If you're new at something, it's okay to make mistakes. When it comes to camping, it's a continuous learning process; meaning it will take some time before you master even the basics such as building a campfire, pitching a tent or even cooking over open fire. However, it would be helpful if you know the do's and don'ts of enjoying the outdoors so that you know what to avoid.

Here are some common camping mistakes that you should avoid:

Not doing research on your chosen camp site

This is one of the most common camping mistakes, and it's the largest one. Each camp site has a different set of rules and policies and it would be wrong not to do research beforehand or even call ahead. You would not want to come with your pets and find out that the site does not allow animals or that the place requires a month ahead of booking. Do not waste your holiday time looking for another site, do your homework.

Not making a checklist of what to bring

When it comes to camping, you have to pack more than just food, water and your tent. It is most ideal to create a checklist of essential things to bring beforehand. This way, you'll have ample time to complete the list before the day of your trip. It also lessens the chance of you forgetting something important. Think first aid kit, medicine, bug repellent etc.

Not investing in good quality camp gear

It's true, good quality gear is more expensive, but they will definitely serve their purpose and will last longer. If you think you will not go camping again and just need cheap supplies for one trip, you're wrong! A good quality tent, lighting and other gear are handy to have around for any other outdoor (or even backyard) event.

Not testing out your camping gear before your trip

A camping trip indeed is exciting and we're sure that you've purchased every possible gear there is in preparation. Lots of first time campers make the mistake of not trying out their equipment in advance and find out that they do not know how a certain gear works or that it simply does not work. A few days before your trip, try out your camp stove and learn how it operates. Pitch your tent in the back yard. Test out your lights. When all your gear has been tested, you're good to go!

Avoid these common camping mistakes and your trip will be smooth-sailing!

Source by Daniel J. Smith