What to Take for a Perfect Camping Trip
A camping trip is an amazing activity that can be made even better if you have the right supplies and knowledge. Whether you’re a new camper or an experienced one, packing for a camping trip can be tricky. With the abundance of camping gear nowadays, it’s hard to figure out what is necessary and what isn’t. As a father of three and a veteran camper, what I’ve come to know through personal experience is that when it comes to camping, it’s important to pack smart and not carry too much. To help simplify the basics of what you need to bring, below are the must-take items that will help make your camping trip experience an unforgettable one.
Shelter and Sleeping Bags
When choosing shelter for your camping trip, you’ll want to select something that’s lightweight, easy to set up, and highly resistant to the elements. While tents are the classic choice for camping, you may want to consider cube tents if you’re a person who likes the freedom to stand upright and see your entire surroundings. Or the traditional camping hammock, for those who are looking for a more lightweight and affordable alternative.
Sleeping bags play an essential role in keeping you warm during your camping trip. But that doesn’t mean you have to invest in top-of-the-line gear. Instead, focus on the kind of temperature rating that suits your environment and the type of camping you’ll be doing – cold weather camping will require a different sleeping bag than hot weather camping. Make sure to select a lightweight and durable option from a reputable brand.
Cooking Gear and Food
Camping trips are an excellent way to test your survival skills, and part of that is being able to cook in the elements. When it comes to a cooking gear, you’ll want a stove that is easy to pack, assemble, use, and clean — often referred to as a “backpacking stove”. There are a variety of stoves available, and it’s up to you to decide which type is best for your camping trip.
You’ll also want to make sure that you’re fully stocked up on food before you head out. Go for easy and lightweight meals like freeze-dried foods or canned goods. Don’t forget that with any perishable foods, you’ll need to bring ice with you. Bring plenty of snacks and drinks, too. Remember, you need to bring food that is not only nourishing but also helps keep your spirits up!
Lighting and Fire
When it comes to fire, it’s best to bring one or several fire starters and some thermal blankets. Fire starters will be of great aid if the wood is damp or wet, and thermal blankets can be used to spark a fire even when it’s cold and windy. You’ll also want to bring lighting gear with extra batteries. Whether you prefer the more modern lighting options such as Arduino-based lights or classic candles, bringing illumination will allow you to spot unexpected obstacles like spiders, snakes, and wild animals when you walk in the dark. Plus, it will make your campsite feel more homey!
Tools and Other Supplies
Beyond the basics, having the right tools and supplies can make a huge difference in your camping trip. Bring along an LED flashlight for illumination, a hammock for lounging, a multitool knife for just about anything, a compass for navigational needs, firewood if you plan to build a fire, and a tarp for additional protection from the elements.
If you’re heading out for more than a few days, you may also want to consider packing a first aid kit, a makeshift sink or soap, potable water, a medical waste bag, storm protection equipment, and a basic repair kit. And if you can, toss in a few extras to keep you entertained, such as playing cards, board games, or reading material.
Here is a video with additional tips on what to take for a camp:
The trick to a comfortable and fun camping trip lies in smart planning and packing the right essentials. Once you have narrowed down the essentials, you can focus on finding the best camping gear that fits your needs and budget. With the basics in your hand, your camping trip can be an amazing experience, where you wander the wilderness and return with amazing memories that will last a lifetime.