Fantastic Things You Need to Make Camping Easier

What Do You Really Need When Camping?

Camping is an activity that has been around for centuries and has changed little in that time, yet even today many people forget the basics that you really need when camping. Whether you are an experienced camper, a father of three, or just new to the activity, it’s important to remember what those must-have items are to make your camping experience enjoyable.

Tent and Sleeping Gear

There’s no camping without a good tent. Make sure you pick one that is big enough for everyone, and the gear you are bringing with you. Additionally, look for a tent with features like a groundsheet, waterproofing, mesh vents, and additional pockets for small items. Finally, the tent of choice can depend on the environment you’ll be camping in.

You also don’t want to forget the sleeping bags and mats. For a comfortable night sleep make sure you have the right type of sleeping bag for the temperatures you will be facing that night, and a mat to keep the tent floor from digging into your back.

If you’re bringing young kids you may also want to consider an air mattress or a cot for comfort. For an example of some sleeping gear to consider, check out Adventure Hack.

Campsite Essentials and Supplies

When you’ve got your sleeping gear sorted and it’s time to set up camp, there are a few rules of thumb to bear in mind. The first essential for any campsite is a sturdy and reliable stove. This not only lets you cook, but also gives you a fire pit to keep warm around.

Make sure to also bring a few plates and bowls, cups, cutlery and a sharp knife as well as cooking and cleaning utensils such as a pot, pan, and small bucket.

In addition, a good camping setup should include paracord, a basic first aid kit, a trash bag, a portable solar charger, a headlamp, and a basic tool kit.

Tent and Sleeping Gear

Tent and Sleeping Gear


It’s important to be well-prepared with the proper clothing to stay warm and comfortable while camping. Layer up to make sure you can adapt for different temperatures or occasions. A jacket, pants, and a headlamp are all required.

You’ll likely also want to bring extra pairs of socks and underwear, a pair of warm mittens or gloves, and a brim hat for protection from the sun. And for those cold evenings, a warm beanie and/or scarf are invaluable.

Campsite Essentials and Supplies

Campsite Essentials and Supplies

Food, Drinks, and Other Gear

You’ll be needing food and water – it’s best to bring both in non-breakable containers like water jugs or plastic cooler boxes. To prepare meals you can choose from a range of cooking fuels, a campfire, a gas burner, or a wood stove.

When it comes to food, plan your meals beforehand and buy lightweight easy to cook foods such as sausages, bacon, eggs, pre-cut vegetables, pasta, and dehydrated foods. For a full list of things to bring for food and drinks, read Things to Pack for Camping

Finally, for all those additional items, consider some of the following: a flashlight, sun cream, insect repellent, notebook & pen, binoculars, playing cards, and a whistle.



Our Top Recommendations

Having gone camping numerous times as a family with our three kids, and as an experienced camper myself, I have compiled the following list of top recommendations for essential items you should take with you on any camping trip.


Camping is a great way to get away from it all and enjoy the great outdoors. But before you go, make sure you know what you need so that you can really make the most of your trip. With these essential items, you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way.

If you’re still not sure what to take, watch this quick video analyzing what you actually need when camping:

No matter the type of camping you’re planning, just remember to always be prepared. When you are, you’ll be sure to have a safe and enjoyable experience outdoors with your family and friends.