Backcountry Camping

Frontcountry Camping Preparation Guide

Frontcountry is a type of camping that has so much to offer. Also known as car camping, it involves visitors to an established campsite or park bringing their cars to the vicinity. The group usually has roads in loops, and each of these loops has areas that welcome them and open spaces for setting up tents and parking an RV.

What should be on your checklist during frontcountry camping? Some say it is the more convenient type since the vehicle can be used as storage and lighter backpacks are used.

Tips on packing water

One of the first things that shouldn’t be forgotten when preparing for frontcountry camping is water. You cannot always rely on booths or stores that sell water around. It will be cost-efficient to bring a water jug with you and fill this with water. The spring and the summer seasons are fast approaching and unlike the winter, temperatures will go higher. If you want cold water to drink, you can have ice inside coolers. The water will be used for drinking, cooking, and washing utensils. A few areas to consider:

  • Select water jugs that are space-friendly
  • The option to bring tumblers for each individual in the camp is also advisable
  • Place water jugs in stable areas in your car or RV to avoid spillage

Food preparation

One great thing about frontcountry camping is how some aspects become extensions of your homes. It is much more relaxed than getting ready in backcountry. Food storage is an important area of concern when it comes to frontcountry. Have a strategy to place snackable goods like cookies, biscuits or chips in areas in the car where they are not covered by other packages. At the same time, for those food items, perhaps cooking ingredients that will not be used during the road trip, it is alright to take them right under seats. Weigh on the options to bring ziplock.

For cooking, it is best to find tools that offer dual purposes to save on space. What you’ll probably need are knives, cutting boards, flippers, skillet, camping stove with fuel, cups, plates, and utensils.

Tips for bedding

Unless you have a nice and sophisticated RV that has bedrooms so you just need to get back into your RV during the night, you will need to know tips on setting up shelter. Since you are bringing a car with you, it is easy to recline the seats and spend the night sleeping and resting as you usually would do on the road. But if you want more comfort, try these guidelines:

  • When bringing a hammock, research about the area if there are posts and trees where you can install them. It is advisable to bring a waterproof hammock
  • Use sleeping bag that best suits your preference for comfort
  • Save space by filling pillows you’ll bring with you with clothes or undergarments
  • Some campers prefer to bring pop-up shelters to cover their utensils or tools they previously used for cooking

Supplies for cleaning

Many national parks frequented by frontcountry campers have regulations when it comes to maintaining the cleanliness of the area. It is best to get ready ahead of any hassles that you might encounter. For your cleaning supplies, always have biodegradable soaps, scouring pads, a number of wash basins (one for soap, one for sanitizing, and one for rinsing), and paper towels. You can also use a multi-purpose soap for personal hygiene. Then, include towels, toothpastes, toothbrushes, floss, and women’s hygiene items in a separate kit. If you are bringing children with you, be sure that they are aware of where to find these supplies whenever they need them.

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