Tenting Gear Essentials
Humans camp to connect with nature but let’s face it, certain necessities help to make for more carefree trips.
If you are new to the tent camping experience, you and your family may want to borrow or rent some items. Keep this in mind: The more you camp, the less you may need. It’s a common mistake to overpack when you start out.
Below is a list of suggested items for a well prepared camping excursion – just grab your tent and go!TarpSleeping bag(s) and sleeping pad/inflatable mattressPillows (pack comfortable pillows if you are driving in – you won’t regret the decision; double up the pillowcases for extra protection)Headlamp and flashlight (and extra batteries); headlamps for kidsFolding camp chairsCamp table (...
Tips for Novice Campers
If you are new to tent camping and RVing, consider yourself inexperienced or haven’t been since you were a child you may be nervous or hesitant about it, particularly if you are trying this as a family.
Before you decide where to go think about your goals for the trip. Is it simply to figure the camping thing out and spend quality couple or family time together at a campground, or is it also to explore the park surroundings, visit local communities and attractions or to try a new watersport or activity?
Here are some top camping tips for novices and first-t...
Winter Camping for the Beginner
Winter can be a magical time to explore British Columbia and try new activities. Thankfully, there are many campgrounds and parks – both private and public – open in the ‘off-season’.
It’s true that winter camping comes with its own unique challenges and safety considerations for campers and RVers. If heading out in an RV there is winter camping trip prep to follow. For renters, note that a number of RV companies and dealers do rent out motorhomes and units in the winter. Make sure that the RV has double-pane windows, a high efficiency furnace, an interior winter cab blanket and comes with insulated a...
Choosing A Tent
When deciding on a tent think about your camping needs, what type will best suit you/your family and match your comfort level(s), and the overall practicality of the investment.TOP 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK What seasons/weather will you be camping in?How many people will the tent be for?Are you in search of a simple setup or specific features?Will you carry the tent on your back or pack it in a car?Do you need a separate partition and/or gear loft for wet items or handy storage? TYPES OF TENTS
There are many kinds of tents. Five common ones are:
Tarp: simple, ultralight single wall tent with bug netting and a floor (some are open to the elements). Recommended for campers who hike and during calm weather.