The Biggest Camping Portal in USA has prepared for you a complete guide to begin in the practice of camping. Camping is more than a form of lodging. Beyond a passion is a lifestyle. A hobby that one falls in love with. Ready to enter this natural world? So check out each section we prepared below.
Now that you've gotten a rundown on the first camp, it's time to get acquainted step by step with the steps to become a camper and move on to the first camp.
The acquisition of basic equipment, list of minimum things to take and where to go on this first trip. These are choices that can define a camper's life, since this "career" invariably depends on the success of the first few times.
In this section we will try to address the issues for this camp in a basic way, that is, nothing super accessories or high investments. It is important to know that good and expensive equipment will be a consequence of your personal progress in practice.
Basically the first steps to becoming a camper will be:
- Understanding about camping as a lifestyle / tourism and not as an inexpensive way to travel.
- Acquisition of basic equipment.
- Understand how they work in practice
- What items are needed to take.
- Choose a camping site.
- Plan the trip
- Take the road.
- Camping tips and accessories
It is with this guide in question that you will have support for all of this. Ready? Then use the vertical menu on the left and learn everything step by step.
Remember that for your first camping trip, it would be ideal to do it in the company of experienced campers who will be able to assist you in many opportunities and learnings. If it is not possible, venture out anyway.
One of the main lessons in becoming a SOUL CAMPER is to understand that practice means a lifestyle and not a cheap and rudimentary way to travel.
This concept is not essential only for the aspiring camper, but in a general Brazilian way. There is a huge prejudice on the part of many people who do not know the camping depth.
Camping does not mean traveling cheap. Even most of the time yes because in the camping the establishment does not need to offer structure, bed linen, bath and other supplies. The maintenance and cleaning of collective bathrooms become more economical, providing a cheaper daily cost. But this is not a rule. There are campgrounds, mainly on holidays and seasons that cost more than simple hostels. The choice of the tourist for the camping is not for the love of traveling with their own "house", having their own belongings as bedding, towels and pillows, in addition to being able to fix their shelter in places that no house or hostel can reach.
To camp is to have neighbors ready to help you, without walls and bars where each one learns to respect the space of the other. The backyard is nature and from the shelter one can feel the raindrops on the ceiling as well as hear the birds singing as if they were inside. At the campsite you can prepare your own food or even share it with your friends. You can combine adventures in groups with no limit on number or space. Most of the time you do not need so much advance planning and even make advance reservations.
In sustainable terms, camping can offer much more space with less deforestation and construction. You can reach places that you can not even build or still preserve raw material and money in maintenance of large structures like those of hotels. In social terms, it guarantees a healthier education for children who learn to respect the space of others without the need of physical barriers and the individual has greater contact with his or her fellowman resulting in cooperation and citizenship. In economic terms the camping becomes a tourist equipment of lower cost of implantation, giving the opportunity of the entrepreneur to test better its potentials and to invest gradually in its business even when creating units of lodging like chalés or suites.The idea of the above explanation is only to formalize to the society that the camping is really a passion and not an alternative. Of course, there is also demand for this, but it is only a consequence of the search for the economy, similar to any area of activity. Perhaps better than discriminating the camping done by that individual who seeks minimum price for any event or opportunity would be to think that such an event will result in the discovery, experience and chance of entering an important tourism sector in which Brazil has enormous potential.
The First Acquisitions
Without a doubt the first acquisition of equipment to join the camping is even the BARRACA. There are many types, models and brands. This is exactly where the process of choice will be very important.
Just like all hobby / leisure equipment, good tent does not cost cheaply. So there are two possibilities of not spending too much to experience the sensation of camping:
1- Get a nice tent borrowed with someone.
Give preference to a small model, good quality and enjoy the tips of who is lending. Try to camp with experienced people and take good care of the equipment. In the future you will see that the tent is a real "xodó" of the camper.
2- Buy a cheap model in a market.
IMPORTANT: Know that this choice will only serve an experiment and that in case of rain, wind or internal tightening the bad experience will only be due to the poor quality of the tent and not to the reality of the camping.
If you already want to purchase the definitive tent making the appropriate investment, look at our TYPES OF TENTS section and search both on the internet and in physical stores. Remember that if your ideal camping type is adventure, look for a compact and light tent and if it is more leisurely look for a tent that beyond the capacity (places) of the people who will inhabit, about space for luggage and other belongings. If you visit physical stores, prefer those that have a "show room" of the mounted equipment so that you can enter, lie down and simulate your camp.
