It’s time to go on an adventure! But wait – first of all you need to make sure that you are prepared! There are a lot of things that you need to do before your camping trip commences, such as finding the best lightweight tent or making sure that you have the right gear to light a fire. If you want to have a good time when you are out camping, then it’s very important to ensure that you bring the right things with you.
Of course, if you aren’t used to camping then you may not know what sort of equipment you need to bring with you. This can seem pretty stressful, but you need not worry. Here’s our complete guide to the equipment that you need to bring with you to ensure that your camping trip is a massive success.
We all like the idea of sleeping under the stars – in practice. In reality, a lot can go wrong. You may be uncomfortable sleeping on the floor, or it may begin to rain. A tent gives you shelter that you need to be able to enjoy your trip to its fullest. As such, you need to make sure that you buy the perfect tent for your journey.
Of course, buying just any random tent is a bad idea. You need to make sure that you buy one that’s going to be fit for purpose. For instance, if you are planning on going abroad and camping in Britain, then getting a tent that isn’t waterproof to stand up to the rain is just a silly idea. If there are a lot of insects in the area that you are going to camp in, then make sure that your tent is protected from flying pests. If you’re going to a festival, your needs are going to be very different than they would be if you are going on a family camping trip. How much room do you need in your tent, how many people will be sleeping in it? There are a lot of things to consider – make sure that you choose wisely.
Camping can be a lot of fun, but do you know what isn’t fun? Running on very little sleep. You’re trying to enjoy your trip, so the last thing that you want is to be exhausted all day because you haven’t brought the right things with you for a restful night’s sleep. Having a high quality sleeping bag can make all of the difference when you are camping. They can also last for a number of years if you look after them, and many are designed to work in any weather conditions.
Much like when you’re buying a tent, it’s always a good idea to get a sleeping bag that will work for the weather conditions you will be camping in. If it’s summer then you may want something more breathable and lightweight. Likewise, if you are going to be camping in the arctic then something more insulated like a mummy sleeping bag may be a better choice.
While you’re looking for your sleeping bag, look out for other sleeping gear too. For instance, get yourself an inflatable pillow so you don’t hurt your neck. Get an air mattress too so you have a soft surface to lie on, instead of hurting yourself by lying directly on the floor.
You can eat in style when you’re camping – you just need the right equipment for it. Thankfully, you can get cooking gear especially designed for camping. Grab yourself some camping cutlery, including plates, knives, forks and more.
For those cold mornings, you’re also going to want a nice warm beverage. Look for a camping kettle to make yourself a morning brew! You will also need to get some pots and pans to cook those good ol’ franks and beans while you enjoy the warmth of the fire. Finally, invest in a cooking stove so that you can cook all the food that you have brought with you.
There’s a bunch of cooking gear out there for camping enthusiasts, so make sure that you do your research. You are sure to find something that will be a good choice for you.
If you’re going for a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation, you’ll need to be comfortable. Now, you’ve sorted out your sleeping arrangements, but what about during the day? For the day, you will want to get some camping chairs. Make sure that you look for one based on your needs – one that has the capacity that you need. Some chairs also come with extra handy features such as drinks holders and more. Compact chairs are important too for when you’re packing up later on.
Look for some camping tables too. You’ll need somewhere to eat or play games, after all!
Fire Making Kit
This is one of the survival based items that you need, but it’s certainly essential if you want to brave the outdoors! Fire is important for warmth, for cooking and for finding your way back to your campsite. You can get a lot of different kinds of fire starters, including fuel, blades and more so make sure that you choose one that will work well for your travels. It’s also worth looking into how to start a fire using the kit before you go too, just to ensure that you are prepared when you are on your travels.
First Aid Kit
We would all like to think that everything will go smoothly when we’re camping, but this is real life. Unexpected things can happen all the time, so it’s important to be prepared for them. For that reason, make sure that you have a first aid kit with you when you go camping so you can patch up any injuries you sustain out in the great outdoors. Your kit should contain a few key items like antibiotic ointment, bandages and gauzes. Look for splints, sterilizers and more. Or you can avoid the guesswork entirely and simply get a first aid kit that has already been assembled. Make sure that your first aid kit is always on hand in your backpack so you’re prepared for those unforeseen circumstances.
This is especially important if you are moving around on a hot day or going hiking. It’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, and it will help to keep you healthy as you are enjoying your trip. Some water bottles are designed to stay cool too, which is perfect if you’re feeling a little hot and need to cool down.
If you’re traveling in the dark then this one is a must have. In fact, a flashlight is essential regardless of the circumstances. Many campgrounds may not have good lighting, so it’s important to know where you are going. If you keep a light with you then it can guide you to where you need to go so you don’t need to rely on the power of your x-ray vision when the sun goes down.
Part of the fun of camping is visiting new places. You’ll have a hard time trying to find where you are going if you don’t have a map, though. Make sure that you have a map and a compass with you if you want to enjoy the true beauty that the place has to offer.
And that’s everything that you need for your next camping trip! Have a great time!