Not everyone is a fan of camping. But with travel plans halted for most of 2020 due to travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us just want to satisfy our wanderlust. And what is the easiest way to do it? Camping, of course!
Most of us think camping is all about dirt, bugs, and other infamous inconveniences. Nowadays, however, the outdoor industry has revamped camping making it more comparable with the help of modern technologies.
If you are planning on going camping any time this year, consider the following tips for an ultimate off-road campervan experience.
Select a Good Campsite
With the right campsite, you are sure to keep your camping trip a fun adventure rather than a frustrating one. Websites such as the Dyrt and Hipcamp with their well-curated reviews could give you a good idea of what to expect at a campsite. This also helps you figure out which campsites suit campervans or tent campers.
Be Sure You Can Drive Your Van
Driving a campervan can be a bit more challenging than driving a regular car. If you are renting, make sure you know how to drive one before heading camping to avoid any accidents and unnecessary inconveniences. If you are not familiar with driving a manual, opt for an automatic transition instead.
Have an Itinerary
While a campervan gives you much flexibility, it is still the best idea to have a plan for your off-grid camping trip. Layout all of the sites you would want to visit and all the necessary items you have to bring for the trip. A go-with-the-flow attitude would not hurt, but it is still better to be prepared.
Bring Someone You Love
If you are going camping with family members, a partner, or friends, be sure to bring someone you like. You will be spending a lot of time together and there is no way around it. But if someone you are not a fan of is joining the trip, better hope you do not get stuck with this person during a rainy day down the road.
Check Your Vehicle
Before you get all too excited for your off-grid camping trip, make sure you check your vehicle’s engine and gears. You do not want your campervan breaking down in the middle of nowhere. This step is also crucial to help avoid any untoward accidents that might happen while you are off driving.
Gear up for a Good Night’s Sleep
Just because you are off camping does not mean you also have to endure sleeping uncomfortably. Getting a good night’s sleep while camping can make a huge difference between a fun one and a dreadful one. Be sure to pack a tent, a sleeping pad, and a sleeping bag to stay warm and comfortable outdoors.
Up Your Meal Planning
Meal prep before you leave. It is very frustrating after a long day of hiking only to find no heart food waiting for you. Figure out how many meals you will need for the trip and what you would want to eat. Head out to your local grocery store to buy ready-to-eat meals, or consider these easy camping meal ideas.
Bring Layers for Cooler Nights
Seasoned campers would agree to the importance of layers and waterproof clothing. Even during the summer months, temperatures may drop low once the sun goes down. Be sure to pack a jacket, blanket, and a cozy hat for you to stay comfortable while drinking a hot beverage early in the morning.
Bring the Right Footwear
Wearing good shoes is crucial in any event, including off-grid camping. Be sure to bring with you the right footwear for the trip. Wearing dry and breathable shoes allows your feet to stay dry and comfortable while avoiding blisters and other foot injuries. And who could enjoy a camping trip with bad shoes on?
Since you are planning on off-grid camping, make sure you have all camping essentials with you. Beyond tents and sleep bags, make sure you have back up batteries, flashlights, and a multi-tool. Bringing a first aid kit with you also comes in handy. Accidents could happen anywhere.
but Do Not Overpack
Since you only have limited space, make sure you do not overpack with your stuff. Bring just enough clothing which you could mix and match. If you have to bring equipment, opt for portable ones such as a camping satellite internet, collapsible tables and chairs, and a portable stove.
Once you have ticked off all of these items on the list, you are ready to have fun on your off-grid campervan camping.