Planning for a camping trip with friends can be quite difficult. There are so many variables to keep track of, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the decisions that need to be made before you leave. And if you do decide to tackle the job together, everyone will have a lot of different ideas about what should be done! To make sure your camping adventure goes smoothly and you all end up happy, here are some important things you should consider to plan a perfect camping trip with your friend.
There are many different places you could consider for your camping trip. To narrow it down some, think about the amount of time you want to spend traveling versus the amount of time you want to spend outside in nature. For example, if you’re pressed for time and don’t have much vacation to spare, it may be best to stay close to home and camp near where your group lives.
On the other hand, if you have a few weeks before your trip and plan on staying out in the wilderness for quite some time, consider planning a backpacking trip. The next thing to think about is where exactly in nature you plan on pitching your tent or setting up camp.
Budgeting for a camping trip can be difficult because there are so many different factors to consider. Will your group have tents to use or do you need to rent them? Do you need propane for the grill? What about food, rules and regulations in the park, and other supplies?
Once you’ve determined how much money you can spend on your trip, it’s easier to start deciding what you’ll do as a group. Remember that if someone is treating, that person is responsible for what everyone else in the group wants. Save money by having low-ticket items like granola bars, flavored oatmeal packets and milk packs available when cooking a meal at the campsite.
The type of car you drive and the distance you drive influence how much money you will have to spend on camp supplies. If your vehicle is fuel efficient, you can possibly get by with a smaller camping trailer that might fit your needs.
On the other hand, an SUV will cost more because if everyone else in your group has SUVs, they’ll need to fill all the seats.
If it is necessary to travel long distances and rent a camper, there are many options available from which to choose.
4. Rules and Regulations
Just because you are camping, it doesn’t mean you won’t have to follow the rules. If a park is making changes, including cutting back on services to attract more campers, you may have to pay extra fees, depending on the park.
Usually, parks require that you clearly identify your vehicle when parking or when going in later at night. You may also wish to consider purchasing a fire extinguisher or flare gun so that campers can be seen from a distance by other campers.
Playing loud music is prohibited at some parks and it is considered disrespectful if your group starts playing late at night or later in the morning before sunrise.
If you plan a camping trip on public property, you will most likely be subject to the rules and regulations of that area.
The activities you decide to do during your trip will depend on the location of your campsite and your budget. If you are staying close to home, make sure that there is something nearby for everyone in the group to enjoy before or after the trip.
The activities available In nature are very wide-ranging and include: fishing, hiking, golfing, swimming, biking, skiing and horseback riding. You may have certain expenditures for each activity including: fishing license fees; equipment costs for biking or skiing; or fees for horseback riding on state property. If everyone has their own equipment, you can combine transportation and plan on spending a day or evening at the location closest to your campsite.
Above all, the most important part of planning your camping trip is safety. You will have to decide on the method you will use for setting up camp and whether or not it will be at a campsite.
When making this decision, you must also consider the availability of firewood. The type of wood you choose and where you purchase it from could have an impact on your experience one way or another.
When preparing to camp at an established campsite, you should always try to find a dry area and bring plenty of firewood along with you.
Packing for your camping trip will be easier if you’re organized. The sooner you decide on a plan, the easier it will be to get all your supplies packed up and back in the car in a timely manner.
When deciding which items to bring, think about how much each person will need. If there is someone who has more outdoor equipment than everyone else, that person should bring it with them so they’re not forced to share their gear with others.
Also, any items that are likely to get wet should be packed into waterproof containers and kept in your vehicle before setting up camp.
8. Tools and Supplies
Your camping supplies will have to include any and all items that you need in order to survive the trip. You should fill your vehicle with enough supplies so that if you need to wait a long time for something else to be delivered, you won’t run out of food or water. The better organized your group is, the easier it will be to keep track of everything during the trip.
Having a list of what everyone needs along with your items and hauling them in your vehicle prior to setting up camp, will also make your trip go more smoothly as everyone has what they need without having to ask for anything else.
