I have not been camping in probably a good 12 years, and this past weekend my boyfriend and I wemt to a place called Fish Creek Campgrounds, or better known as Kenosee. Now I had been there as a kid, but never had to plan for the trip and experience, and after 12 years, I was quite rusty. I want to document and share some thing I learned while camping:
Do your research!! I went to a place that offered so much 12 years ago and it has fallen apart since then. Try an app/site called TripAdvisor. I did, however, like the fact that I could view available sites online before reserving but wish I would have researched the campground map first and it was disappointing the photos were old.
Tarps; you will need lots of tarps…I mean stay within your campsites guidelines of tarp usage but most importantly you will need a tarp for:
* over the fire wood, incase it rains.
* under the tent
* over the tent
* over the table, keep your lounge area dry :)
* change area (take down when not in use), your really not supposed to hide what you are doing, other than in your tent of course, but if your site has a ton of trees hang a tarp or blanket to change behind. Chaging in a tent is a pain and your not always close to the good washrooms.
* ropes, to hang the tarps of course :)
If your campground is by a lake, try getting a site right by it. The view is amazing.
No smaller than a 6 person tent! It was just Aaron & I and a 4 person is just too small.
Raincoat and rainboots will be needed. Luckily I did have these with me, and thry did come in very handy as it rained most of the time I was camping, but if it wasnt for Aaron I would not have thought of it.
Buy washroom air freshners if going tenting and your site is by an outhouse type washroom. Those things smell so bad and if the wind is just right you will be smelling them all day. Not to mention if you need to actually go into it to use it.
Games that do not require an electronic device. Ill admit, im addicted to electronic devices to keep me occupied. I forgot all about brimgimg paper games like crosswords and word searches to pass the time during bad weather. Luckily Aaron brought cards.
Bring Books/Magazines for entertainment as well.
Drawing/art supplies. If you like to draw, nature can be a great inspiration. This also helps to pass the time when youre stuck under a tarp or in your tent
Bring lanterns! We had flashlights, but lanterns are a smarter idea for night.
Make sure everyone has a chair. We only brought one and Aaron, being the gentlemen he is, ended up sitting on the cooler the whole weekend