Going camping can be a fun, adventurous occasion for even the lowest of outdoor lovers. If you’ve never gone camping before, however, you may be wondering what exactly you should take. Even camping experts sometimes forget the basics. But what are the basics? What are the most important camping tools you should take on every trip? Whether you’re a camping novice or an expert, it never hurts to go back over the basics.
So get out your pad and pencil, and make this checklist that will save you from being stranded without a very important necessity!
No one wants to be caught out in the woods with nothing to sleep on. A good, insulated sleeping bag will keep you warm and comfy even on the cool summer nights. While you can get a cheap one, keep in mind how you will be sleeping. Will you be in a tent, where you can be warmer and less exposed to the elements? Or will you be out beneath the stars, in which you will definitely want a thicker, more protective sleeping bag? Make these decisions now before you find yourself without one of the most important aspects of camping!
Tents are absolutely invaluable to anyone going out camping. Even if you think you want to sleep outside under the stars, you should still take a tent with you just in case it starts sprinkling or gets very cold. Tents also offer protection from bugs and other nosy critters. While the classic comedy depicts tents as being impossible to put up, today’s modern tents mostly raise themselves and should be no problem even for the camping novice. Always make sure you have a tent packed in your trunk.
Flashlights are one of the most invaluable camping tools you can have, and it seems that they are the most forgotten! Without a flashlight, you will be literally in the dark in your tent and while riffling through your bag. Don’t forget the heavy duty flashlight! While you’re at it, don’t forget the extra batteries either! Nothing worse than suddenly having your flashlight die out on you without more batteries – well, maybe forgetting the flashlight in the first place is the worst.
Matches / Flints / Lighters
Odds are you will need some way to start a fire, otherwise you will be out that light, heat, and much needed cooking source for your dinner. Don’t forget the matches! (Or flints, or lighters, depending on legalities in your area and what works best for you.)
You can’t go overnight camping without a stash of food. Take your favorite snacks and either raw foods for dinner or easily cookable foods. Also make sure you have strong containers to keep them in – the animals love food too.
Going camping will be a trip that stays with you for a lifetime. Just make sure you don’t forget the core supplies that make any trip successful. Now, go out and have a great time in the great outdoors!