Last Minute Checklist for Camping
Are you heading out on a camping trip with your family and friends? There is no doubt about it that camping trips are an amazing way to get outside and explore rolling hills, sandy beaches, and lush forests. Camping can be an incredibly intimate activity for families, friends, and couples alike, but it’s important to be sure that you’re well prepared for your trip so that the whole crew can have the best time possible. This article will give you a last minute checklist of all the essentials you need to bring for camping so you can hit the road stress-free.
Camping Gear and Equipment
Your first port of call when preparing for a camping trip is to make sure that all of your camping gear and equipment is in working order. From tents to fire pits, sleeping bags and more, investing in good quality camping gear is always a good idea. I have been camping for many years now and have always traded in the old for the new when needed – it has saved me many a sleepless night over the years.
When it comes to tents, look for one that has a waterproof floor, a strong seam and double-stitched poles for added strength. The poles of the tent should be constructed with heavy gauge aluminum or steel. And for those camping with larger groups, look for tents with divider walls to create private sleeping quarters.
When it comes to sleeping bags, look for one that is rated down to at least 10 degrees. This way, you are sure to stay warm and comfortable, whatever the temperature drops.
For fire pits, fuel-stoves, and barbecue sets, aim to have at least one good quality item for each activity. Testing out your gear beforehand will also help to make your camping experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Essential Clothing & Footwear
The clothing and footwear you choose when camping needs to be durable, practical and comfortable. Look for lightweight, waterproof hiking boots, and weather-resistant coats and pants. Bring along a few layers of comfortable, warm clothing so that you are prepared for sudden changes in the weather. It is also a good idea to have a sunhat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and head from the sun and a bandana for hot days.
I always keep a wash-bag in my camping bag with the basics like toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, a mirror, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Make sure your whole family brings along their preferred toiletry items.
Food & Cooking Items
When you’re camping, it’s important to think about how you’ll feed yourself and your family. Things like coolers and ice packs are important when it comes to keeping food fresh, and a strong waterproof tarp can also be handy for setting up camp in wet weather. And when it comes to cooking food, make sure you have a good selection of the essential kitchen items like kitchen knives, a pot or pan to boil and cook with, chopsticks, and serving ladles.
I’m also a big advocate of basic non-perishable food items like nuts, jerky, trail mix, crackers, and dehydrated food. I always pack a large bag of each and keep it stowed away in my car or camping bag so I won’t have to worry about it if I’m running low.
First Aid Kit & Emergency Supplies
Your camping checklist should also include a first aid kit and emergency supplies like a flashlight, a whistle, and a fire extinguisher. Depending on the type of camping you’re doing, you may want to consider packing a few items like bear repellent, a compass, and a hand-held radio that can pick up local TV and radio broadcasts. Bring some insect repellent to keep the bugs away, and a few meters of rope to help with basic group tasks.
Finally, if you’re taking children on your camping trips be sure to bring along child safety and protection items like a child seat and sun hat.
A Final Word of Advice
Camping is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience, and with a little bit of planning and preparation, you can make sure your whole family has an enjoyable trip. Before you leave on your camping adventure, it’s always a good idea to make a checklist of all the essentials you need to bring along so that you don’t leave anything behind. And if you’re new to camping and need a bit of guidance, why not watch this short video for more tips and advice on what to bring for a camping trip.
With the help of this last minute checklist, you’ll be sure to have everything you need for your camping trip. Now all that’s left to do is for you to go out and enjoy yourself!