Essential things to pack for camping

From the choice of shelter and bedding to food and clothing, there are certain indispensable things to bring along whenever you are going camping. The supplies and equipment to pack depends on the places you

From the choice of shelter and bedding to food and clothing, there are certain indispensable things to bring along whenever you are going camping. The supplies and equipment to pack depends on the places you are going, the time of year and length of your trip.

Make a checklist

Your camping experience can be very pleasant if you make a checklist of all the essential stuff that you will need. Small things like a matchbox can be very important. The tip here for a successful experience is to carry small, light and easily manipulable things. Keeping that in mind, now you can start your preparation.

What is your ideal choice of shelter and bedding?

Apart from the obvious things like a camping tent, floor mats, rows and columns, ropes, screws, a hammer, you will also need to cater for cleanliness. Do bring along clean towels, a mat for tent entrance, a dustpan and brush and a few waste bags. For your bedding, you will need to bring your sleeping bag. If you want some comfort, bring along an air pump, air mattress, sheets/blankets and pillows. Bear in mind all these will take lots of space in your vehicle boot, so discard things you deem unnecessary or not practical for the type of stay you are planning.

Which cooking supplies and equipment to bring?

Concerning food, you ought to choose easy to prepare and eat like tin cans and a cooler bag to store some essential perishables. You will also need things that would come in handy like bottles to store your water, a few disposable cups and plates. You can buy small, light and cheap camping gas canisters sold in supermarkets. A Swiss Army knife will be very useful to cut tins, foods and ropes among other things.

Your choice of clothes and personal stuff

Do not bring many kinds of stuff that will become bulky and useless. Denim and camping don’t mix well, especially when the jeans get wet! Be methodical – bring only the essentials and if you have some space left in your luggage, let it be! In the woods, near the sea, during winter or summer, wherever the place you are going to camp, you should pack your clothes accordingly. Consider your underwears, clean t-shirts, towels, a few pairs of socks, toilet paper without forgetting your toothbrush.

Don’t forget your first aid kit!

Bring along an analgesic, which will be useful for any kind of pain. A few bandages to use in case of strains, Elastoplast in case of small cuts and bruises, cotton balls to apply ointment. If you are going to be in a place where there will be mosquitoes and a lot of sunshine, you should bring a mosquito repellent and sun lotion. If you still have room, you can bring heat packs cold compresses without forgetting your cell phone and an emergency charger. 

After ticking all the boxes on your checklist, you will be set to go camping with self-assurance and peace of mind.

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