Camping can be a horror or heaven. It all depends on three things: were you prepared, who went with, and the weather. Camping should be fun, not a trial. Consider these three factors before going on your camping trip. You can’t control the weather but you can decide when you go. You can make sure to take the right gear. You can make sure you are in good company.
A last minute camping trip is no place to test out new equipment. Familiarize yourself with your equipment before taking it out. Do you have the right tent? 2 man tents are great for one person but miserable for two. A 4 man tent might be a better option for you if you plan on not sleeping alone. Would an air mattress be appropriate? Do you know how to start your camp stove? These are things you should consider in regards to your equipment before leaving for the camp ground.
Good people make for a good time. The last time to listen to while you are trying to enjoy the great outdoors is someone complaining about the bugs and the heat the entire time. Take along friends who enjoy the outdoors like you do and you are well on your way to a good trip. You’ll enjoy hiking, fishing, and exploring the great outdoors even more if you are surround by great friends.
Weather is also important. Long extended trips are bound to have one or two days of bad weather, but there is no reason that you should go on a short camping trip when it’s going to rain every day. Stay home and go another weekend.