If you want to know more about the types of tents and their peculiarities, check out our specific section (link), but return here to continue your learning.
After the tent is settled, there are some basic equipment to run behind. The first one is the "mattress". This is enclosed in quotation marks because it is not necessary specifically a mattress, but rather on what you will sleep. This item mainly depends on the comfort and practicality ratio that your kind of camping will result. The options are from the known SLEEP BAG, which waives the use of bed linen up to the INFLATABLE MATTRESS. In this issue we will also time other equipment that will also be discussed below:
SLEEPING BAG: The sleeping bag can be used along with the items below, but is also used alone. This is very practical, as it eliminates the use of bedding and sometimes even any mattress.MATTRESS: The mattresses are undoubtedly the most caricate and charming item of this item, which is stored curled and offers certain comfort when sleeping. It can serve as the basis for the sleeping bag or used with or without linens. The major disadvantage of it is the volume it occupies in transport, both on foot and in the car. The mat is the cheapest option for anyone wanting to start.
THERMAL INSULATOR: Some people use the thermal insulation as a base for the sleeping bag, especially some inflatable models that have more comfort, but are still less soft items and of equal disadvantage in the "volume" issue in transportation. Caution. Some brands claim that their inflatable mattresses are mattresses, but make no mistake about it. It is not the same thing.
INFLATABLE MATTRESS: More luxurious and compact item of the piece, also the most expensive one. Cheap models bought in supermarkets will be great test items, but most do not have great durability. There are models of single, widow or double and even queen-size. Some singles have buttons for joining. There are models with built-in, manual and even electric inflator. OBS: Do not count on filling the mattress in the mouth. if you choose this item, also ensure an inflator even if very simple.
LANTERN: Nowadays there are flashlights of the most different types and prices. The most affordable and modern are LED lighting. Remember that those very cheap and with option of recharging the outlet usually have an internal battery that lasts little. If you travel to places without electricity, prefer those that use batteries.
LAMP: Less and less used are still the most romantic option to light a camp. Apart from this, the lamp is still the most economical equipment when it comes to stronger and wider illumination. Nowadays, by using a gas cartridge and being bulky in the luggage, it has been replaced by the lanterns - some that even imitate the old lamps with less focused and more spread illumination.
FOGAREIRO: This item may be exempted from the first camp if there are on-site feeding options. Either way, the equipment is one of the most traditional camping arranged in various types. The most portable is even the mini cooker that is threaded into a rather light butane gas cartridge. There are models that even dispense with the use of matches.
TILES / TENTS: Tents and tents are already equipment that will be part of your first progress in camping and the need for them will depend on your own adjustments in the camping and the spaces that you personally prefer to protect. For the first camp we advise you to take a piece of canvas for construction (those very fine and cheap ones). Then calmly you will get a better canvas. There are several colors and the cheapest one is black. Try to choose a blue, yellow or even transparent. Having usually 4 meters wide on the roll, get at least 3 meters. It will serve some URGENCY like heavy rains, for example.Well these are the top equipment to be thought of and purchased for your first camp.
Testing Some Equipment
Before the trip itself, it's time to test, evaluate and check your new equipment. Have you thought about reaching your first camp and realizing that the sticks did not come from the tent and that she will not even stand? Or is your inflatable mattress stuck?
The first thing to do is test your tent. Be it new or borrowed, set up a place at home to set it up. Drag the furniture from the room or take the car out of the garage. Of course, you will not be able to stretch your cloths, but you can mount the frame (sticks) and position the overhangs to check the operation, clear your doubts before you hit the road and especially check if all items are present. Are they:
- Rods (hardware) - Structure
- Floor + Bedrooms (Internal cloths usually of fabric).
- Struts (usually nylon or canvas)
- Spigots (fundamental)
- Strings and ties to stretch the tent.
After that check your other equipment:
SLEEPING BAG: Test. Get inside him. Experience the temperature and comfort inside. Do not forget to put it in your own bag made of nylon, which slides well and helps in the compact storage.
MATTRESS: Open and check if it is in good condition. Do not try to sleep in it one night ... There is a gross difference in sleeping on a mat in the routine at home and in the vibe of a camp.
THERMAL INSULATOR: If it is old, make sure it is not brittle. If it is bent, invert it for some time and then wrap it with the top part out so that its weight in use will force it to become taut.
