Many vacationers are camping outdoors for the first time as an economical vacation alternative. These tips will help novice campers prepare for their first camping trip.

Many consumers are trying to reduce their vacation expenses by giving up cushy motel rooms and staying at campgrounds. Camping is much more economical, and you can often rent a campsite for a whole week for the cost of one or two nights in a motel. However, camping out is certainly not as convenient as staying in a motel, and there are a few things that first-time campers need to know. Being properly prepared for camping allows you to have a good time, with few unpleasant surprises, while you are enjoying the great outdoors.

Choose a Campground That Offers Amenities

The novice camping family that requires modem conveniences should pick an established camp that offers amenities such as electrical hook-ups, water access on your camp site, indoor showers and flush toilets, and a convenience store so you can buy all the things you forgot on your first camping trip, and a Mountain Dew. You’ll have the option of choosing a tent site or an RV site which has a dump tank for the septic system. Generally, you’ll find that the tent section is much less populated, so that’s the way to go if you prefer solitude.

Tips for Choosing Your Camp Site

An established campground may assign you to a site or may let you pick your own. Picking a comfortable camp site isn’t hard when you know what to look for. You’ll want a spot that is dry, level and grassy.

Avoid camping under dead trees or large overhanging branches that might fall on your site. You’ll need young, strong trees for shade and shelter from the weather, and to tie a clothesline between. However, some camp sites don’t allow clotheslines to be strung between trees.

Tips for Controlling Outdoor Insect Pests

Wet conditions and food supplies aren’t the only thing that will attract insects to your camp site. Bright colors and sweet scents will fool bees and wasps.

Camp sites that are near lakes, ponds, rivers and streams will be inundated with mosquitoes. You may think it’s fun to fish from your campsite right next to the lake, but you’ll be sorry when you become insect food. Campsites that are further away from bodies of water, about 100 feet, will have fewer mosquitoes.

Tips for Keeping Your Food Uneaten by Wildlife

The wildlife around established campsites can become rather bold, used to a variety of people coming and going, and won’t hesitate to steal your food supplies. Raccoons can open coolers and tear through grocery bags, not to mention the damage a bear might do to your tent if you store food inside. Keep your food safely stored in your vehicle.

Respect Your Neighbors’ Privacy

Since it’s not likely you’ll have the whole campground to yourself, be considerate of your neighbors. Respect the personal space of other campers So everyone can have an enjoyable vacation.

More First-Time Camping Tips

Bring clothes that can be worn in layers and peeled off as the afternoon warms up, but don’t overpack. No one is going to care if you wear the same shorts for a few days in a row. And don’t forget rain gear!

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