Have you ever camped before? Maybe you grew up doing it, but don't know where to start now. Maybe you got a tent as a wedding gift and you aren't sure what to do next. Maybe you've never thought about it, but the colors on the collage above intrigue you. I can assure you that camping in a tent is something that everyone should do at least once. It might not be your thing, but I encourage you to try it at least once before writing it off completely.
I would recommend borrowing a tent if you don't have one. There are cheaper versions available at Target that do the trick, but if you are going to become a little more hardcore and go for long periods of time or expose yourself to different weather conditions, you will want to spend more money and get something that is sturdy and comfortable. Sleeping bags are another thing that you can borrow or get inexpensive if you are heading out for a night or two, but it's worth getting nice ones if you are getting more adventurous.
The list I will give you are things you can buy and use for things other than camping, but you'll definitely want to pack them for a camping trip.
Sweatshirts - Even in the middle of Summer, the temps can get a little colder once the sun goes down. You always want to have at least one sweatshirt with you. We love our Patagonia Better Sweaters - found online or at any Patagonia or REI store.
Music - We love the Jambox plus they have a mini available now. It's good to have something to play some tunes when you're sitting around the campfire. Just make sure not to be the obnoxious people at the campground playing really loud music when others are trying to enjoy the sounds of birds and wind.
Comfortable Slip On Shoes - Toms are my go-to. You'll want something to slip on quickly if you have to run to the bathrooms in the middle of the night. Many campgrounds have a bathroom facility in the area, but you'll definitely want shoes
Seating - You need something comfy to chill by the campfire. Camping chairs are a classic, especially when there's a cup holder. A hammock is another great option. We have a hammock and I set it up in the apartment often.
Bug Spray or these inspect repellant bracelets (because they are way better for you)
Flashlight or lantern for those late night bathroom runs
Food & Drinks - Beer, stuff to make S'Mores and all the other campfire snacks. Also, it's always a good idea to keep a water bottle to stay hydrated. We love our Lifestraw bottles (website here) that have a built-in filter.
Now, the next important question is where you are heading this weekend to pitch that tent? Reach out to us if you need some suggestions on places.