101 Camping for First-Timers

Camping has always been on my bucket list, however it was not something I got around to doing until this past weekend at Mother Lode River Center in Lotus, California. And after my first experience camping, it is surely something I would eventually like to do again.

However, I know I am not the only person who has yet to go camping, so here are some tips for those who are also new to this camping thing.


What I Didn’t Expect

  • For the nights to be supremely cold
  • To have to walk a lot to get to the bathroom in the middle night
  • For the two-person tent to actually be spacious


What To Pack



  •  Swimsuit
  • Shorts
  • T-shirt
  • Long pants
  •  Wool/fleece jacket or pullover
  •  Rain jacket (suggested for early spring and late fall trips)
  •  Socks
  •  Hat/visor (baseball cap style hats fit under all our helmets)
  •  Shoes (closed toe, if possible, tennis shoes work well)



  • Tent
  • Cooler
  • Sleeping pad
  •  Sleeping bag
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Camping chairs
  • Flashlight/headlamp/lantern
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Sunscreen
  •  Insect repellent
  • Cleaning Wipes, Hand Sanitzer
  •  Plastic bag for dirty clothing (recommended)
  • Waterproof camera (optional)
  • Waterproof phone case/pouch (optional)
  • Portable Phone Chargers


Optional additional suggestions…

  • Rain jacket (suggested for early spring and late fall trips)
  • Wetsuit
  • Paddle jacket
  • Acoustical instruments
  • Book
  • Campfire stories or poems
  • S’mores
  • Firewood

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