So, you’ve decided to go camping! Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, camping and getting in touch with the outdoors can be an exhilarating experience. As fun as those trips can be, it’s possible things to not always go exactly as planned. Typically, these things can largely be avoided by being well-prepared. The more you go camping, the more you’ll start to figure out what to bring, and what you can leave behind. Packing for the perfect camping trip doesn’t have to be complicated, but it will be important that you keep a few things in mind so that you don’t forget. Here are just a few of the essentials you should never leave behind!
Tent & Tools
It might sound like the first thing you would pack, but you’d be surprised by how often this gets forgotten! Make sure you buy a quality tent that can stand up to at least a little bit of wind, just in case it gets a bit windy during your trip. Nothing would be worse than your tent flying away! It will be important to make sure you have a tent (or multiple tents) that can fit in everyone on your trip along for the ride.
You might think your sleeping bags are enough, but temperatures might dip a bit lower than you anticipate. This is why it will be important to bring a few extra blankets with you as well. As many as can fit in your car or luggage, you should bring along with you!
Lanterns & Lights
The night sky might be beautiful, but it will still be important to have a few light sources around. Campfires aside, it will important for you to be able to see what’s going on around you.
As fun as it might be to pick up new skills such as starting fires with just sticks, friction and perhaps a bit of ingenuity with sunlight and a magnifying glass, having matches on hand if all else fails will be imperative to have a good camping experience.
The deeper you get into the wilderness, the more aggressive the bugs seem to get. Protect yourself for the entire duration of the trip by bringing sprays, creams, candles, and oils to keep bugs at bay.
Food & Cooking Utensils
Of course, on your camping trip, you’re going to need to eat. Whether that means bringing a few days worth of ready-to-eat food or bringing things you can cook easily over an open fire, make sure you pack more than enough for the time you’re going to be out there. Living off the land might sound like a good idea, but it’s something you should only do if you have experience!
Accidents can happen on your camping trip just like they can anywhere, and it will be important that you’re prepared for them as they come. Having a fully stocked first-aid kit can be the difference between having to go back home to treat something vs. being able to tend to it without missing a beat.
No matter where you end up camping, it will be important to bring the essentials along with you – starting with a great luggage system. Bring Rise Gear along for the ride every time. Your clothes will thank you. Happy Travels!