Camping is probably one of the great family traditions. While you may have your RVs or campers to use as your mobile home, I guess there’s just more to the tent, sleeping bags, and campfire to really have that outdoors experience. In any case, planning and packing for a camping trip can be a really complicated chore for the once-a-year outdoorsman. So here’s a quick packing guide for you.
You definitely need to have the basic stuff such as the tent, a sleeping bag, and a camping stove. In any case, just to be safe, here’s a simple checklist of other must-haves for camping trips.
- All-weather blanket
- Battery powered radio (or if your MP3 player has an AM/FM feature)
- Waterproof matches
- Power snacks (potable drinking water, energy bars and drinks)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Insect lotion or repellent
- Net bags
- Zip lock bags
- Rescue whistle
- Signal mirror
- Thermal sleeping pads
- Toilet paper
- Bear mace
- A travel medicine kit
- Rain gear
- Duct tape
- Water purification tablets
Here are some additional pointers in packing them.
- If you are going to hike a trail, do away with the unnecessary heavy stuff. Remember, a camping trip is supposed to expose you to nature so avoid packing all those comfort and techie stuff.
- Distribute the weight of the pack. Keep the heaviest stuff close to your back. This will help you keep you balance especially if you still need to hike to the site.
- Keep the ones for emergency close to the opening (like rain gear, power snacks and water bottles) for quick access.
- The radio’s quite handy for listening to information. There maybe sudden changes in weather or emergencies that you need to be aware of.
- Zip lock bags are quite handy in storing must-be-kept-dry things.
- Net bags are quite handy for keeping the laundry or hanging food where animals wouldn’t reach them.
- You may use your raincoat to add another lining to you pack or use it to wrap other items to waterproof them.
- Duct tape can pretty much patch up everything from your pack to your tent to your raincoat.