How to Plan a Beginner Camping Trip For a beginner, a great first trip is car camping. It really gets you a little bit initiated to the great outdoors and suddenly you realize how nice it can be to be away from electricity and television and your cellphone and conveniences, and even your bed, but at the same time, you've got your car there, so if you forget something you can always run and get it.
From home base, from your camp site, you can plan hikes, but you'll always come back, like the center of a tire, that's your home base and then you can take trips out from there. I think that makes a really nice beginner trip. I think it's just enough to feel that you accomplish something and you feel like you really tried primitive camping because there won't be a way to go to the bathroom, you'll just live off of what's on your back, so you'll have that really exciting feeling of doing that, but you'll also be so close to your car that you could run and get something if you needed to. And you'll have that safety of knowing that the car is not that far away.