Five Tips for First Time Campers

Are you new to the RV world? Welcome to the club! In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the RV industry has seen tremendous growth. Total shipments for towable RVs ended 2021 up almost 40%.

Setting out on your maiden voyage can seem overwhelming. Here are 5 tips for first-time campers to help you discover the great outdoors!

1. Pack Cookware Essentials

Whether you’re cooking over the campfire, a portable grill, or your RV’s stove, you’ll need some key kitchen tools beyond a pot and pan. Here are some items you may overlook:

  •             Potholders
  •             Utensils such as a large spoon, spatula, and tongs
  •             Bottle opener – it’s 5 o’clock somewhere
  •             Can opener
  •             Sharp knives
  •             Cutting board
  •             Roasting forks
  •             Tablecloth
first time campers cooking

2. Use a Leveler System

Leveling your travel trailer is important for more than just comfort. Doing so will keep your equipment running at maximum efficiency and avoid damaging your appliances and plumbing system. Learning to level your RV can be a learning curve, but it becomes second nature once you’ve gone through the process. 

RV Leveling System
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3. Always Arrive Before Nightfall

Setting up camp in the dark is hard for even the most seasoned campers. For both convenience and safety reasons, always get to your campsite with plenty of daylight hours left. Some campgrounds and RV parks even have zero-tolerance policies for late check-ins. It’s always a good idea to call the camp office before you arrive to make sure you’re aware of check-in times.  

First time camping set up
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4. Dress for the Occasion

A common theme for camping trips is that space is limited. Here is a list of clothing items that are suitable for adventure and comfortable for relaxation.

  •             A hat for sun protection
  •             Rain gear
  •             Close-toed shoes
  •             Extra socks 
  •             Short and long sleeve shirts
  •             Jacket
First Time Campers Hat
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5. Entertainment

Sure, you plan to spend as much time as possible exploring the great outdoors, but the weather can be unpredictable. Even in perfect weather, you might want something more relaxing than a hike to keep you busy. Bring your favorite card games, puzzles, books, or yard games to keep you entertained. 

first time camping relaxing

So, there you have it, our top 5 tips for first time campers. We hope after reading this article you feel better prepared to take on any adventure!