.

  • A Tent, Tarp, and Sleeping Bag
  • A pot, pan, dishes, utensils, and fire-starting materials (preferably waterproof matches or a butane lighter)
  • A utility knife and length of rope
  • Plenty of water (get gallon sizes for cooking and cleaning)
  • Energy rich, easily prepared foods and snacks (think items like pasta, beans, ground beef, peanut butter, chicken, trail mix, and oatmeal)
  • Plenty of clothing (a good rule of thumb in temperate areas is enough for two to three layers daily)
  • A tight-closing cooler to store your food items in
  • Hand sanitizer and soap
  • Optionally, outdoor gear like fishing poles and hiking equipment

How to Budget for a Camping Trip

Like most anything else, budgeting for a camping trip is easiest when you start big and work your way down. First, decide upon an amount you can afford, and make a resolution not to exceed it. Then, begin to factor in the larger expenses – things like food, gas, necessary equipment, and campsite fees. From there, work your way down to smaller items until you come close to the spending limit.

As that line is tested, you’ll have to make the nitpicky decisions that ultimately determine your trip’s bottom line. For instance, you could eliminate that traditional fast food stop on the way there in favor of pre-prepared sandwiches. Little decisions such as these tend to add up in the grand scheme of financial matters, especially when it comes to discretionary spending.

Now that you know the basics of camping, what to bring, and how to squeeze outdoor adventure into your budget, nothing is left to keep you from hitting the woods! If you’re interested in more detailed information, take a look at the links below for some specific advice on the more nuanced aspects of camping.

Camp life is made easier by gaining experience and learning the tricks. Here are some great camping tips and advice to help make your camping adventures more enjoyable.

Reader Tip: Keep Clean while Camping with a Pump Sprayer

Avoid the Itch

Avoiding Unwanted Animal Visits

Buying a Sleeping Bag

Buying a Tent

Camp Cooking Tips

Capture your Memories

Camping in a Hammock

Camping with your Dog

Consider Renting an RV

Camping with your Kids

Having the Proper Equipment

Home-made Firestarters

Choosing that Perfect Campsite

Exposure to Ticks


How to Build a Campfire

How to Dress for the Outdoors

Keeping an Outdoor Adventure Photo Journal

Keeping the Bugs Away

Leave No Trace

Miscellaneous Tips and Advice

Purifying your Drinking Water

RV Tips and Resources

Rain, Rain Go Away

Taking a Campground Shower

Tree, Plant, Bird and Animal Identification

Personalized Jigsaw Puzzles

Using Portable Heaters Overnight In Tents Poses Carbon Monoxide Threat To Campers

Want to Play A Game?

Winter Camping Can be a Wonderful Experience

Winter Crafts for Kids

RV Resources

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49 Replies to “Camping Tips”

  1. I do love camping. I mostly love hiking too nowadays. What do you think that which camping shower is the best for camping for a single person?

  2. Great article and very helpful tips for family camping.
    You explained everything clearly as a good writer.
    I enjoy camping, since my childhood, and camping with the family is one of my special areas of interest.
    Thanks for sharing!”

  3. Just fantastic tips but i thing in 2020 if you post something more and add a unique angle to cover your topic again that’s helps for us. I mean hope we will get an updated article about this topic in your blog.

  4. Thank you for the useful tips! I’m a beginning camper, this summer will be the second when I will go camping with my friend. Planning for one week. I just want to say that cool to go there with a binocular or walkie-talkie, it can make your journey much easier. I read about binoculars on and am already know which one I’ll buy for my second trip.

  5. Thank You very much for providing such good quality and tricks for camping. I like to go camping from time to time and surely think this tips will come handy.

  6. Our extended family has rented a two bedroom condo in FL for 11 people which means most will be sleeping on couch or floor. Could you recommend an inexpensive, compact sleeping bag and mat that we could bring along to use when sleeping on the floor? Thank you!

  7. Great and practical tips you have shared here.Covered almost every little aspect. I really appreciate your article.I’m excited to put them into practice!Awesome article! Please keep updating.

  8. Thank you for your great tip on how when camping, you should start out by budgeting the big things, and then work your way to the smaller things. My family and I are thinking about going camping for our first time in a few weeks, but we have no idea how to go about planning it. I will definitely take all of your great advice and information into consideration when planning for my camping trip.

