Preparation for your upcoming trip can make the difference between a relaxing weekend and praying that Monday cant come soon enough.  There are many considerations you need to think about when preparing to go camping.  If you have been camping before you know how important being prepared can be.  If you have never been camping before knowing where to go and what to take with you will make all the difference.

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There are many types of tents for you to choose from.  The biggest thing you have to consider when you buy a tent is how many people will be sleeping in it.  When you go to the store the tents will be labeled with a range of the maximum amount of recommended occupants it will sleep.  We don't recommend that you try to cram too many occupants into a tent that is too small.  The last thing you want is to spend the night next to someones smelly feet and not be able to get away.  Once you find the right size of tent you need to figure out what your budget is.  The more expensive tents protect you better from the weather and are lighter and easier to carry.  Keep this in mind when you are shopping for your tent.

The website
http://www.rei.com/category/4500001_Tents+and+Shelters is a great resource for viewing pictures and getting information about types of tents that are available.

Other types of tents include food tents, beach tents, and even tents for your pets or children.  There are even tents that you can buy that mix a combination of these and have a screened room off from the main sleeping area.  These are particularly nice because it provides a barrier for the dirt from entering your sleeping area especially if it rains.

Maybe the tent is not for you.  RVs have become more popular in the camping industry.  It is easy to rent an RV for a week or a weekend and there are many places that offer rentals.  Buying an RV is cheaper than ever before.  There are many kinds of RVs for you to choose from depending on what type of campground you will be camping at.  There are RV shows you can go to where you can preview many different types of campers and RVs.  At a show you can go inside many RVs to determine what characteristics and layouts would be best for you.  You can even talk to a salesman to discuss prices or what your vehicle is capable of towing.

Trailers are perhaps the most popular when it comes to RVs.  Perhaps the biggest reason is the price.  A trailer doesn't have an engine so there is less maintenance and cheaper cost,  typically your registration and insurance cost for your trailer is cheaper too.  When you are looking at trailers the first thing you need to look at is what you will be towing with.  If you have a minivan you will probably need to stay with a really lightweight trailer like a popup but if you have a Full Size Diesel Truck you can pull a fifth-wheel trailer.  Look at your owners manual of your vehicle to determine what the maximum weight of a trailer you can pull is and then look at RV trailers for purchase or rent on your next camping trip.

Two Types of Trailers Include:

  • Fifth Wheel:  These can only be pulled with a truck and mount to a specialized trailer hitch in the middle of the truck bed.  They tow safer and easier down the road and are easier to steer when parking in a campground.  Generally they are more expensive and have better luxury because of their larger size.
  • Tow Behind Campers:  These can attach to almost any vehicle (depending on size)  They attach to your trailer hitch behind your vehicle.  There are many types and sizes of tow behind campers.
Motorhomes generally are more expensive than RV trailers but there are benefits to having a Motorhome that many people enjoy.  Generally, you can sleep more people, enjoy more luxury, and set up camp quicker with a Motorhome.  Once you park and hook up your basic lines to the campground its off to the beach to enjoy your day while your neighbor next to you is still trying to figure out which poles go in what holes on their new tent.  It is important to note the differences between the different classes of motorhomes.

  • Class A Motorhomes:  These are the largest and are usually built on a bus frame.  They carry the most weight and as a result offer more luxurious options.  They frequently have diesel engines so they can get better mileage.  Class A Motorhomes usually are more expensive too.
  • Class B Motorhomes:  These are smaller versions of the Class A and are built inside the existing structure and size of a Van.  They get the best mileage because of their size but still can offer similar amenities like bathroom, bedroom, and refrigerator.  Class B has become more popular in the last few years as gas prices continue to go up.
  • Class C Motorhomes take a Van or Truck and attach a custom frame to lengthen it to a long motorhome.  They are often best known for the overhang above the cab.  Frequently, they are cheaper than Class A because they are built with a Ford or Chevy engine and cab rather than on a Bus Frame.
Truck Campers and Toy Haulers are other options available on the market for a more specific RV experience.  Truck Campers are easy to quickly put in the back of your truck and turn it into an instant RV.  Toy haulers offer the same amenities of an RV with the ability to carry your ATV, Motorcycle, or even Lots of equipment.  Whatever you wants and needs there is a RV for you.

The right Camping Gear is extremely important, make sure you have the right equipment for where you are going.  You need to constantly think about what weather you can expect and what amenities the campground you are going to will provide.  Food preparation and being able to make a campfire are very important things to think about before you hit the road on your way to the campground.

List of Typical Camping Gear and Camping Supplies

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tent
  • Lots of Extra Clothing
  • Kitchen and Cooking Supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Tarps, Clothes Line, and Maintenance
  • Chairs
  • Campfire wood, matches, starter material
  • Food and Water
  • Lighting
  • Quality Backpack
  • A Good Book