What to take on a camping trip to be prepared
Planning on getting back to nature for an enjoyable camping trip? This guide tells you what you need to bring to make sure you're prepared.
The type of camping gear you will need will depend somewhat on what type of terrain and climate you will be camping in. However, this list will cover the basics for any type of camping trip.
First, be sure to bring lanterns and flashlights. You can't have too many of these! For long camping trips, pack extra batteries.
Next, bring plenty of lighters and matches. Candles are optional depending on how "natural" you want to be.
For cooking, bring a camping stove, dutch oven, or other similar items. Whatever will make the most sense for the type of cooking you will be doing.
This one is important. Bring plenty of fresh water. You can never have enough of this. If you will be near a water source, water purification tablets or a portable purifier can be a lifesaver!
Bring plenty of food as well. It's better to have more than you need rather than running out. Along with the cooking equipment, bring anything else you would need to prepare the food. Don't forget the can opener! Paper plates, cups, napkins, and trash bags are vital.
Tents, sleeping bags, blankets, and plastic sheeting or tarps should be included with your gear. Don't forget pillows and air mattresses if you don't like sleeping on the hard ground.
Bring a first aid kit with antibiotic ointment, bandages, alcohol, and other related items. Don't forget bug spray and sunscreen.
Remembering toilet paper and possibly a portable toilet is important. Moist towlettes or baby wipes are also useful. Bring soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other toiletries you will want to use.
Include some tools. A swiss army knife or leatherman tool for starters. Hammers, axes, shovels are helpful as well.
Other items you should think about take on a camping trip are binoculars, camping chairs and folding tables, rope or twine, towels and washcloths, and last but not least, backpacks.
This may sound like a lot of stuff to pack, but if you are smart about it and keep it organized, it won't take up too much space and you will be so glad you were prepared when you get back to nature. Preparation will make your camping trip a success!