Whether you are a seasoned camper or it is your first time going on a camping adventure, you always need to be sure that you are fully prepared for a night under the stars. Having the right gear and equipment will help to keep you warm, comfortable and safe when you’re sleeping in the great outdoors.
Before you embark on your next camping trip, it’s crucial that you check your gear and make sure that you have everything that you need. When you’re out in the wilderness, you can be far away from stores and supplies, so you need to make sure that you are properly equipped. The gear you will need, ultimately, will depend on the type of camping you are doing, where you are going, how long your trip is going to be, the weather conditions and how many people are in your group. However, there are a few key items that you will always need every time you go camping, no matter what.
Let’s take a look at a few camping essentials that you should always have in your pack.
A Good Tent
When you’re camping, your tent is your only shelter from the elements. While you don’t need to invest in the most high-tech, state-of-the-art tent or canopy tents, it’s wise to invest in a decent camping tent that will keep you safe and protected when you’re sleeping under the stars.
While you might be in short pants and sleeves during the day, the temperatures at night can drop suddenly once the sun goes down, particularly in the mountains and in the desert. To ensure you stay warm throughout the night, make sure that you pack a sleeping bag with a temperature rating that is suitable for where you are going.
A Sleeping Mat
Although a sleeping mat might seem like an unnecessary comfort, it very much is a camping essential. Not only does a sleeping mat give you a little more cushion and comfort but it also gives you an extra layer of insulation from the cold ground beneath keeping you warm and cosy in your tent.
You will need to prepare food for you and your group when you’re camping. There are countless options available from tiny lightweight backpacking stoves, portable outdoor grills to full portable kitchens designed for car camping. Consider your needs and choose a solution that meets your requirements. Don’t forget to pack plenty of food and supplies too.
Warm, Dry Clothing
At the end of a day hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking or enjoying the outdoors in any other way, you can be sure that your clothes will be sweaty and dirty. You should always have a set of clean, warm camp clothes that you can change into at the end of the day. If you’re not carrying a solar shower and you don’t have access to washing facilities, a packet of wet wipes can do wonders in helping you to feel fresh and clean when you’re sitting around the campfire in the evening.
Regardless of whether you are staying in a campsite or camping wild, you will always need access to freshwater. Not only will you need water to drink but you will also need water for washing, cooking and cleaning too. Packing a water carrier will allow you to transport water to your campsite from a fresh source nearby and store it so you can access it when you need it with ease.
Make Sure You Are Fully Prepared For Your Next Camping Adventure
While every camper will have different preferences and requirements depending on the type of adventure you are going on, the items outlined above are a great place to start. Adding to this list to tailor your pack for your adventure will ensure that you can enjoy your time out in the wild safely.