With friends, family, or Mother Nature, camping can be a nutritious activity that brings you closer together. More than 41.6 million people went camping in the United States last year, making it the most popular recreational activity in the country.

That being said, it’s also possible that you’ll wake up in the middle of a nightmare featuring portable stove-nuke-nuked meat, tent collapse, and bears invading. As it turns out, there are a number of things you can do in advance to ensure that your camping trip goes off without a hitch.

Get ready

Determine how much space you have, what kind of transportation you’ll be using, and how long you’ll be gone before deciding what to pack. Keep an eye on your pack’s weight and bulk when you’re hiking to your camping destination. Mountaineering isn’t for the faint of heart.

This checklist from Montgomery Country Parks will help you focus on the essentials and leave the extras for the next time you go camping in a vehicle.

Choose your pack

The duration of your walk and the length of your spine should be taken into consideration when selecting a backpack. A pack’s volume is listed in liters by manufacturers. For two to five-day walks, a 60- to 80-liter multi-day pack is ideal.

In the event that you’re going on day hikes from your base camp location, you’ll only need a compact day pack to carry your daily rations and equipment.

Take a good night’s rest.

Keep in mind that you will need a tent, sleeping bag, pad, and pillow. Having a crick in your neck doesn’t signify you’re an explorer.

Depending on how many people are crammed in, the tent’s size can be adjusted. Make sure it’s weather-resistant, too, because, well, you’re likely to encounter some weather.

Designed for spring, summer, and fall weather, a three-season tent can keep people dry in light snow or rain while keeping mosquitoes and other pests out of the tent. If you’re planning a winter camping trip, you’ll need a tent that can endure the elements.

Pick a location.

What comes next once everything has been put away? Finding a place for your campfire. National parks, state parks, and other campgrounds can be found all throughout the country.

Learn about the park’s facilities before you decide whether it’s right for you. Grills and showers are available at most campgrounds. Others even have Wi-Fi.

If you’re going during the summer, be sure to phone ahead and book a space. Campgrounds at high altitudes may cause altitude sickness, so inquire about animals.

Establish a camp

Once you’ve arrived at the campground, look for a flat spot to set up your tent. Make care to cover it with a tent in the event of rain. (

Choosing a location near a water source will make it easier for you to wash dishes, shower, and restock water bottles. You should, however, be aware of local rules prohibiting camping within a particular distance of streams and rivers. (


Camping is a unique experience that few things can match. ( You’ll be hooked after your first camping trip if you prepare ahead, find a suitable location to pitch, and pack the necessary supplies. However, like with other outdoor pursuits, proper preparation and planning are essential. You’re stranded in the wilderness, far from civilisation. If this is your first time camping, it’s critical to know that you’ve covered all the bases.