5 Things to Take on Your Next Camping Trip

by Staff

As an outdoor adventurer, you know that there’s nothing better than a camping trip. But did you know there’s science behind this enjoyment? It’s true! Spending time in fresh air is excellent for both your mental and physical health.

In order to enjoy your camping trip to the fullest, however, you need to create a packing list. Finding a balance between bringing nothing but the clothes on your back and packing everything you own is key. Read on to learn the must-have items to include in your camping gear.

1. Campsite Essentials

Your campsite essentials will depend on your method of camping. If you’ll be camping in a tent, you’ll need more than if you were sleeping in a camper, for instance.

Those tent camping, will need a tent with stakes, sleeping bags and pads, chairs, headlamps or flashlights, a lighter or matches, and a pillow.

2. Camping Toiletries and First Aid

When creating your packing list, there’s no need to bring every toiletry item you own. Chances are, you’ll have limited to no shower access anyway. The only camping toiletries you need are soap, deodorant, and toilet paper.

The majority of your focus should be placed in your first aid kit. Sunscreen and bug spray are an absolute must, as well as bandages, gauze, and tweezers, in case of splinters and stings.

3. Multi-Weather Clothing

Spending time outdoors means exposing yourself to the elements, which means your camping gear should include clothing for all types of weather. Bring both short and long-sleeved shirts, pants and shorts, and a warm jacket for cool nights around the fire.

A raincoat, hat, and sunglasses will protect you from the rain and harsh sun. You don’t have to pack your entire closet, but preparation can make all the difference in terms of your comfort while camping.

4. Cooking Utensils

Sure, all you really need to cook over a fire is tinfoil and a stick. But including some cooking utensils among your camping accessories will make your life much easier.

A good, multi-purpose knife should be at the top of your list. You could also bring a camping stove, a small kitchen kit with pots and pans, and dinnerware such as plates, bowls, and cutlery.

Remember that if you’re setting up camp in bear country, you’ll need a bear-proof container in which to store your food. And if luxury camping is for you, consider bringing a car fridge for produce and other refrigerated items.

5. Camp Meals

Speaking of produce, don’t forget to plan for camp meals! A fridge or cooler will expand your options, but oatmeal, sandwiches, and hot dogs will always be camping staples.

If you’re new to camping, do your own research into camp-friendly recipes. You might be surprised by what you can make with just a few tools and a campfire.

Bring These Items to Get the Most Out of Your Camping Trip

Getting the most out of your camping trip requires the proper preparation. When creating your camping packing list, start with the number of days you’ll be camping, then check the weather.

With this information in mind, you’ll be able to build a list that suits your specific trip. Remember, bring the essentials but don’t weigh yourself down with too many extras.

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