Camping 101: The Basics

Whether you’re taking the kids out for a weekend in nature or looking for a solo escape from the city, we’ve got the complete guide to camping for beginners right here.


05 February 20212 min read

Whether you’re taking the kids out for a weekend in nature or looking for a solo escape from the city, we’ve got the complete guide to camping for beginners right here. No more second-guessing if you’ve left something essential at home or whether there will be enough TP at the campsite.

Source: Camping for Beginners: Essential Guide for First-Timers

We just got back from our final family "car" camping trip this year, although the adults will probably do a few more overnighters (including some backpacking) throughout the fall. Fall weather is too cold for the teenagers; they don't develop the weather resistance gene until well into their 20s.

We have recently revamped and re-geared our entire camping setup, and it is now super organized. Our Tips and Tricks for camping organization and preparation will be coming in the next few weeks, but I thought I would share this article on the basics of camping if you happen to be a noob.

The author includes a great beginner camping essentials list and then some gear suggestions that don't really fit the "beginner theme" The article links out to typical internet lists of the "best" tent and sleeping bags. If you are starting your camping journey, you don't need a $450 Big Agnes tent or a $250 Nemo sleeping pad. Head over to your local sporting goods store (note we are in Canada), in our case, Canadian Tire, and start building your gear with affordable brands like Woods. Obviously, we now have a rooftop tent because we are professionals, but when the teenagers join us, they use the surplus tents from the 1990s that are still kicking around in the garage. We have an Outbound (made by Woods, I believe) tent that was sprayed with beer at cottage parties in our 30's and still survived torrential 3 a.m. downpour this morning, almost 20 years later.

Good luck and happy camping. Remember to Leave No Trace and check the local fire regulations.

Source: Camping for Beginners: Essential Guide for First-Timers

Photo by Dominik Jirovský on Unsplash

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