Tent camping for beginners the self-check list

Tent camping is a fantastic getaway for your everyday life, and with a little planning, you can be Whether you're taking the kids for a weekend in nature or looking to escape the city on your own and in control of your travel activities even if it's your first time camping experience. We've got a complete camping guide on tent camping for beginners. Keep reading!


1. Choosing Your Campsite

As a beginner, on your first time camping, it is important to know the art of choosing a campsite. 

When searching for campsites, it is important to check the availability of campsite locations on the target date of your camping trip. You can also verify the distance and accessibility of the site. If you are planning a family camping, it is recommended to go to a regular camping park. The infrastructure is relatively complete. Even if the equipment is not complete, it can be calmly dealt with. If you still want to seek a little excitement, it is best to choose the suburbs, there is a village not far from the camp. Get help quickly in the event of unnecessary trouble or extreme weather.

Here are several USA-based campsites we recommend:

Channel Islands Campground

Big Pine Creek Campground

Chickenfoot Lake Campground

Little Harbor Campground

Couple sit next to tent

2. Purchasing Your Tent

Camping tents are a home away from home for outdoor activities and are one of the most important things on the checklist of tent camping for beginners.  If rain or snow is forecast, it will keep you warm and dry. The two most important things to keep in mind are the weather and how big you want your tent to be.

Some tents have footprints to protect the tent floor from the ground and keep the interior dry. If your tent doesn't have one, use a tarp.

Even expensive tents can have some fancy stakes. Before leaving, inspect the stakes to ensure quality and strength. When car camping, bring a rubber mallet to easily secure the corners of tents and tarps.

Tent with car

3. Purchasing Sleeping Bags

Being a beginner and going first-time camping, you might want to skimp on the price of sleeping bags. And, if the weather you're going to is mild, you'll probably be fine.

However, if you expect your nights to get cold, you'll be more comfortable with a good-quality sleeping bag or blanket for cold weather. Even if it's only down in the 50's at night, I'm most comfortable in a 30-degree sleeping bag.

4. Practice Pitching Your Tent

This is a great opportunity to involve your kids on a camping trip. If you're tent camping, let the kids sleep in the tent at home before taking it out into the wild.

Gather some other gear you'll need (such as sleeping bags and rain gear) and let the kids test how it "works" before starting the trip.

5. Have a Practice Camp

Whether you are going first time camping as a beginner or are an experienced camper, you should always test new equipment at home first. Assemble your tent in your yard for practice and make sure everything is covered and working properly. This will also make it easier for you to assemble when you arrive at the campsite.

Make sure your sleeping bag is comfortable and all flashlights, headlights and lanterns work properly. Bring extra batteries just in case. If you plan to use a portable stove or grill, please try it out. In addition, make sure that all hiking or daily backpacks are firmly placed on your back and adjusted if necessary.

6. Setting up at the Campsite

Look for the flattest available land and remember to drain. A flat area can make cooking easier, and putting your tent on flat ground can help you get a more comfortable sleep.

7. Make a Camping Essentials List

Camping for beginners can be a challenge, especially if you're not sure what type of equipment you need. If you need help, please check our camping equipment guide and make your own list to make sure nothing is missing.

8. Plan Your Meals Beforehand

While there are many things you can do at a campsite, preparing a meal at home before your trip can waste time and energy on camping activities. Adding basic spices makes it taste even better.

As a guide on tent camping for beginners, you should know how to store food on the day of travel. Bring essential camp kitchen utensils and cookware including camp stove, plates, cups, knives and utensils.

Please consider the weather, activities, campsite facilities and length of stay before departure. These will affect the type of equipment you carry and any additional preparations you may need to make. Whatever your preference, this packing list will make your next camping trip a little easier.