INFLATABLE MATTRESS: Very important to inflate it and check if there are no leaks. Dust and mold are their big enemies. To deflate at home, use a vacuum cleaner to remove all the insides. This way you will learn how the magic of the factory to put the mattress in that box. In the camping there will be no vacuum cleaner ... but in the market there are inflators with the reverse function exactly for this purpose.
LANTERN: Check the batteries and the operation of the lamps or LEDs.
LAMP: Enjoy to learn how to install the "shirt" and light it.
FOGAREIRO: Check the operation and the gas. Enjoy and try the best camper or backpackers to take on the trip.
Now look at all your stuff and imagine yourself camping .... and think about which objects and belongings to carry and which ones need to be checked. Always make use of a list (paper or smartphone) in your plans.
Basic Check List
Well ... Having the equipment discussed above is time to think about a check-list for your trip.
It is obvious that for each person there will be a different set of things to be taken for the first trip, but this text seeks to bring out useful and common belongings to help the new camper build their list of needs. Feed your list over time and always make use of it.
First check which clothes will take depending on the type of weather. If it is heat, wear a blouse and pants for cold. If cold, bring something warm. Do not forget underwear, socks and sleepwear. Do not forget to towel for bath, hat and your shoes and slippers. Swimsuit even in case of being interior. A cleaning cloth can be very useful not only to dry your things or your sneakers in case of rain, but to dry the equipment at the time of storage. Cloth to dry the kitchen utensils too.
Products of your personal hygiene are essential. Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap (liquid is very useful in camping), shampoo, comb / brush, swabs and even some healing items. Capriche in the "necessary" and choose products that do not unclog (and spill) with ease. Women do not forget your intimate hygiene and the men with the beard. Insect repellent is necessary for many people. Sunscreen is very important. ATTENTION: Never forget toilet paper. The campsites that offer this item in the bathroom are counted in the fingers.
For the part of kitchen and adventures, do not forget a penknife, cutlery, salt, sugar, cup, canteen, dishes, pan, lighter. Although we have food cans that are easy to open, be sure to bring an opener. A Swiss Army Knife has openers for cans, bottles and even for good wine. Take detergent and buchinha to wash your utensils. Do not forget a mini lock to lock the tent's zipper.
Never forget your part in the waste. Always take your trash away and carry small bags for it. Following a mini kit for special needs enter strings, small tools, tape silver tape, etc.If you are connected in technology, do not forget your camera, batteries and chargers, GPS, cell phone and those other things that you do not live without. In spite of all this, never stop taking a notepad and pen ... they do not fail in lack of energy.
Choosing a Camping
Firstly you will need to choose a campsite for your first camping trip. But first of all we must understand the philosophy of practice.
Now is the time to face the "cost" factor for the camp, since all private campsites charge lodging fees that can be "daily" or "Overnight". In the last years the prices of the campsites have grown relatively and it is very common the comparison between the price of the camping and of simple inns. The true soul camper has camping as LIFESTYLE and not as a cheap form of tourism. A person who loves camping pays even more than the value of an inn to take advantage of the wonders that the camping offers. It will not be our goal here to discuss this subject, but rather the exposition of this philosophy.
To choose a camping you will consult our CAMPING GUIDE, but before.
First you must choose if the destination will be the interior or coast. Study the characteristics of the times of the year for each Brazilian region. For example, we know that the coast in the South region is sought pretty much in the summer season, given the harsh winter. Already in the southeast, the summer is very hard hit by the sudden rains on the coast and even in winter the beach is much sought after. Also take into consideration the holiday and its frequencies and for the first camp try to choose a camping that is not crowded, does not suffer from stormy rains or even avoid empty campsites. With the time and experience you will be ready to enjoy a camping trip facing all adversities.
A well-structured camping with security and leisure options go very well in the indoor locations. The campsites of the coast already have different characteristics, having the proximity of the beach as a preponderant factor. Choose a well recommended camping that meets your needs and desires. Stay tuned for access to the type of transportation you will use. If camping is very good for you, but you do not have your own vehicle and the bus does not come so close, be sure to ask by telephone if a carer could not give you a transfer from the nearest point to the campsite. This is not uncommon.
Watch out for the level of quiet you will seek and the type of date that this camp will hold. Check out the reviews and reviews in our guide to make sure that nasty things are not part of your first adventure. Be zealous with noises. At the campsite, preference should be given to the sound of nature and respect for other campers.
ALWAYS make sure the operation of the camping contacting you before.
Now you can choose your camping in our CAMPING GUIDE.
Chose the campground and bought the lick it's time you plan your trip. With the time available, illustrate a day-by-day schedule for planning needs, tours, and so on.
