· If you are car camping- bring as much as you can. Food is usually more expensive close to campsites- and even things that you would not expect to cost a lot of money do end up costing a lot. Our example was firewood. We spent a total of sixty dollars for two nights worth of firewood!! If I had a fireplace at home (which I dont), we could have saved that expense.
· Check the weather before you go. Nothing is worse than waking up in torrential rain.
· Get a tent which is easy to set up. There is a wide range of prices and quality of tents- but the most important factor is how the tent is set up. I have an inexpensive tent which I can set up myself in under 5 minutes.
· Do not bring uncooked chicken or pork to eat- whether you are cooking on a camping stove or directly on a fire it is common to cook food unevenly. You do not want to be eating raw chicken or pork.
Let me know if you have other ideas…