In challenging times, more people turn to camping for vacations than ever. There are a few ingredients that are key to making these trips successful. The first ingredient of successful camping is a good plan. Consider the time, destination, activities, food, personal equipment and organization of group tasks. This article is designed to give you basic information and helpful ideas on all those things you need to do before pitching camp. Use it to help make your preliminary trip decisions.
All the other preplanning for a trip, of course, depends on the amount of time you have. Will the trip be just for the morning or afternoon? Will it be for overnight, for a weekend or longer? Backpacking trips and long camping trips will take more careful planning than an evening cookout. You may even need to plan far enough in advance to obtain a permit or make a reservation
Your destination will determine how carefully you plan the trip. As much pertinent information as possible should be gathered about the selected destination so that accurate planning and preparation can be made. Considerations of climate and length of trip dictate the amount and type of clothing to take. You should make careful purchases for locations where shopping is impossible. Drinking water may have to be transported to areas where no water is available.
It is important that you organize each day’s activities, then plan the equipment, clothing and meals around them. A long afternoon hike, for example, will allow just enough time for a one pot meal to simmer on the coals. For an all-day hike, on the other hand, plan a hearty breakfast, a simple sack lunch carried in a day pack or sack around the belt, and a snack for energy; if you intend to return to camp late, plan a meal that is quick to prepare or was left to cook while you were away.