9. Planning and Scheduling
The best way to plan is to make a list of all the items you need and then go out and get them. If you’re limited on time, try to purchase things that you can pick up the next day before setting up camp.
You should also try to avoid leaving the campsite too early in the morning or too late at night so that everyone has enough time in their schedule to do what they want while they are at their campsite so everyone doesn’t get bored with just sitting around waiting for something else.
10. Outdoor Dress Code
Dressing appropriately for the weather will keep you and your group safe. You should take into consideration the time of year, expected temperature at night and on during the day, precipitation, sun exposure and bugs.
When packing sleeping bags for your trip, you should try air them out prior to stuffing them in your vehicle so that they can retain their fluffiness for longer periods of time.
If you don’t take the time to plan other activities besides just sitting around waiting for dinner to cook, your trip could be a disaster. Try to prepare activities that are fun, but at the same time can help get your kids away from their TVs and video games for a change.
Your group should also decide what order you will be going in so that everyone has enough privacy and enough time to do what they want after the trip if anyone wants to do something else besides the regular routine.
What to Bring When Camping With Friends?
A great way to enjoy a camping experience is to invite friends or join a group and go camping. If you have any camping experience, then you probably have a good idea of what you’re going to need when camping. If not, then here’s the top ten list of things that you should bring if you are planning on going camping with friends:
1. Bug Spray
With so many members in your group, it is almost impossible to keep your food area completely safe from all bugs. So, if one person in your group has been bitten by something while they were walking through the campground, most likely there will be other instances of bug bites along the way.
2. Food and Drinks
It is important that you keep your food and drinks cold, but keep them at a manageable level. You don’t want to be carrying around heavy coolers with tons of cold drinks, but you also don’t want to be constantly running back and forth for refills.
3. Extra Clothing
Not all of your friends will need to be dressed in the same way as the rest of you, so having a few extra sets of clothes will come in handy if someone forgets something or if they find that they are getting hot after a while.
4. Can Opener
The only thing worse than trying to get through the meal with a can opener that just doesn’t work well is trying to use one that got left behind on accident. Make sure you have all the cooking supplies that you need.
The light in your campsite will never be enough for everyone, so carrying something along that can brighten up the area would be a great help to everyone, especially if it is someone’s birthday or you are celebrating something special. You will want a lamp, flashlight or even a torch depending on what exactly you are doing and where you are at during the evening of your camping trip.
6. Towels/Clean Linens
It is important to make sure everyone has their own towel when you are camping with friends. If you are sleeping in a tent, you will want a clean set of sheets and blankets, as well as pillows to sleep on.
7. Toilet Paper/Bio-Waste Bags
You certainly don’t want your friends to have to go through what some campers go through when they forget their toilet paper. Bio-Waste bags are the best, but if those aren’t allowed where you are camping, then regular old toilet paper will work just fine for the time being.
8. Rain Ponchos/Rain Coats
You never really know what kind of weather you are going to get when you are camping. You should make sure that everyone has something to keep them warm and dry in case it rains, even if it is just one small umbrella for one person.
9. A Change of Clothing
There is nothing worse than running out of clothing and having to be stuck with one outfit for the rest of your trip. Try to bring enough clothes that you can wash your work clothes or your extra dirty stuff in the morning and then change into something clean before dinner.
10. Warm Blankets
Warm blankets are good to have with you, especially if you want to sit in a chair by the campfire. They will also keep you warm while you are lying in the middle of a field during the night.
11. Portable Fan
If there is one thing that you should be worried about when camping with friends, it is the mosquitoes because they will follow you around and bite you all night long. Having a portable fan or two to keep them away from your tent would be perfect for your trip.
Whether you are camping with friends or just going out to get away from the world for a night, it is always great to be able to have a good time. Don’t limit your camping experiences because of the way you look or what you wear. If you have a group of friends, then your outdoor experience is going to be a lot better than it would have been if you just went solo.