The first thing you can do is to research camping locations to decide which one will be the best for you. Check weather conditions on where you will be going. Although what you take along on your trip can vary, depending upon where you are going and how long you plan to stay, there are certain important survival items that will be necessary.
A sleeping bag is a necessity so that you have something soft as protection from the ground. You will need a tent to protect you from the elements and from insects and bigger critters that you may not want to share your quarters with. Towels and other articles of clothing can do double duty to elevate your head and make you more comfortable.
Be thoughtful when selecting clothing items to take along. Long-sleeved shirts made of lightweight material will provide insect protection. Long pants are a good idea for the same reason. These will also protect you from plants that can cause rashes. You will need to pack extra clothes to handle the unexpected which could take the form of an unexpected rain or an accident that could result in torn or damaged clothing.
Since you do not want to rely on fishing and fresh water springs, be prepared by bringing with you dried or canned foods as well as bottled water. Follow safety guidelines for food storage, unless you are willing to risk sharing your food with a bear or other wild animal.
A survival knife can serve many purposes and is essential camping gear. These knives are multi-purpose and can be used for opening canned food, preparing fish for eating and for general cutting purposes.
To add to the comfort of your camping trip, it is nice to have chairs and maybe a radio or musical instrument as well. A flashlight plus extra batteries are a necessity. Another good idea is a roll of duct tape to correct a tent that may develop a tear.
Be certain to use fire with caution. Once you know that fires are allowed in your area, make sure that you set a ring of stones around the fire to make sure it is contained.
Learn all you can if you a novice camper before the experience. Take an experienced camper with you to as a great way of learning and adding to the fun of camping.