A few years back, my family were excited about their first camping experience. We started fascinating about the things we will do and imagine the things we will see. Our destination was a coastal countryside with plush greens and expansive game reserve. I had especially dusted out my unused fish lure and equipment that has been lying in the basement. Within a couple of days, we had all our stuff packed and ready to go.

What should have been a fantastic experience rapidly turned sour. We made an error of hastily packing things and hiring a trailer at the last minute. We left a lot of things at home including prescription medicines and food items. Personally, I forgot to take my fishing gadgets. My much-awaited memories were never to be.

This is my own experience but many have experienced far worse. In my subsequent camping trips, proper planning was done based on the hard lessons learnt. If you are planning for a new or your next camping trip, this article will enlighten you on how to get the most out of it.

Write a checklist

Write down all the items that you want to take with you. There are different strokes for different folks and everyone’s desires are different. Generally, you will want to take things that will cater for the three basic need; food, shelter and clothing. Apart from this, there can be special needs such as medicines, cooking appliances, cream, soaps and even electronic devices.

Get the right trailer

After taking stock of what you want to take with you, hire a trailer that will sufficiently contain your load. Under-loading is going to be expensive for you and not also good for your safety while driving. Overloading, on the other hand, are you trying to save on cost while putting your whole family at risk. The load capacity of a trailer affects the towing vehicle’s control while braking, making turns, climbing or sloping down a heel and accelerating.

Plan early

Don’t just hire a trailer but do so early. Make sure its parked at least two days before your travelling date. You will have enough time to arrange your items inside the trailer in an orderly manner. The stuff you would have left behind will be remembered. Then you can keep adding to the items in the trailer. A day before you leave you can cross-check these items with what you have on your checklist to confirm you are good to go.

Used a capable towing vehicle-railer

Yes, your luggage is in order, so is your trailer and you are ready to venture into your camping journey. There may be just one thing you have not been mindful of. The towing vehicle. Whether it is your private car or a hired one, you have to ascertain it is cable of embarking on a long towing journey. If you are not sure, seek the advice of an expert.