The Ultimate Guide to Camping Out

So for years my girlfriend and I have been talking about going camping. We’ve heard it’s the most fun anyone can have outdoors. Well we finally did it and here are some ultimate guide to camping out tips and such we found that I hope will be helpful to anyone thinking about doing it.

First start your ultimate camping adventure in (your name) backyard camp ground. Let me tell you there’s noting like packing up and finding out that you’ve left something important at home. We decided to camp out in the backyard and thank goodness we did.

Second and just as important as first. Spread a tarp or depending on the size of your tent, several tarps for your tent to sit on top of. You want to protect your investment and have another layer of barrier between you and the ground.


Third spread your tent out and use a water proofing spray all over that tent. Don’t rely on what the box says about your tent being water proof. Unfortunately we had the tent put up and didn’t spray the roof. It just happened that a tropical storm came through and well we had to tap out and move into the house because of a ceiling leak in the tent. What size tent to get? We choose to find one that would sleep 6 so we could use part of it for an indoor living room and the other side our bedroom.



Those with Crohns will appreciate the Fourth tip. My girlfriend made a shower tent* and we purchased a portable toilet for it. I can’t even begin to tell you how important it was for me. Of course if you’re like me with Crohns then you already know. I also made a small duck tape table* to hold bathroom essentials and a small dollar store light for at night.

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Fifth if your going to take your furry child with you make sure to bring her/his favorite toy and blanket. For River we portioned out her food for the amount of day/nights we would camp out in small baggies. She took to camping like a pro! Also be mindful of your surroundings purchase a stake out to keep your pet near you and those little baggies to clean up after them.

In her infinite wisdom my girlfriend also made us a camping air conditioner*.



Of course there are the other camping supplies you want to make sure you have on hand. We decided to try out cooking using fire with wood and purchased a propane stove as well.


The first night was cooking with fire and using dehydrated packets of food. They taste surprisingly well and not too expensive. We spent about $7 for a 2 serving packet of jerk chicken and rice meal. For breakfast we cooked eggs, hash browns, and sausage.  Other camp recipes can be found by clicking here*. We found using cast iron pans to be the way to go for cooking and purchased camping dishes and utensils.


Although we had our phones and iPad we made sure to pack some games to play and actually unplugged from electronics to play them. Below you can find a link to a check list of items to have while camping. Remember your initial investment in this will make you think I’ve just spent a small fortune to live like a hobo.. LOL..

Most important thing to have is a good time.. I can wait until our next trip.. State park  here we come.. I hope you enjoyed the ultimate guide to camping out. Leave a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to mythings2doblog

Duck tape table*   This was very simple. I took a small box that I had, covered it in duck tape to make it water proof. Inside I put a grocery bag that holds our bathroom essentials  including hand sanitizer. On top of the box I put a small light that attached with sticky tape that was purchased at a dollar store.

Printable Ultimate Camp Packing Checklist

  • Backpack
  • Bandana
  • Day pack for shorter afternoon hikes
  • Glasses and /or contact lenses ( plus and extra pair)
  • Hiking boots
  • Pack cover
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Wide-brimmed rain or sun hat
  • Rainwear
  • clothing, shirts pants, shorts, etc.
  • Alarm clock
  • Axe
  • Batteries
  • Camera
  • Cell phone
  • Collapsible water container
  • Lantern
  • Matches/lighter
  • Rainfly to cover your tent in case of inclement weather
  • Rope
  • Sleeping bag/blowup mattress
  • Sit pads or sleeping pads to place underneath sleeping bags/mattress
  • Stove and fuel
  • Tent
  • Tent stakes
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking/eating utensils
  • Cook set and dishes
  • Drinking cups
  • Food
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Pot grabber
  • Pot scrubber and dish towel
  • Resalable plastic bags
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Water filter/purifier
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Body lotion
  • Comb and brush
  • Deodorant
  • First aid kit
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lip balm
  • Personal-hygiene items
  • Prescriptions
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Maps and directions
  • Money
  • Print out of campsite reservations
  • Travel journal



5 Comments on “The Ultimate Guide to Camping Out

  1. The toilet thing was an EXCELLENT idea… the whole tarp around it so clever


  2. Pingback: Camping at Jones Lake State Park – mythings2doblog

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