How can I make my camping trip better? What should I take with me?
Outdoor adventures can be super fun, but on the flip side, they can be uncomfortable if you did not prepare for them. While you plan to make your camping trip special, make sure you spend some time making a list of things that you need to pack along. Without further ado, dig in and get ideas for what you need to take with you to make your trip a memorable one!
What to pack for a camping trip
We all spend most of our lives indoors, and outdoor adventures seem to be the perfect way to celebrate a simpler life. Camping does not need prior experience; neither does it require any specific skill. Of course, if you haven’t ever cooked before, you might want to know how to set up a fire! However, there are many small items that we need to pack apart from the main stuff. There are so many things in our home that we hardly count as blessings, but we use it as essentials. When planning a trip in the open, remember that these essentials make your trip comfortable!
Sleeping under the stars might sound romantic, but you will need a tent to keep you safe from insects, animals, and weather extremes. Look for a tent that is easy to set up and offers enough space for you and some of your possessions! The tent and tent fly are the first essentials for a camping trip. We know you want to enjoy this time, so make the most of it by ensuring comfort. A tent fly will keep you safe from rain and condensation. Invest in a nice waterproof tent fly if you already don’t get one with your tent. Some people might feel more secure with an extra tent fly, so if you need additional covering too, an extra purchase will be a safe bet before going outdoors and realizing you don’t feel safe from the natural elements!
Now this one is a necessary purchase! If you don’t already have a tarp, buy one now. Like the tent fly keeps your tent safe from above, the tarp will keep you safe from rain, and you can spend longer time outdoors! Imagine sleeping on the ground and waking up every few minutes to something creeping on your body. The tarp is your safety item and will ensure that you enjoy your trip and don’t pack up to go home in a hurry! Water, insects, and discomfort will not be able to come near you if you buy a good quality tarp today. Some of the best materials for tarp are polyester or canvas. One valuable tip is to attach your tarp inside the tent in a hut-shape canopy. Or if you already have a tent roof and fly, you can even lie it flat on the ground to protect you from the insects—a practical sheet for more than one uses. The tarp is one of our must-have lists for a reason!
One of the essential items to pack in your camping kit is a hunting knife. We are not discussing brands here. We will not talk about foldable blades or fixed blades, but from tying the camp to cooking out, your knife will help you do it all! Any sharp blade that comes with a safety sheath is your best buy. Look for a right, lightweight blade, and you are suitable for all camping trips to come.
First aid kit
For first-time campers, this may already be on the list. However, many regular campers forget this essential as they don’t get to use it on their trips. Hopefully, you will not have to use it, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Pack a few bandages, tincture for those rubs and bruises, and a few necessary medicines to handle pain or allergies from outdoor elements. Oh! And don’t forget the mosquito repellent! We have learned from our camping experience that while all other items only leave the first aid kit when they expire, the mosquito repellent is the only item that needs frequent replenishment!
If you plan to cook, it might get difficult without a fire, don’t you think? These items may be small. Yes, we hardly think about them all day, but the matchbox is one of the most essential when going camping! Many campers prefer cooked food from home, so they might think that a matchbox is not needed. We suggest that you take it anyway as this will ensure some extra fun and a bonfire rendezvous. Not to mention some warm moments with your special someone are a sure thing with a crackling campfire in view! Apart from the campfire’s warmth and romance, it is an excellent way to keep the area lit up at night too!
Keep some kerosene or fire oil with you so that you get a good fire started in no time! After all, camping is modern fun and not a tribute to Stone Age when people spent hours lighting a fire!
Binoculars and torch
Another essential to pack in your kit is a set of binoculars. If you plan to include some hiking or field fun like hunting, binoculars will come in handy. Apart from just setting camp and sitting around a fire, outdoor adventures can consist of activities like gazing out in the woods and finding unique plantation. Bird watching can also be a high outdoor activity for which you will need those binoculars. We are mentioning only the extra stuff that you can use these for, as you know why binoculars might be useful for camping regularly.
A torch is your best friend after it gets dark. Remember to check the batteries and keep a flashlight in hand so that you can explore the surroundings or take a trip away from camp without any trouble!
Tissue paper, extra clothing, and a jacket
We are coupling all these essentials as they are not just outdoor amenities but will be needed wherever you are! Rain, mud, and even extra physical work in setting up a tent might require a change of clothes. Similarly, you will need a jacket to ensure that you can use it if it gets chilly at night, or even if you need an extra layer of clothing! Toilet paper or tissue boxes are always in need, so while we hope you didn’t forget it, we are stressing upon the fact that you better pack those before you pack anything else!
Snacks and utensil
Small snacks and easy foods like canned beans or a bag of chips is an excellent item to pack. Our experience says you make a lot of friends when you carry the food! Campers love to cookout, but if they get something to eat while cooking, that’s a bonus! Pack away a few packed items and canned food options so that if you accidentally overcook or the mood of the evening changes, there is something for everyone to munch on!
For your cookout adventures, remember to pack a good cooking pot that is small enough to fit in and large enough to cook something for everyone!
A good kit!
While we were discussing what to pack, don’t forget to buy a good camping kit! This kit or backpack will help you store everything you need. Look for a sturdy bag with durable straps and a waist belt for easy carriage. If you are hiking or merely camping outdoors, you would enjoy the view to your spot if your back is at ease. There are many options available in the market to reduce your burden while allowing enough space to take everything along.
A quick recap
Camping trips can be super fun, but they can be a horrible experience if you don’t pack a few essential items. We have briefly talked about the essentials to pack in your camping kit. A good tent, tent fly, and tarp will ensure a comfortable stay outdoors. A sharp knife and binoculars can help set up camp and steer any animal clear. Similarly, essentials such as a first-aid kit, paper, torch, and knives must be in your bag! Camping, if comfortable, can be great fun and a trip that you would want to go on again…and again!