How to Plan a Stress-Free Camping Trip

June 30, 2017
How to Plan a Stress-Free Camping Trip

Planning a camping trip isn’t hard. But the truth is, you can plan everything right down to the last detail and still have things go terribly wrong.

There’s no way to completely safeguard against a holiday mishap. But there are some common mistakes people make when planning a camping trip, and knowing how to avoid these can put you on the right track to having a happy holiday.

Borrowing gear

Not everyone owns all the camping equipment needed for a great camping trip, so sometimes we have no choice but borrow the gear we need.

Now, no one’s arguing that it’s not a good thing to be able to share things with your friends and family, but if you are relying on borrowed gear – test it first.

Seriously, you need to make sure everything you’ve borrowed to take on your trip (or lent out since your last trip) is tested before you leave. If you weren’t the last one to use it, double check it.

Being a gourmet camp chef

You’ve planned your meals – great! But have you considered how you’re going to prepare them and the added time you’ll need when cooking them on a camp stove?

When it comes to being a camp chef, the clever cook takes the cake. Think of recipes that only require two or three ingredients and if you want to get fancy, prep ingredients at home before you leave. Otherwise, by the time you’ve finished cooking, everyone will have filled up on trail-mix.

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Packing the car on the day

We’re all human. Sometimes we leave things behind — even after we’ve created a carefully thought-out list and dutifully checked everything off.

You can create lists and check things off all you like, but unless you’re only checking things off once they are safely packed in the car (and make sure you don’t take them out again to rearrange), you are leaving yourself open to error.

If possible, pack the car the day or night before you leave. That way if, for example, you have left your camera charging on the kitchen bench, you’ll be sure to notice it and pack it in the car before you go.

What’s more, packing can often take longer than expected, so it’s always good to get it done before the day you leave. This way, when it’s time to set off on your holiday, you can do so in a calm, relaxed frame of mind.


Check the weather forecast

Camping in bad weather doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have a terrible time but it does require planning. At minimum, you want to ensure you have a tarp or pergola big enough to sit under comfortably if the rain is coming down sideways. After-all, sitting in the tent playing cards is only fun for so long.


Camping is supposed to be about getting away from the stress of everyday life, getting back to basics and leaving the routine of the city behind.

So just remember: if you do forget your camera, or if one meal doesn’t work out, or you get a bit wet one night because you didn’t check the tent before you left, it’s not the end of the world. You’re on holiday, so act like it.

Much of the enjoyment you get out of life depends on how you react to the things that happen to you. So why not plan as best you can, and when things don’t quite work out (because sometimes they won’t) put them behind you and have the best camping trip ever anyway.

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