As every camper knows, the gear you bring on a trip is extremely important. Having a well prepared list and checking it twice can be the difference between enjoying your trip to the fullest and having to wipe your butt with leaves. The following will highlight key ingredients to having the correct gear for a successful camping trip.
One of the most important accessories to have for camping is a good tent. As a means of protection from the elements, a nice tent offers a place to recuperate from a long day of fun. Make sure that all parts of the tent are accounted for before you go camping. You do not want to make it to your campsite and find out you are missing the rain tarp or stakes for your tent.
A comfortable sleeping bag is also essential . It will make any camping trip a lot more enjoyable. Look to pick one that will keep you warm and dry while also providing plenty of support.
For colder climates, make sure to pack plenty of thermal and wool clothing. Look to dress in layers and try to avoid cotton because it can lose up to 90 perfect of its insulation if it gets wet. Temperatures can drop fast so be prepared for cold nights even if it felt good during the day. If the weather forecast calls for any rain, make sure to pack some water resistant clothing. Staying dry is key!
If you are camping in a warmer climate double check to pack some shorts and maybe a bandana. It can get pretty hot during the summertime days. No matter what the climate, look to pack some hiking boots that are appropriate for the terrain, extra socks, and comfortable warm clothes to sleep in.
Some essential items that should never be forgot are toilet paper, a first aid kit, an axe and hammer, a lighter or source of fire, a compass, a couple flashlights, some insect repellent, and an extension cord. A form of communication is important as well. Cell phones or walkie talkies are ideal. Do not forget the chargers or extra batteries though.
Some popular kitchen accessories for camping are a pot and pan, paper plates, paper bowls, paper towels, plastic utensils, trash bags and coolers.
As for food, the ideal shopping list would look something like this:
- Baked Beans
- Cereal / Granola
- Precut Lunchmeat
- Canned Tuna
- Bottled Water
- Trail Mix
- Salt and Pepper
- Cooling oil
- Graham crackers
Easy to make foods are key for camping.
Think about including sunscreen, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and biodegradable soap in your overnight bag. Make sure to bring a pair of flip flops if you are going to be using a community shower.
Some fun items to bring for the campsite might be a frisbee, some playing cards, a checkers or chess board, books, a hammock or a couple bicycles. If there is electricity at the campsite, then a portable DVD or Blu-ray player could be entertaining.
For the more tech-savvy campers, maybe a portable solar charger to keep your devices powered would interest you. Or perhaps a personal drone to fly around and take pictures and video of all the breathtaking scenery you will be seeing. There is even an inflatable tent that fits into a small bag.
If you are not a big fan of tents, a lot of campers are switching over to traveling by recreational vehicles, or RVs. These machines offer all the pleasures of home that you can bring almost anywhere. They are in a sense a home on wheels.
Make sure to have a well prepared check list so nothing is forgotten!