Let me just start by saying. I am NOT a camper. Camping was something my family never did growing up. The thought of being out in the woods with no bed, shower, or toilet is terrifying to me. I never wanted to sleep in a tent.
The first time I went camping was when I got married. Phil’s a camper. We spent labor day weekend 2016 camping in Maine with some friends. Although the situation was not ideal. We made the best of it. This labor day we plan to head back up to Maine for some more camping.
I love Maine. There are so many amazing places to see. One of my favorite spots is Bar Harbor Maine. We spend our days hiking at Acadia National Park and our evening dining and shopping in the town. The picture above was our first camping trip tp Bar Harbor.
Although I’m not a camper, I have found some tips, tricks, and recipes that help me out when camping. Today I’m sharing my topo 5 favorite tips for a perfect camping weekend.
MY TOP 5 TIPS FOR A PERFECT CAMPING TRIP
- PACK LIGHT – I make sure to pack an outfit for hiking, dining, lounging, and then 2 back up outfits. I also make sure we have at least one warm jacket or hoodie since we usually go up north for camping the nights get cooler. My favorite cool weather jacket is the better sweater by PATAGONIA .
- BRING SNACKS/ FOOD – Normally we take advantage of the happy hour menu and hop around from place to place when were on vacation. However, since you’re camping you have a fire right there. Marshmallows are great to roast for dessert but what about dinner? Here are 35 easy delicious dutch oven recipes perfect for camping 🔥. Other snacks like granola bars, trail mix, and sandwiches are great to keep your energy up on a long hike or car ride.
- BE ADVENTUROUS – When you’re planning a trip, make sure to look around the area you’ll be staying in for new things to try. I always look up the top things to do in which ever city were staying in. I also like to have a plan for each day were on vacation incase we need something to do.
- BRING THE RIGHT GEAR – My first mistake I made when I camped was bringing sheets and a huge down comforter 🤦🏼♀️. I thought I’d be staying warm but when night time came I froze all. night. long. I found this SLEEPING BAG that is perfect for cold night in the tent. An air mattress is also great to bring for extra comfort.
- HAVE A BACK UP PLAN – The weather (at least in New England) changes every five minutes. It’s sunny then all of a sudden a storm rolls in for the rest of your trip. If you’re driving several hours away from home make sue you have a back up place to stay incase of an emergency.
That’s it for this weeks post. I hope these tips help you out on your future trips. Let me know your favorite places to go camping. I’m always looking for new places to try!