10 Must-Have Items to Bring With You on a Camping Trip

Camping has been a favorite activity for many years, which is no surprise. [...]

Camping has been a favorite activity for many years, which is no surprise. Today, there are plenty of new inventions designed to make camping more comfortable, safer, and more fun. However, no matter how long someone will be camping or where they’re going, there are many items that just can’t be overlooked. Those who are planning a camping trip in the near future may want to pack the following. 

1. A Hammock

There’s nothing like relaxing in Camping Hammocks with a fantastic view of the wilderness around the campsite. Even if a camper decides not to sleep at night in the hammock or cannot sleep there due to the weather, it’s going to be a fantastic place to just relax. Choose the best hammock based on budget, features, and durability. Also, look into how to hang the hammock to avoid damaging trees or ending up camping in an area where it won’t be feasible to use. Most hammocks designed for camping will not harm the tree when they’re used properly. It’s also a good idea to look into accessories that make hanging or using the hammock easier, such as a bug shield to make it easy to relax at night and not worry about all of the bugs flying around. 

2. A Tent

Tents have been used for years when camping, and they’re still a great option. Without certain features, hammocks may not be a good option for sleeping at night due to bugs or rain. In these cases, having a tent on hand for sleeping can make a huge difference. Opt for a tent that’s large enough to fit everyone who is camping, but that’s small enough to pack and that’s easy to set up. Today’s tents are much easier to put up and take down, so they’re a great option when camping. 

3. Cords for Hanging Food

In areas where there may be bears or other animals likely to steal food, it’s not a good idea to leave food around the campsite. It’s not even a good idea to have food inside the vehicle, as bears can get inside to look for the food. Instead, food should be hung from a tree to make it more difficult for creatures to reach and steal. A simple cord can be tossed over a tree branch, then tied to the food. Pull on the cord to raise the food as high as possible, then lower the food in the morning to start breakfast. This helps prevent animals from eating the food, so campers don’t wake up and have nothing to eat for the day ahead. 

4. Cooking Utensils

How is the food going to be cooked? There are options that don’t need to be cooked, but there’s nothing better than a hot meal. Think about how the food will be cooked and what’s needed for cooking and eating. For hot dogs, a simple stick will work to heat the hot dog over a fire. For other foods, a pot, grill, or another item may be needed and silverware along with plates may be required. Consider utensils that have multiple uses to save space when hiking to a campsite and look for space-saving options if the plan is to hike to the campsite so they don’t take up too much room. 

5. First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen anywhere, especially while camping, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared. There are basic first aid kits that can be put together by anyone to cover a wide range of situations. Campers may want to look into common camping injuries, as well, to determine what they may need if something happens. It is likely that a basic first aid kit will suffice, but if there are more serious injuries, having extra is always going to be beneficial until emergency assistance arrives.

Along with this, review first aid with all campers before heading out. Though they may already be familiar with basic first aid, the review can help if something does happen. In the woods, emergency services may not be able to arrive quickly, so knowing what to do before they arrive can make a huge difference in the outcome after an accident or injury. 

6. Bug Repellent and Sunscreen

Bugs are going to be present while camping and some of them do have the ability to spread diseases, on top of causing itchy bites or other issues. Ticks, mosquitos, and other pests are all common in many areas and can cause serious diseases for those who are camping in the woods. When camping, it’s a good idea to find the right bug repellent to use. Campers will want to consider the types of bugs that they’re likely to deal with in the area they’re camping in and for that time of the year. Always bring plenty of bug repellent to make sure it can be used as needed.

It’s also a good idea to look into sunscreen, depending on when and where the camping trip will be. In the summer in areas with lots of sunlight filtering through the trees, it’s easy to get a sunburn, which can end up being severe very quickly and requiring medical attention. It’s best to use sunscreen to prevent a burn. One key to remember, though, is that sunscreen and bug repellent may not work well together. Always read instructions thoroughly before using products to make sure the sunscreen and bug repellent can be used at the same time. 

7. Water Bottles

Always bring plenty of water when camping, as it’s all too easy to get dehydrated and suffer major medical complications. It’s recommended campers bring 2 liters of water per person per day when camping, though this may not be possible to do when hiking and camping. In those situations, make sure there is potable water along the route and refill water bottles frequently. Campers today can opt for water bottles designed to filter water on the go, ones that have accessories that make using the water to cook with easier, or water bottles that collapse when they’re empty, so they’re easier to store in a backpack. It doesn’t really matter which water bottle is purchased, as long as there is clean water to drink while camping. 

8. A Folding Chair

When it comes to relaxing, a hammock may be the best option, but it’s not perfect for all situations. When sitting around the campfire in the evening, a chair is going to be a great option to have. It’s also great for sitting and cooking foods, for pulling out during quick breaks on trails, and in a variety of other situations. Look for folding chairs that will fold up as small as possible, yet still be durable. These are easier to pack, so they’re available for most campers who are heading out on a trip. If hiking and camping, opt for a lightweight folding chair that can be hung on the backpack. 

9. A Durable Backpack

When the campsite is not near a parking lot, there’s going to be a lot to carry. It’s imperative campers have a durable backpack that can carry as much as possible. Look at the weight limits for the backpack before filling it and split any gear, food, and water between campers so no one is carrying more than they can lift. If the campsite is far from any parking, it’s going to be important to opt for lightweight items, as heavier items will end up causing the campers to be worn out long before they reach the campsite. When choosing a backpack, along with checking weight limits, make sure it is adjustable and will fit properly. It’s best to try on the backpack, complete with all supplies, well ahead of the camping trip, as this gives the wearer a chance to make sure it will be comfortable on the trail. 

10. Flashlights or Lanterns

The crackling fire looks stunning at night, but once it’s out and everyone has gone to bed, there may be no light to see with. It’s always a good idea to have flashlights or lanterns on hand to use in the tent or when leaving the tent at night. Even if leaving the tent isn’t expected, someone may have to use the bathroom or may hear a noise outside the tent that needs to be investigated. Keep plenty of spare batteries on hand or make sure solar-powered lanterns are fully charged to be able to use them when needed. 

Camping can be a fantastic way to get away from everything and enjoy the outdoors, but it can be miserable without the right supplies. Those new to camping will quickly learn what they need and don’t need, but it is better to be over prepared and not need something than to need an item and not have it on hand. Take the time to review this list and make sure you have everything needed before your next camping trip. If you are missing anything, start looking at your options now, so you’ll be ready when it’s time to camp. 

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