Camp with the Camping Guru!

So you want to set up camp and have that camping adventure of a lifetime? Come along with me, your camping guru, and we’ll make it a time to remember!

Camping is one of the greatest activities there is because it gets you some fresh air in the great outdoors, lets you sample the beauties of nature and surprises you with fun and adventure every single time. Camping is both exhilarating and relaxing. For the daredevils out there, it can mean braving the elements and testing yourself against nature. For those looking for a leisurely moment of peace, it means blissfully strolling along outdoors and forgetting your cares back home. No matter what, camping always promises fun and enjoyment.

To ensure a great time on your camping trip, it is necessary to plan and prepare properly. That’s where I come in. I have been camping since I was very young and loved it from the first time I ever went. Since then, I’ve gone camping all over the world and have become something of an expert. There are lots of things to consider when going camping from location to equipment to food to activities.

I hope this blog will assist you in making your camping trip the best it can be. Please feel free to bookmark this site as there is lots of information available here and plenty more to come. If there is anything that I haven't covered that you'd like to hear about, please comment below to let me know and I'd be more than happy to give it a shot. Alright, what are we waiting for? It’s time to start planning your trip with your camping guru!

Camping Stuff to Buy

Trying to figure out what kind of camping stuff to buy?

Camping is all about packing smart and packing light. If you're a beginning camper or just someone looking to go out into nature and enjoy our green earth, you'll need to first plan on some camping stuff to buy.

Depending on where and when you're going camping, what you're planning on doing, who you're going with and how many people, your camping list may look different than someone else's. But still, there are some bare bones essentials everyone needs when they go on their camping trip.

Here is a general list of the most basic and essential camping stuff to buy:

  • Sleeping Gear: tent, ground sheet, fly sheet, hammer/mallet, sleeping bags, pillows
  • Cooking Gear: cooker/stove, gas/wood/charcoal, matches, pots/pans, utensils, trash bags, food
  • Personal Things: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels, toilet paper
  • Clothes: warm clothes, cool clothes, waterproof clothes, rain gear, hats, shoes, hiking boots
  • First Aid: first aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, band-aids, pain killers
  • Miscellaneous: flashlight, camera, batteries, map
In a nutshell:

Stay dry, stay warm, stay safe, fill up and have fun!

Portable Camping Shower

Camping is one of the greatest activities you will ever do, but out in the wilderness, you often have to forego some basic amenities. Most people are not used to going for even a day without a shower, which is why camping altogether puts some people off. If you’re the type who wants to try out an adventure in the wild, but prefers a daily shower, it’d be a good idea to look into portable camping showers to complete your collection of camping gear.

There are two pieces of equipment to consider when it comes to getting your hands on your very own portable camping shower. The most important piece is the actual shower itself. Most models are solar showered and are built with a small panel that heats the water for you so that you don’t have to suffer a cold shower. Most out there have a four or five gallon capacity which you can expect to squeeze about five showers out of without hair washing, and two or three showers with hair washing. These portable camping showers are durable and light, making them a wise addition to your gear. Here's the one we've always used and it works perfectly for us:

Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower

In addition to your bare bones portable camping shower, you might also consider getting a shower shelter or shower enclosure. This will give you an element of privacy that will let you enjoy your shower fully just as you would at home. A camp shower enclosure provides four walls around you to give you privacy, while a camp shower shelter also provides a roof for you to protect you from the elements. I like a full shelter because I like camping at all times of year and I also tend to gravitate towards campsites in areas where rain may always be right around the corner. Here's the one I've always counted on:

Wenzel 3- by 3-Foot Utility Tent

Whether you choose to bathe within the walls of a camp shower enclosure or under the roof of a camp shower shelter, a portable camping shower is an excellent piece of equipment to bring along on your camping trip. You’ll have the best of both worlds when you can feel adventuresome in the wild and still civilized with the conveniences you’re used to. Always, happy camping!