5 Beginner Tips for Camping Without Electricity

At first, camping without electricity may seem overwhelming. However, with the following five beginner tips, camping without electricity becomes a piece of cake.

from Martin Gebhardt | Camping | reading time 4 Min
Updated on 22 September 2023 12.894 views 100% found this guide helpful
5 Beginner Tips for Camping Without Electricity

Martin Gebhardt

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👉 The key facts from this guide

  • Prepare well for camping without electricity and inform yourself about the campsite
  • Plan your meals in advance and prepare them as simply as possible
  • Bring enough drinking water as there may be no drinking water supply
  • Take a light source such as flashlights or camping lanterns with you
  • Become a campfire guru and practice starting a fire
  • Portable power banks will help you charge your electronic devices

When camping, the main focus is to take a break from everyday life and relax and recharge in the great outdoors.

Many campers also want to try camping in the wilderness, where there is no electricity - just them and the great outdoors.

At first, it may seem overwhelming to be without electricity.

But if you know what to do and how to handle different situations, you will find that camping without electricity is even more rewarding.

With the following beginner tips for camping without electricity, you can become one with nature and truly relax in the wilderness.

Be prepared

The key to a successful journey is to be well-prepared.

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This is even more important if you intend to camp traditionally. Make sure to research the campsite you have chosen.

You know that there is no electricity there, but is there also a water source? Where is the nearest place where you can ask for help in emergencies?

In addition, you should make sure to pack everything you need for sleeping, cooking, eating, bathing, and entertainment. It would be helpful if you create a checklist and use it while packing.

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Meal Planning

Plan your meals in advance and make the preparation as simple as possible.

Keep in mind that there is no electricity, and you will be cooking over a campfire, a grill, or a gas stove, depending on your preference.

Plan your meals for each day of your trip and decide on recipes (here are my favorite recipes) that are easy to cook.

Prepare the food at home if possible. Pack your cooler properly and make sure to prepare perishable foods first.

If you intend to cook over a campfire, make sure you have everything you need, such as:

  • Grill utensils / tongs
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pots

Bring drinking water with you

If there is no electricity in the hinterland, there is usually no drinking water supply either.

It is important to check if there is a water source at the location you have chosen. If there is one, it is typically suitable for bathing and washing dishes, but not for drinking.

Take clean drinking water with you that will last for the entire journey. You can buy water in large bottles or in smaller individual bottles, or fill tap water into large containers.

Make sure to have enough drinking water when no drinking water is available at the campsite
Make sure to have enough drinking water when no drinking water is available at the campsite

Take a light source with you

You need a light source to be able to move around the campsite - mainly at night.

You can light a campfire, but you can't move it or bring it into your tent.

So make sure to bring a flashlight, a camping lantern (find my top list here), some candles, and extra batteries.

A flashlight is a must-have when camping
A flashlight is a must-have when camping

Become a Campfire Guru

Campfires are popular during every outdoor adventure and a great way to illuminate the camp at night.

However, kindling a campfire is a skill that takes a lot of effort to perfect. If you are new to making fires, take the time to practice at a fire pit at home before going out.

It's best to check out my guide here on the website: "How to Start a Fire? [10 Steps to Success]".

If you can't practice making a fire at home before your first trip, you can watch YouTube videos, read tutorials, and get a good idea of what it means to make a fire.

If you then take a few high-quality lighters, igniters, and good ignition material like cardboard and old newspapers with you on your journey, you are well-prepared.

Take portable power banks with you

Let's face it: we are highly dependent on electricity to power our phones, cameras, e-readers, GPS devices, and even flashlights. Therefore, we must have a way to charge our devices.

If you don't intend to live completely off the grid, a set of portable power banks is a great addition to any camping gear. I recommend the 20,000 mAh power bank by Anker and a small solar panel (check out the list of best solar panels here).

And if you're camping with a car, you can often get by with larger power banks that have enough juice to charge multiple smartphones.

The Jackery solar generator is a top-class power station for long camping trips
The Jackery solar generator is a top-class power station for long camping trips

For backpacking trips, you should be as lightweight as possible. For that, I recommend a 10,000 mAh power bank, but you better check out my complete list of best power banks.

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Stay warm

Regardless of the season in which you go camping, you must prepare for cold nights.

Take a wool sweater, wool socks, thick blankets, extra bedding, sleeping pads, and a thermal sleeping bag (here's my top list) with you.


Camping without electricity is becoming easier over time - just follow these simple yet effective tips.

Take care, Martin
Martin Gebhardt

Author of the guide


Martin Gebhardt

Hey, I'm Martin. On my blog, you will learn the basics and numerous details about living in the wild. I think survival, bushcraft and the good life in nature are the keys to happiness. Find me here on Instagram or on YouTube. You can find more about my mission on the About Me page.

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