Guide to planning your first camping trip

July 6, 2021 | CAA Niagara

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One nice thing we can say about 2020 is that it was the year camping made a comeback. According to a fall report by Kampground of America (KOA), one in four North Americans took their very first camping trip last year. Camping is likely to be even more popular this year, and it's not hard to understand why. With proper planning, a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors is just a reservation away, even for beginners. If you're new to camping, read on for some great tips to consider when planning and packing for your road trip.

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Pack for unexpected weather conditions.

Don't let bad weather put a damper on your trip. If you have space, it never hurts to pack extra clothing, towels, and blankets to aid in an unexpected cold spell, heatwave, or rainstorm. If you're heading far from home, check the weather report frequently before you depart, as conditions can change quickly. 

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Consider your campsite needs.

When you start to plan your trip, think about what type of campsite you want. Will you need electricity or do you prefer an unserviced campsite? Most parks offer multiple options, including drive-in sites that allow you to bring your vehicle right onto your site, as well as backcountry sites that are accessible by hike or paddle.

The type of site you select may also rely on your preferred accommodations. Smaller sites are great for tents may be less expensive. If you're travelling with a camper or RV, be aware that most sites have a maximum trailer length. 

Be aware of your wild neighbours.

When camping in black bear country - which, for the record, is much of Ontario - you'll want to follow a few key tips to ensure you're keeping your space safe while respecting theirs. Bears have some of the keenest noses in the animal kingdom, so remember to:

    • Mask the scent of your food by using a food locker on-site or wrapping food in multiple layers of packaging.
    • Cook food as far away from your site as possible and wash your dishes as soon as you're done with your meal. Never leave food in your tent. 
    • Keep your site clear from garbage and other items that might carry bear-attracting scents.

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