First place the main expenses of the trip in the pencil tip:
- Cost of the camping days
- Fuel costs and toll (If it is own vehicle)
- Cost of tickets (If you go by public transport)
Then throw the (estimated) food and market expenses:
- Meals in restaurants- Purchases of groceries (to consume and prepare in the camping)
Then plan some tours and programs:
- Closed tours
- Fuel / travel tickets- Tickets and Tickets
Finally, throw the expenses that start in your own city:
- Market purchases- Reservations
To complete, plan extra spending according to your travel style and personal:
- Extra expenses
- Purchase of souvenirs and gifts
PLANNING THE CAMP:
For those who want to enjoy the routine of the camp, the tip is to enjoy the waiting period for the long awaited trip daydreaming and imagining what the days will be like at the campsite. Imagine from the arrival, the assembly of the equipment until some situations that you dream to realize. Take advantage of these thoughts to set your checklist, how and in what order you will accommodate your luggage, and what supplies you will have to purchase for this.
Thoroughly research the chosen campsite to find out if there are any supports that will dispense you from carrying some equipment and if there are any attractions you can prepare to take advantage of them.
Consult local guides and sites for tours. Practice this irreplaceable way of gaining knowledge with new cultures. Try to seek local cuisine, craft forms and natural attractions.
The time has come! Set the alarm clock early or count the hours to the end of the file. This is the life of a camper. It does not matter if it's the first or the thousandth camp .... the next is always a tremendous expectation. Do not feel bad for looking like a small child. This is just the feeling of those who love such a lovely practice.
Watch out for the road and look at the luggage. Upon arrival at the campsite make sure all the promised and advertised exists as searched. If available, ask to check if the campsite pleases before making the plug. Ask if there is a written regulation. Most campsites charge all the daily rates and in this case, for safety, we advise you to pay by check or hit only one night, saying that you will leave the next day. If all is well say that you decided to stay longer. Then take a walk around all the camping areas to choose the best. Avoid close proximity to restrooms and support equipment such as dishwashers, swimming pools, and communal kitchens. Although it seems practical, the movement and noise around your tent will be great.
Search your shadows according to the route of the sun. Evaluate whether you want more shade in the morning or afternoon. The tent warms up and cools quickly. Sun in the tent in the morning is for those who like to wake up early. Mount your tent by stretching the floor and then all the moorings with strings and strings. This is critical to good equipment performance. No matter how tight the strings seem to be dispensable, install them. Keep the enclosed screens as much as possible from the assembly to the end. Mosquitoes love to settle in this new "body" in the piece.
After the tent is assembled it is time to enter with the belongings. Arrange everything with calm and organization. Insert in the corners what will not be used, such as tent bag, mattress or suitcase. Arrange your clothes so that they are always organized and the hand also a wardrobe. Also keep the other belongings and equipment leaving a free area in front of the door.
An important tip: Never use the tent as a clothesline. It is common after the bath to have no place to lay the towel and throw it over the tent, but there are three things that will cause regret: 1- Rain or simple dew will soak your towel; 2- Any wind or the movement inside the tent will cause the towel to slip and go to the floor; 3- The towel will "wipe" all the dust and dirt from the tent.
In the event of rain, make sure that the tent (tent) inside is not touching the outside cloth (cover). Capillarity may cause water to enter. Take care that objects do not make this contact. It is common for example with pillows and they end up soaking.
During the camping, when you leave, pass a padlock on the tent's back. It's a symbolic security that brings a lot of confidence. In places with many animals, especially marmosets, always leave fruit and food stored inside the tent or well protected. Also remember that the tent closed under the sun will get very hot.
Fire always away from the tent. Of yours and others. A small spark devastates the nylon in the blink of an eye. This serves as much for bonfires as for stoves and barbecue.
At the time of disassembly, start by taking off the overcoat. Then remove the strings and jambs and finally the rods. Arrange everything well folded over the tent stretched out on the floor. Then fold the tent in only one direction so that it is long, in the width of the buds of the rods. Finally use the bag with the base rods to wind the tent, expelling the air from the opposite side. Enjoy to go passing the cloth to clean as you roll. With patience and care the tent will return to the same bag that came from the store. The PASSION for camping is also in the handling and care of the equipment. Enjoy the whole experience, because the urge to camp again will begin when you take the road back and you do not know when it will be the next time.
Now that it's fully operational, check out our CAMPING SECTION with much more in-depth information on the subject.Good camping.