5 Common Camping Mistakes for Beginners
5 COMMON CAMPING MISTAKES
We all remember our first time camping and you can often forget that we have all beginners at one time or another. It's ok to make mistakes, that's how we learn, but to help speed up your learning curve we have compiled our top 5 common mistakes that you might make as a beginner and how to avoid them.
1. RELYING ON YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE RESEARCH
There is always that one person in the group who is the organiser and in that same group you will often find the free-loader - the guy or girl that goes with the flow, doesn't plan, and ultimately brings nothing to the table. Don't be that person.
It doesn't take much time, just learn the basics so you can set yourself up to have a great trip away. Some good research questions are:
- Can you access the camp site by car, if not how long does it take on foot?
- Are there amenities available?
- Is there rubbish collection?
- Will I have access to running water?
- Is there cooking facilities?
2. NOT WRITING A PACKING LIST
There is nothing worse than making it to your campsite to realise you have forgot the tent poles - trust us, it sucks! A simple packing list can make sure you have packed everything you need so you never turn up to a campsite forgetting the essentials again. If you're not sure what to pack, a quick google search will bring up plenty of camping packing lists for you to follow
3. NOT BEING SMART WITH YOUR CLOTHES
We all know the weather can be a tough one to predict. We're from Victoria so we know that more than most people. When you're camping you should be packing light so choosing clothes that can tick a lot of boxes is always the best way to go.
For instance, anything Merino is always a good option. Merino clothing has thermo-regulating properties (it can cool you down when it's hot or warm you up when it's cold) which makes it the perfect fit for days when you don't know what the weather will bring.
Multi-purpose clothing is another winner i.e. clothing that works well in more than one way. For example, our puffer range has a handy travel pillow in it's pocket that lets you turn your jacket into a neck pillow. Or pack shorts that can double as swimming clothes. Rain jackets are always a good idea too as they can double as a wind breaker on extra windy days.
Also, be careful with your sock choice. Merino wins again on this one since Merino socks will keep you warmer for longer when wet compared to standard cotton socks. They are also more breathable which means you will not be the person with stinky feet when sitting around the campfire at night.
4. NOT BEING WARM ENOUGH IN YOUR TENT
Being cold at night is going to make your camping life miserable and will most likely keep you up at night. Make sure to plan your bedding arrangement carefully. That old sleeping bag you have might be good in summer but when the temperature drops it most likely won't keep you warm in the middle of winter.
Rather than splurging all your hard earned money on all new gear, try a couple of simple tips to warm you up at night. One easy one is investing in a sleeping bag liner. They can turn your summer sleeping bag into a winter one without having to invest in a second sleeping bag.
Another good option is to put some flooring down underneath your tent. This could be as simple as a tarp. It helps keep the area under your tent dry and adds an additonal layer between you and the cold ground.
5. UNDERESTIMATING THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT
If you remember one thing and one thing only it is... You can never have too much light. Make sure to pack as much lighting as you can fit. We even have a handy beanie that doubles as a head torch for such situations. It's called the Blinder Beanie.
So that's a wrap from us. Hopefully these 5 tips help fast track you from novice to pro in no time. Happy Camping!