Camping is a fun-filled and rejuvenating activity to enjoy nature. It provides you the chance to re-energize yourself while being in the wilderness. Before you head out to your car, there are some tips which you must keep in mind for your camping trip.
Indeed, camping in nature doesn’t demand a huge closet full of clothes and shoes. But, there are some essentials which you shouldn’t neglect. During camping, you won’t be able to get essentials at the last minute. Unlike in other trips where if you have forgotten something, you can grab it from the nearby store.
So, if you are going for a camping trip, ensure that you pack the essentials smartly. Here is a checklist of the essential items that will make your camping trip enjoyable.
1. Tent and sleeping bags
Even if you love sleeping under the stars, tents should be the first thing to pack before heading for camping. Otherwise, a midnight deluge or heavy dew can put you at risk of getting hypothermia. A tent will provide you enough protection from rough environments and wildlife. Also, whenever you pack tents, make sure you keep stakes, tent poles, and rain fly too.
Sleeping on the grass sounds like fun, but it won’t be enough to keep you warm after sunset. The temperature can even drop down to 20 degrees. Also, insects can take a toll on your exposed body during the night time.
Thus, to get comfort and protection during camping, remember to keep your sleeping bags and traveling pillows with you. You can also take an air mattress if you want a deep slumber at night. You can easily carry tents and sleeping bags if you install a roof rack stores on your vehicle.
2. Flashlights and candles
Flashlights are another must-have if you are camping. They help locate your belongings in the tent and navigating your way to the latrine at night. During packing, always consider putting some extra batteries for flashlights. Alternatively, you can also carry a lantern since it doesn’t need batteries and can stand on its own.
Also, pack some bug repellent and Citronella candles to keep bugs, mosquitoes, deer flies, and other insects away from you and your family. Carry anti-itch cream to apply on your body in case of insect bites.
Further, carry some type of fire starter (lighter, matches, magnesium lighter) to start a campfire. Camping would be incomplete without the warmth and sound of a campfire. So, fetch some dry bark or newspaper rolls with you as well.
3. Bottled water and water filter
No doubt, water is the most essential thing you will need while enjoying your time in nature. But, drinking directly from lakes and rivers may cause illness. The best way to get around this is to carry a gallon of water with you for drinking, cooking, washing, etc. Likewise, you can take a water filter or water purification tablets with you if you are going to drink from a stream.
4. First aid kit and personal items
If you choose an appropriate campsite, you will be free from life hazardous situations. But even low-grade hiking or forest roaming can result in cuts, bruises, and blisters. The first thing you have to do to treat an injury is to rinse it with water. Next, you should keep a bottle of antiseptic liquid handy with you.
Your first aid kit should include the following:
- Antiseptic soap
- CPR mouth barrier
- Emergency whistle
You should also keep some personal items in your backpack too. Some of them are:
- Pocket knife: a pocket knife is a multipurpose tool that can ease your camping experience. It can be used to cut ropes, slice bait, slice cheese, tighten a screw, or open a sealed container. Without a knife, you will ruin your camping experience.
- Navigation items: if you are going to camp or hike in remote areas, ensure that you carry GPS, compass, and a map with you. Failing to bring navigation tools with you will make you feel lost in the woods.
- Toilet paper: Campgrounds often have unavailability of toilet papers. So, always carry some toilet paper rolls with you and dispose of them in a refuse bag.
5. Books and games
You don’t want to get bored staring at the trees and clouds, right? Well, if yes, then you must carry books and board games with you. You can also pack some bedtime stories to make your kids feel comfortable during camping.
Besides, picking up your favorite novel with you will be your best decision, if you want to read it in peace. You can create joyful memories by playing board games with your family amidst nature. It is far more captivating and enjoyable than sitting in front of a TV screen.
Camping offers you the best getaway from the rush of city life. It provides you with numerous experiences that you can cherish for your lifetime. To further enhance your experience, remember to pack these essential items with you whenever you head out for camping.