Camping: A Guide

Hey guys! I’ll be going camping in a little while, and so while I was watching Beauty and the Beast for the first time, inspiration struck. I knew so much about camping, so why not share it with you guys? So here goes.

First of all, when you are camping, there’s no time to be worried about breaking a nail or messing up your hair. Camping is outside for a reason. You will get dirty, your hair will get messed up and a whole boatload of other things. The important thing is, is to have fun, outdoors with your family.

Second, there’s a whole list of things you shouldn’t bring with you:

  1. All of your electronics. Now, it’s okay to have your phone (or in my case, a phone iPod and a computer (for blogging)), but don’t go all out. When you camp, space is limited and likely, you won’t use much of it. Plus, dirt and grime can ruin those devices, and if you happen to have them in your bag whilst you’re bike riding and you crash, you can just go ahead and say ciao.
  2. Cosmetics. Heloooo?! You are on a camping trip, not a beauty pageant. Bring only the necessities, like your toothbrush, toothpaste, maybe a headband and a scrunchie with a little lotion, but that’s it. As you’ll be playing in the dirt almost every day, no one’s going to care what you look like. Just have fun and don’t worry too much about it. But that’s not an excuse to skimp on showering.
  3. Fancy Clothes. Stick to the basics, okay? I don’t care if you’re a Mackenzie Hollister, so unless you want a hefty dry cleaning fee, stick to T-shirts and shorts. High heels are for malls not hikes alright? But remember, still try to look your best, just not… er…. whassa word? Oh never mind it’ll come back, but you get the picture, right?
  4. Jewelry. What happens to jewelry when it touches water or gets muddy? One word: RUINED. NEVER bring jewelry on a camping trip. At least none that you care too much about. Me? I’m sticking to tiny knobs in my ears and a tiny heart necklace with a watch and a leather bracelet. Only the necessities folks. Only the necessities.

 

Okay, so now that I’ve contradicted you on being Mackenzie Hollister-ish, it’s time for the grinding stone.

Now when you camp, you either camp in an RV, a trailer or a tent. Now I’ve only ever camped in a tent before and I’ll tell you what it’s like: FANTASTIC. Normally my parents are up before me, so waking up to the smell of cooking bacon and the sounds of birds chirping and a slight breeze blowing is kind of like a tradition. This trip will be my first time camping in a trailer.

When you camp in a tent, there are things to figure out. You can just say “All righty, I’m camping! Here’s a cheap tent, let’s get this one!” No. You have to figure out how many people are camping with you, how much room each person is going to need, and you’ll want a little standing room as well. In these situations, you need to go to experts. And the only experts I know are the ones at Cabelas. Cabelas is a fantastic camping store with everything you need and more: tents, cooking supplies, bags, clothes, food, guns, fishing poles and so much more. It’s the place to go. So Google Cabelas and find the one closest to you. If there isn’t, try REI Camping Store. They aren’t as good, but they’ve got good prices and helpful staff.

Next, you’ll need sleeping bags. Every sleeping bag has a temperature rate. My sleeping bag can withstand cold up to I believe 19 degrees Fahrenheit. Which makes it quite hot in the summer. Along with choosing the temperature, you need to figure out your size. They usually run with just adults and kids so if you’re an adult, you don’t want to buy an overpriced sleeping bag with room you don’t need and as a kid you don’t want to feel tighter than a burrito in a Sumo wrestler’s hand.

Along with that you’ll want a nice cooking stove. Depending on how big your budget is and how many people you’re serving, will decide what kind of stove to get. But in order to power the stove, you’ll need propane.

WARNING: NEVER PUT PROPANE NEAR A FIRE

My family uses Coleman propane, but to each his own. There should be a little metal thing sticking from the side of the stove. Screw the propane onto the end (TIGHTLY) and then turn on the stove. Voila! Now you have a fully operational stove.

Coolers are completely necessary when camping. YETI coolers are ridiculously expensive, but they’re good. SO if you have a particularly large budget, you can get it, but we went with a Coleman 100 qt. Marine Offshore cooler which was ninety bucks all by itself. If you want a YETI cooler I hope you’ve got a well paying job, because the smallest coolers (20-30 quarts) can go from 200-300 dollars! And that’s online too!

As far as food goes, here’s a basic list of the stuff you’ll want:

  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Pancake mix
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Chocolate
  • Grahm crackers
  • Burger patties or ground beef
  • Hot dogs

And then add condiments and little snacks too such as Nilla wafers or Ritz crackers.

 

This is it guys, and I hope you enjoyed. Ciao!!

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