Gear Up: How to Prepare for Camping

Camping is fun if you have everything prepared.

If you are planning to spend some time camping this summer, here are some ideas on how to prepare for camping, especially for first-timers.

Tip #1: Prepare Your Sleeping Bag and Pad

Is it time to change your old sleeping bag? Or is it your first time to purchase one? Either one of the reasons, here are some helpful tips on how to purchase the right sleeping bag:

  •    Choosing a sleeping bag according to the right temperature ratings

The temperature ratings are one of the essential considerations when purchasing sleeping bags; to identify the right one, you have to purchase according to the following category:

1. The season

The sleeping bags are also categorized according to the season:

o    Season 1 is a summer season sleeping bag that is determined by temperature ratings of +10 degrees Celsius and higher.
o    Season 2 sleeping bags can make you feel comfortable at a place with +5 degrees Celsius and higher.
o    Season 3 sleeping bags can make you feel warm at a place with 0 degrees Celsius and higher.
o    Season 4 sleeping bags can make you feel comfortable, secure, and warm during the winter season (frosty and snowy) with a temperature of -5 Celsius and higher.

2. Comfort ratings 

The temperature rating that can make the camper feel comfortable according to the user’s relaxed position.

3. Extreme ratings 

The temperature rating that can keep the camper feel warm and safe from experiencing hypothermia.

  •    Choosing according to the price

Do not think that all expensive brands are better; there are a lot of sleeping bags that are cheap but can make you feel comfortable and warm in any type of weather. You may find some at .

Tip #2: Prepare your tent

Quality tent is essential in any sort of camping; so, you have to choose a tent that will keep you safe and warm in any type of season. Also, it must be durable to keep you from wild animals during night time. Here are some simple tips on how to select the right tent:
•    Find a three season tent
•    Choose according to the size of tent and numbers of users
•    Find a four-season tent during winter season
•    Find a tent with best features
•    Find that are easy to set-up and dismantle

Tip #3: Pack other essential things for camping

  • Camping pillow
  • Camping lamp
  • First aid kit
  • Personal kit
  • Others:
    o    Easy carry plates and bowls
    o    Cutlery
    o    Tinker Swiss Army Pocket Knife Multi-tool
    o    Aluminum foil
    o    Cup or mug
    o    Garbage bag
    o    Camping pot for cooking
    o    Food

Tip #4: Always prepare a map and compass

Anything can happen when camping; so, prepare map, compass, GPS device, and other essential to survival.

Final Thoughts

Camping is fun, but it requires dedication. You have to prepare all essential things to have fun and safe camping. You may also read reliable sites dedicated to camping and survival in the wilderness.