There’s nothing quite like a trip to the great outdoors– the sights, fresh air, and the sounds blend to create an environment of blissful serenity. But, a fantasy camping trip can turn into a nightmare if you embark on your journey unprepared.
It may sound cliche, but this doesn’t make it any less true – preparation is key. And when you’re headed off to an outdoor adventure, having the necessary equipment and supplies can make a big difference in your overall enjoyment of the experience.
If you need help with your organization, checklists are a great tool. But, if you’ve never been camping before, it can be hard to get started. Keep reading for more information that will help make things easier for you.
When it comes to camping, everyone’s individual list is different. But, there are some essentials that everyone should consider bringing with them when they take on the great outdoors. Some of them include:
1. CAMPING KNIFE
A good camping knife is an essential item for any camper – they can be used to help build an emergency shelter or a fire, dig a hole, batoning, clear a path, and much more. To make a long story shot, a good knife can save your life.
The size of the blade you choose should depend on how you plan to use it. For instance, if you plan on using your camping knife to cut through wood or other bushcraft type tasks in the same vein, you will need a knife with a big, sturdy blade. On the other hand, a Swiss Army knife takes up virtually no space and comes with many tools, like scissors, saw, corkscrew, knife, and more in a compact little package.
2. TENT AND TARP
Space is all important on a camping trip, so consider a tent with a larger berth than needed. That extra space will come in handy to store a number of items or just to stretch out. Also, don’t forget the poles, stakes, ropes, etc. that you will need to set up the tent.
Tarps are an excellent item to bring with you as well – they can be used to protect the bottom of your tent or as an extra shelter at your campsite. They’re also relatively easy to pack and won’t take up much space in your camping bags.
3. HEADLAMP OR FLASHLIGHT
It gets DARK in the woods at night. Headlamps and flashlights will help you maneuver when taking a late night trip to the bathroom or sneaking a midnight snack. They are also very handy for setting up if you arrive at your campsite after sunset.
4. ODOR ELIMINATOR
Because smells tend to mingle and evolve when you are camping in a small tent, you will need something to help you breathe freely once again. Biocide Systems products will help eliminate the toughest odors including skunk odor, fish, sweat, and more. It’s an absolute must-have to keep everything as fresh as possible. Plus, since its eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable, it’s safe to use around kids and pets.
5. MAPS AND COMPASS
Most of us either have GPS on our phone or in our cars.But, these wondrous electronic maps are basically useless when camping in remote areas, where it can be tough to get a signal. Thus, it’s vital that you pack navigational essentials, like a compass and map – these items will be very helpful in situations where GPS may be unreliable.
6. FIRST AID KIT
A first aid kid is one of the most important items that you could bring along on your camping trip because scratches, burns, bumps, or cuts are virtually guaranteed to happen. Thus, it’s important to you take your kit along with you wherever you go, even when exploring. Additional considerations include
* You can either buy one or create your own. Regardless of what you decide, essential items include aspirin, gauze pads, band-aids, antibiotic ointment, antihistamine, cold medication, bandages, and tweezers.
* Make sure that you keep all of your supplies in a well marked, well organized, waterproof, and durable container. If there’s an emergency, you won’t have to root around looking for the item that you need.
* Take both a First Aid and CPR class before you head out on your trip.
* Make sure that you inspect the contents of your first aid kid often. In this way, you can restock it as needed.
* Store your first aid kid someplace where you can easily get to it
* Remember to bring along any prescription medicine or dietary supplements that you may need.
7. WATER, FOOD AND COOKING
Humans can only survive a couple of days without water, but it can be tough to get access to this essential element when you are on a camping trip. Thus, you must make sure that you bring along, at least, a gallon a day for each person. Consider storing it in a water container, they are perfect for holding drinking water and if there’s a faucet nearby, you can refill it as needed.
Food is a little trickier. It is recommended that you bring food that won’t need refrigeration, like some types of fruit, trail mix, bread, peanut butter, and jelly for snacks. Meals are a different story, suggested items are canned goods, pasta, pancake mix, powdered milk, etc. Purchase any perishables you may need locally before you cook them. We recommend sausages, steaks, and other fire friendly foods. You’ll also want to make sure that you bring along a kettle to boil water and a frying pan; nothing’s more delicious than a breakfast of bacon and eggs cooked over a campfire.
Finally, it is important to note that you must pack away all your food before you go to bed – consider locking it in the trunk of your car at night. This will lessen your chances of being visited by hungry creatures who would like a bite to eat.
Gong camping is a wonderful way to pass the time. There’s nothing quite like experiencing the great outdoors firsthand and laying under a canopy of stars as your friends tells stories around the campfire. But, to make your trip as enjoyable as possible you will need to be prepared. The above list is by no means exhaustive, but it will help take care of many of the needs of the average camper.