This week officially marks my last week of summer vacay! Since it was everyone’s last weekend before school, we all decided to do our usual Annual Summer Trip… camping! Yup, I actually went camping for the first time at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara. The venue was definitely great for first-timers such as myself as there were a handful of restrooms and showers available (50 cents for 3 minutes!). Aside from the fire that was taking place across the lake – which actually worsened after a few hours into the trip – we still managed to have a good time eating veggie burgers and cooking s’mores at our bonfire. The weather was also really refreshing at night as well as in the morning; everyone felt rejuvenated from as early as 7am (yes, sleeping in a tent is actually comfortable!)
Based on my experience, here are a few tips I would suggest for new campers:
- Be prepared for extreme weather conditions, so pack appropriate clothes/layers. The fire may have added on to the summer heat, but during nighttime it was freezing cold.
- Pack TONS of easy-to-cook food/water! We packed the basics: hot dogs, patties, bread, eggs, turkey slices, watermelon, stuff for s’mores, etc… and tons of water! STAY HYDRATED.
- Bring cards/games for bonding activities. My group actually failed to bring some as we thought someone else was going to bring it. Make a list for each person to bring a designated item.
- Blankets/Pillows (you can never have enough!)
- Fishing rods, if you have a fishing license.
- Camera for the spectacular view
- A positive attitude! This one’s crucial for newbies; you don’t ever want to bring the mood down just because you found a bee in your drink (personally happened to me…) or because your entire outfit is covered in dirt. It’s important to allow nature to take its course instead of being accustomed to the city life.
Some great websites for camping gear/tips I’d recommend include:
- DICK’s Sporting Goods
- 25 Tips For Making Camping Easier & Fun
- 101 Camping Tips & Ideas
- Camping Tips and Resources Guide for Beginners
Going outdoors is a wonderful break from being in the city all the time. From the scenic views to cooking in the woods, it’s honestly such a refreshing experience. Feel free to leave any comments/tips if you have any! xo