Camping is a great outdoor activity. Whether you are new to it, or have been camping for years, it can be enjoyable and a nice way to spend quality time outdoors. Of course, like any sport or outdoor activity, there are certain pieces of equipment or tools you should take along with you, to ensure an enjoyable adventure. Not only so you have the items you’ll need for survival but also for your safety and comfort when camping. Here is a list of some items you should make sure to pack for your next camping excursion, whether you are getting away for an overnight trip, or for several days to enjoy the great outdoors.
Some kind of navigational system should be brought along with you when going camping. Many devices are Wi-Fi compatible, they can access maps and local points of interest, and even if you don’t have internet access at your campsite, you can still access and track your routes.
In addition to knowing where you’re going during your hikes and outdoor trips, a navigational device can serve to help keep you safe as well. In the event you get lost, or are in a dangerous location during evening hours, you can signal for emergency help. Or, if you are injured or are in an area which might be a little too advanced for your hiking skill sets, you can signal for help when you have the latest gadgets with you during your hikes. You can also educate yourself about navigating in more traditional ways.
Sunglass and Sunscreen
This one’s pretty obvious, but not everyone thinks about the most important things. If you’ve ever forgotten something at home during a trip, you know it is a good idea to write a list of items you’re going to take on your trip, and these should be two of the most important. Sunglasses help shield the sun, help reduce clarity, and if the sunrays are extremely bright, will help protect your eyes from UV-damage. Additionally, they’ll make the day more enjoyable since you won’t have to squint the entire time you’re looking up at the sky.
Sunscreen is also something you are obviously going to need to protect your skin from the harmful UV-rays. High temperatures, and bright sunrays, can greatly cause damage to the skin. Sunburns aren’t only painful, but the extremely high temperatures and rays are also extremely dangerous if you don’t have proper protection. Make sure you include these items in your bags when you’re packing your luggage for your next camping trip. Also check that you are applying the correct amount.
Matches, wood, sparks, and other similar items should be packed as well. A fire is going to keep you warm if you’re camping during the winter or colder weather seasons. At night, it will provide the lighting you need to keep safe until you are ready to get to bed. It will allow you to cook foods you are preparing on the campsite, and it will allow you to heat water if you need it for bathing.
A fire is something that can’t start itself. And, although most campers are aware that they need fire/flame during their camping trip, many often forget that they need something to ignite the fires they are going to burn. It is also important to ensure you have sufficient fire starters and fuel, for the entire duration of your trip. So, measure accordingly, know how long you plan on burning the fires, and pack accordingly so you have exactly what you need for your camping adventure.
Even if you don’t plan on hiking high mountains or difficult trails you need hiking gear for your camping trip. The right shoes will help you prevent from slipping and sliding in wet mud or tough rocky terrains during your hikes.
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A hat will help to shield the sun from your head/face, to help keep you cooler. Wicking-clothing will help you reduce body heat and temperatures when it gets very hot and you’re hiking on longer trails.
It is advisable to pack at least one set of clothing/gear for each day you are hiking. You never know if adverse weather conditions may strike and you can’t use the same clothing two days in a row. So, pack at least one set of clothing for your hiking trips, for each day of your trip, even if you do not plan on hiking each day you are on your camping trip.
Somewhere comfortable and dry to sleep is also essential with most gear these days being made from ultralight, compact and durable materials. However, most hikers opt for a tent, which does tend to take up quite a bit of space. Instead, why not consider a camping hammock, if you’re intending to hike near wooded areas where hanging a hammock is fairly easy. The great thing about these backpacking hammocks is that they’re extremely compact, waterproof, and are very comfortable to sleep in, add in a fly tarp to keep the rain off and you’re sorted.
First Aid Supplies
Band-Aids, burn cream, gauze, and other items should be included on your camping packing checklist as well. Injuries take place; even if you are very safe and follow the rules when you go camping. You might slip and fall, you might get injured or stung by an animal, or other issues might arise, which will require some form of medical care.
Although a first aid kit won’t provide emergency care immediately, it can at least help minimisethe pain you’re experiencing, it can help cover up wounds, and the right supplies in the first aid kit, can prevent major scarring or damage to the skin, as opposed to if you were to leave cuts uncovered. You must consider your safety when camping. And, even though you plan on being safe, and taking the proper steps to ensure no one gets hurt on your camping trip, you simply can’t tell when something might arise, or when an injury is going to occur. So, it is best to be prepared for the worst, and hope you aren’t going to have to use any of the supplies you pack in your first aid kit when you are preparing for your camping trip.
Camping is an enjoyable experience you can engage in with friends or with family. But, you need to make sure you are prepared for the things which might arise, regardless of how well planned your trip is.There are loads of guides which can help you make sure you have all of the camping essentials. When you are packing your bags and making a list of the items you need to bring along with you, most people remember the obvious items. Consider a few of these additional items to ensure you’re safe, and to ensure you’ll make the most out of the camping adventures you plan on engaging in on your next planned adventure.