The great outdoors serves as one of the very best vacation destinations you can ask for. The fresh air, open road, and uninterrupted peace and quiet deep in the heart of your favorite spot does the body and mind more good than most people realize. But taking the leap into the wild world of camping does require a little research and thoughtful prep. So, if you’re still a newbie, we’re here to break down some beginner tips. Here are 15 rookies mistakes you need to know before venturing out.
1. Failing to reserve a campsite in advance
If you think you’re going to roll up at a campground and slide right into a camping site, you’re in for a rude awakening. Of course, it all depends on the area you’ll be exploring, but if you’re still new at the whole camping thing, reserving a spot ahead of time is crucial. It will save you a lot of time, headaches, and probably tears. Booking a Bureau of Land Management spot is usually a safe bet. To learn more about campsites in your area and to book, go to recreation.gov.
Bonus tip: Be 100% certain of what’s available or provided at your spot of choice. Some campgrounds have grills, fire pits, picnic tables, and restrooms. (Extra toilet paper is always a must.) Some, however, have none.