  9. Here are great pointers for those thinking of buying their very first tent. Aside from choosing the best type for you, a tent is only as good as its maintenance so the after use care should not be taken for granted. This article will help you narrow down choices, thanks for the tips!

  10. Great post! It’s a great place to start for new campers and good reminder for experienced ones. I like that it is simple Camping tips and links to more specific support advice on camping. Bookmarked this post and a bunch of the others for my followers. Keep the great camping content coming!

  11. I like your tip about how budgeting for a camping trip is easiest when you start big and work your way down. My family and I are going camping for the first time, and I have no idea what to do or how to prepare. I will definitely utilize all of your great tips and information so my family and I can have a successful camping trip.

  12. Do you bring any tools with you like a hatchet, machete or something? Which one do you think works best for hot / cold climates? Snow and stuff like that? Personally, I never felt safe without a survival blade…

  13. My son is always down with stuffy nose and allergies so when i am looking for out door air purifier for my family then i am getting your website and read your article all camping tips helps us a perfect tour. Thanks

  14. All tips are very effective and very helpful. Thanks for your great article. I think it will help me more my next camping. Your shortlist was very awesome. Thanks again.

  15. Bill Hankins –

    I would personally select the Suisse Sport 10 x 8. The side pockets allow you to put your head there giving you each your own “Space” Should you wish to not use it for that purpose, you can stick all your bags/ equipment in them leaving the floor area of the tent free. Hopefully this makes sense?

  16. My fiance and I have been thinking about going on an overnight camping trip this upcoming Spring. We both want to make sure that we have all the tips and tricks we need to make this a good trip. We will be sure to budget for larger expenses first and work our way down.

  17. Thanks a lot for mentioning how you should take the time to pack enough clothes when taking a camping trip. I understand that doing some research and understand the type of area where you want to camp so you know what type of clothing you need to pack. It is important to remember that understanding your own needs can help you know if you need to get extra things like bug repellant or allergy medicine as well.

  18. I really like your list of what to bring on a camping trip. My husband and I have been wanting to go to an atv campground for a while now. I think that these tips will really help us prepare and bring all that we need. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I love going on camp. Sometimes, I’m with my friends or family. This time, I want to do it all by myself. I just want to experience this kind of thing, and doing it alone. Thanks for the advice and tips you’ve shared.

  20. My son built a wigwam at scout camp and slept in it at night but didn’t put mosquito protection on sufficient and ended up with about 50 mosquito bites on his forehead. He ended up using a mosquito netting protection, most of the trip which helped.

  21. good tips! on your “what to bring in a camping trip list” I will add: small solar panel to charge your phone and gps is a good idea, a torch, a pepper spray… and yeap don’t forget the toilet paper 🙂 of course a waterproof light weight tent is vital, but this is already on your list!

  22. Love this article. I even mentioned it on my new blog about camping tips. I especially like the idea about bringing in a utility knife. It’s always a missed out item but it should be highly prioritized in anybody’s camping to go list.

  23. My mom was the best camper I ever met! She really hated getting the tent dirty (ironic, I know, as it is camping!) and always had the best ideas for keeping our campsite clean. One of her best ideas was to use a big mat outside the door of the tent. It was always a tidy trip with minimal dirt and mud in our tent at the end! Now I carry on the tradition…less clean up = more fun!! 🙂

  24. While reading the article and browsing through the comments, I was wondering, because of the economy, if any campers are finding that campgrounds are closed or restricted in some way?

    It might be a good idea to make sure camping parks are going to be open, when you plan to visit them.

  25. I like to cook before I go, like boil and rinse pasta. Make and freeze meatballs. Have salad ready washed. Not much of a tent camper…. but love our pop-up!!

  26. Nice tips given I would like to add some more thing. The point given on the third number should be highlighted as best sleeping bags are a vital thing if you are going for some sort of camping..
    thanks 🙂

  27. My 6-year-old son and I are beginning campers. We’re looking to buy a tent for us and my wife. We’ll be car camping, driving to a site rather than backpacking, starting at Stone Mountain, Georgia, with a concrete pad site. After some research, I’m now deciding between a Suisse Sport 10 X 8 tent and a Kelty Trail Dome 4 and want to go ahead and get one. Any thoughts and any other suggestions in this price range? Thanks, Bill Hankins

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