Camping is always great fun. You're out and about in nature, living away from all the modern conveniences of everyday life. It's a chance to unwind and remove yourself from the normal and live it a bit rough for a while.

But while camping is awesome, it can be ruined if you don't prepare well. Here's a checklist of the things you should think about the next time you head off on a camping trip.

Book your spot!

It's important that you book a spot at your campground. Quite often campgrounds get booked out fast when it's camping season. The last thing you want is for you to pack up your bags, get set and on the road, then arrive at where you thought you'd be staying only to find there's no room left. It might seem like a hassle but booking in advance will pay dividends in the peace of mind you'll gain.

Prepare your gear

The other must-do before you leave is check you have the appropriate gear. If you leave everything to the day you're supposed to leave, you might not have time to replace anything that's missing. Check everything for damage – are there holes in your tent? Mould growing on your improperly-washed serveware? Does your airbed still inflate? Is your sleeping bag smelling like it's seen better days? These are all things you'll need to check.

Organise food

When you're going somewhere that's remote, you'll need to bring food from home. Obvious, perhaps, but there are a few important things you need to consider. First, how are you going to keep food fresh? Investing in a sturdy and well-insulated chilly bill is a good idea, as it can save you money in the long run by keeping your food for longer. Second, what meals are you going to cook? You can't bring a whole pantry full of ingredients with you, so you'll need to plan what you're going to eat – simple meals that can be cooked with minimal fuss are your best bet.

If you're looking to go on a camping trip, make sure to book your hire car with East Coast Car Rentals – we have a vehicle for every budget and occasion.