Camping is a fun outdoor activity, but you absolutely need to bring all the necessary things for camping with you to enjoy and stay safe. Take a look at which things are crucial to take with you no matter if you camp alone or with someone.
These are the things that you should do before going outdoors and things that you should consider taking.
My first piece of advice is actually one of the most overlooked things that you might forget. Before you go, plan your trip and know about the camping place.
For example, some mountains may have multiple trails, and they all have different difficulties, times, and scenery. If you are camping with a group of people then talk about which path to choose.
If you plan to fish or hunt on your trip, you will probably need special licenses from your county or area’s parks, fishing, and recreation department.
Similarly, these types of activities tend to have limits and seasons. And, sometimes it might take a while for all the paperwork, so you definitely need to get them early.
Reservation at the campsite
When going camping at the campsite you should know their rules and reserve your camping spot.
It’s always best to do your paperwork and payments ahead of time, so when the big day comes with all the different things going on, you will be prepared. If something happens with the papers or process, you’ll have time to sort it all out and re-send the correct paperwork if this will be the case.
So, as a recap:
- Plan and coordinate
- Get licenses
- Do paperwork
- Make payments
There’s a saying in the wild that a man can survive seven days without food, three days without water, but only twenty minutes in horrid weather without shelter.
I recommend you have all the necessary things for camping, plus some extras. Those extra items turn out to be actually what you will need:
- Tent stakes, if they don’t already come with your tent
- Extra tarp
- Duct tape
- Sleeping bags
- Extra blankets
Camping food essentials
A hungry camper is a cranky camper. I recommend having enough food and snacks to stay fed. Don’t forget that when you’re constantly moving your body is burning more energy than in a sedentary environment like an office job, so you will need more fuel.
Combine the food with the weather homework research. If it’s going to be cold, your body will burn more energy in order to keep you warm. So, I recommend next:
- Camping stove, camping fuel, a lighter of any sort
- Cooking implements like pots, pans, silverware, plates, napkins
- Beverages like sports drinks, water, tea and coffee
- Food for all meals of the day
- Snacks for energy
- Trash bags
If you are fishing, you will want to bring these things:
- Rods, bait, tackle box along with extra line and repair tools
- A fish cleaning knife
- A bucket of some sort with ice to keep the fish fresh after a catch
If you will hunt, take next essentials along:
- Bright hunting clothes in case of other hunters in the area
- Hunting equipment, along with all the necessary safety, cleaning, and maintenance gear
- Size appropriate ice box with ice for freshness
- Hunting knife
- Prey whistle or decoys
What clothes to pack for camping?
Keeping warm and dry is also important so I recommend these things:
- At least one extra change of clothes
- Extra clothing layers
- Rain gear
Personal camping checklist
Take care of your personal stuff:
- Toiletries, grooming, and bathing supplies
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Pocket knife
- A camera if you’d like to take pictures
Group camping checklist
And then there are some things that I would always recommend for a camping trip with others. I recommend these:
- A phone, just in case of any emergencies
- Map of the area or trailhead
- Toys and games for entertainment
- First aid kit
- Aloe vera sunburn lotion or gel
- Insect repellent
- Extra blanket
- Extra jacket
Kids camping essentials
Bringing children can be difficult as a parent or relative as you never know when the child might become impatient and unsatisfied. However, these things might help:
- Wildlife bingo or other observing activity or game
- Toys and games to keep them busy
- Comfort items for smaller children
- A 2nd extra change in clothing as they are bound to get wet
- Diaper and formula bags for very small children or toddlers
Going camping unprepared can become a bad experience that nobody wants to remember. Make sure to follow this guide on the necessary things for camping and I’m sure that you won’t forget anything important and have a wonderful time in nature.