A vacation spent camping can be fun for the whole family – but only if you take the appropriate supplies when you go. Though setting up the tent is sometimes difficult, it is not the hardest part of spending time outdoors and away from the comforts of home.
Every backpacking trip begins with a plan and list of items to pack for the camping session that lays ahead. Whether you are an experienced backpacker or just starting out, it’s good to follow a planned location and route. Leave this information with a responsible party. They should know when you are leaving and when to expect your return. Be sure to notify them the moment you get back from your trip. It’s possible for anyone to get lost. If you do, you will be found sooner if you follow this guideline. The second rule of backpacking is the old boy scout motto, “always be prepared.”. We’re bringing you essential items to bring when you plan for a perfect camping trip.
Not any backpack will suffice. You need to make sure that the backpack you carry has all of the features you need. They can also hold important items such as a cell phone, and identification, not to mention that the size is enough to pack all your essentials. So leave the wallets and handbags at home.
The first item required for a successful camping trip is a shelter. Invest in one large tent to hold every member of the family, or in several smaller tents to more privacy is available. Make sure the tents are waterproof and are sturdy enough to stand up to wind and other elements, should the weather turn bad. Take sleeping bags for each person on the trip. Remember to pack a first aid kit, fishing supplies, board games and plenty of clothes.
By bringing a good sleeping bag you can be certain that you’ll have warm nights when the temperature drops suddenly. Weather can be unpredictable, so when choosing the best sleeping bag, keep in mind that it’s better to be too warm than too cold. What is important also is that the sleeping bag is lightweight (if you plan on hiking and changing your camp frequently) and that it has a good insulation from the ground.
Sleeping pad A sleeping pad is for those who need extra comfort. Self-inflating and foam are inexpensive and made to travel. Having a sleeping pad combined with a top quality sleeping bag will prevent underneath rocks to disturb your cozy sleep and protect your back.
There are many types of survival kits, depending on the situation for which one is preparing. A personal kit, which includes the following necessities, should be carried during activities such as camping and hiking. The smaller contents of the emergency kit can be stored in a small coffee can, which can also act as a container for collecting or boiling water and a shovel for digging if needed.
What should be in your survival kit:
- Cell Phone – 911 can be called from any cell phone, even without an existing service plan, as long as there is enough battery power to turn on the phone.
- Survival knife – You’ll need a survival knife to find wood for your campfire (if you want to fully embrace the experience and make a fire with things you find around)
- Small First-aid kit
- Map – Good maps can usually be found at local government offices and tourist stops.
- Compass – A compass is essential, even if carrying a GPS device, which does not always give an accurate location and cannot help one out of a situation such as a thick forest or heavy fog, snow or rain.
- Matches – Use Strike -Anywhere matches, stored in a waterproof container.
- Fire starter should also be kept with your matches, which can help to start a fire in any conditions.
- Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb.
- Pocket knife or multi tool – It is best to have a good quality multi tool, but a sharp pocket knife is better than nothing at all.
- Nylon Cord at least 25 feet in length
- Small Sewing Kit
An essential part of any camping trip is the food. Camping food can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Take all of the ingredients to make meals over an open fire while you are at the campsite, or pack simple sandwich items and nutritional bars for breakfast and snacks. Just make sure you have the means to cook everything fully and take along biodegradable dishes and silverware so everyone can eat. If you don’t want to mess with cooking, visit a military surplus store and invest in an MRE or a whole box of them. These “Meals Ready to Eat” are sent into the field with military members, since they may be heated and eaten quickly. No matter what you plan to eat, take enough for everyone plus a little extra, since you never know where a weekend in nature will take you.
First Aid Kit
This should include a variety of sizes of bandages and gauze, adhesive tape, scissors, alcohol wipes, hydrogen peroxide, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, insect bite treatment and antibiotic ointment. Prescription medications should also be included. Clothing
Before even starting to pack your clothes, check what weather you can expect on days you’re planning to have your camping trip. Accordingly pack lightweight clothes, waterproof hiking shoes and add some extra socks and undergarments.
The sun is dangerous. Pack sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and is waterproof. One or two pairs of sunglasses can help.
For cooking, you should have a camping stove, dinnerware, can opener, biodegradable soap, fire starter, waterproof matches, extra fuel, and water purification tablets. Don’t forget a stuff sack for kitchenware.
That’s it. These are basic items you need to bring with you before you go on a camping trip, but over time you’ll adjust the essentials according to your camping needs. Happy camping everyone!
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