How to Plan a Camping Trip

how to plan a camping trip

Kicking back and reconnecting with nature is just what you need to relax and get centered again. If all that planning has you overwhelmed, these ideas on how to plan a camping trip can help.


Make sure to bring drinking water with you if you’re planning a trip in the great outdoors. Aim to bring three litres per person, per day. Consider what you’ll be doing and how long you are going. Will you need to wash your dishes? It certainly never hurts to bring a little extra for unforeseen circumstances. Dehydration is a very serious thing and water is essential. Bring more if you plan to do strenuous exercises such as hiking and canoeing.


While it is obvious that you need to bring food with you, what to bring can be a challenge. Already prepared food that will keep for a couple of days is the easiest option. Fruit travels well as it is in its own package, just be sure it won’t get squished. Trail mixes are very portable and makes a healthy snack. Try to reduce the amount of waste you create by bringing food in reusable containers rather than their original packaging. The best foods to bring are those that require minimal preparation, such as rice, quinoa or oatmeal which is all very versatile and easy to make. It is important to consider how you will be cooking your food and if you will be bringing a cooler or another way to keep food fresh.

Pack Lightly

You probably won’t need a trunk full of cosmetics or that great fancy new camping chair that weighs 20 lbs and takes ten minutes to set up. The idea when camping is to go minimalist. Make a list of things to pack. You will only need a few basic clothing items and they should be versatile to work with the weather. Don’t wear anything that you would not wear while gardening. Camping can be dirty business. A good quality pair of running shoes or hiking shoes, a reusable water bottle, a few dishes so you create less waste, basic tools, something to sleep in and keep warm. When you think about your basic needs of food, water and shelter you can easily base what you pack around that. Anything more is nonsense.


Most camping trips are not complete with a fire, so be sure to bring enough firewood. If you plan to skip on buying the wood you will need to take tools for acquiring firewood from your surroundings. Look for fallen trees that are not yet inhabited by too many creatures, and sticks that have recently fallen to the ground. The wood should be dry in the centre or you will end up with a very smoky fire. Safety first, your fire should be contained and kept to a manageable size. Plan to create your caveman worthy fire in a clearing so as not to light any bushes or trees. Fire spreads, and it spreads quickly.

Handheld GPS

It is also wise to bring some technology when camping or hiking as this will provide valuable location and navigation features as you walk on trail to your camping site or when you need to get to point A to B. This will help your way in and around the forest. This tool is essential specially if you are not familiar with the camping site.

First Aid Kit

It is important to bring along a First Aid Kit whenever you and your family go on a camping trip. You honestly never know when you might need it. Camping is fun but you must be prepared when emergencies arises. It is also a good idea to have someone who knows basic first aid knowledge to go along with you on your trip.

Learning on how to plan a camping trip can keep camping simple and natural, it can be a very enjoyable and relaxing experience you and your family can enjoy.