You’ve got your car packed up, your cooler stocked, and you are ready to hit the road. You’ve got an epic weekend of camping planned and you are excited to spend some time in nature. You arrive at your campsite and you start unpacking and getting organized. Did you remember everything?
When you’re planning a camping trip it is important to make sure you are prepared and you pack the right gear. Forgetting something like a first aid kit or proper sleeping bag can make a huge difference between a good and bad trip. The best way to avoid forgetting anything is by creating a checklist of your essentials -- you know, the things you couldn’t get through the weekend without (you can even leave these packed up separately between trips if you’re a frequent camper). The list will probably be different for everyone, but there are at least five items that should be at the top of it no matter what.
From cooking tools to flash lights and everything in between, there are certain things that can help you enjoy your time without any worry. These essential items for camping trips will ensure that you have an awesome weekend of hiking, exploring, hanging, and having fun in the woods.
1) A First Aid Kit
Make sure you have at least a basic first aid kit in your pack. Try to find one that comes with several different sized bandages, antibacterial ointment, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, a CPR mask, an emergency blanket, disposable poncho, and maybe a glow stick. Also consider if it’s lightweight, small, and comes in a durable bag so you can be prepared no matter what.
Forgetting matches can be a real drag when you’re out in the middle of nowhere camping. Stash a pack of waterproof and windproof matches in your backpack. Stormproof matches are super easy to light and not only will they burn for up to 15 seconds, but they’ll also relight if they’ve been submerged in water.
3) A Sleeping Bag
Stay dry and warm in a lightweight sleeping bag. Look for ones that are durable, comfortable, waterproof, and easy to carry. Designed for extreme conditions but not too heavy so you know you’ll have maximum comfort no matter the temperature.
4) A Tent
Having adequate shelter while camping is important too! If you frequently camp outside, then you need a good tent. Look for tents that are easy to set up, durable, waterproof, and light and compact. Better to have one that can fit two airbeds or sleeping bags in there comfortably :).
5) A Water Bottle With a Filter
Never worry about running out of clean water again. Buy a water bottle that filters water while you drink it. You can easily find bottles where the straw is a filter that removes 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites without the use of batteries, chemicals, or iodine. That means you can fill your bottle up in a stream without worrying about having to clean it before you take a sip!