Great news: it’s National Camping Month! Which means this is the best time to get you, your family and friends out to experience a little bit of what nature has to offer. Camping is a great way to relax and unwind from a hectic, chaotic lifestyle, especially if you live in the city.
But what if you’re a first time camper? There’s going to be some key essentials that you should pack before even thinking about embarking on a trip.
Without these items, your camping trip could turn more into a disaster than a party. Planning ahead is the only way to make sure that everything goes smoothly. It doesn’t make sense to go on any type of vacation without planning.
If you’re not sure what you should bring on your first or next camping trip, this list is for you. Here’s five essential home items you absolutely need to pack for your adventure outdoors.
GPS is a necessity these days. Even when you’re out camping, having a digital map is the best way for you to know where you’re going and how to get out later. Always plan your route ahead of time and familiarize yourself with the area you’re going to be in. If you plan to use your mobile phone for directions, be sure to bring a “Power Bank” charger!
First-aid kits, repair kits and tools, fire starters and illumination are just some of the equipment you’re going to need from home for the best camping trip possible. It’s always good to bring extra insulation like jackets and blankets for the nighttime. When you’re out in the sun, you’re going to need sun protection: think of hats, sun protection clothing, sunscreen and more.
What are you going to do without food? Always bring a little more than needed in case of some kind of emergency. But also bring food that’s not going to attract predatory animals. No-cook items that provide high energy are going to be your best bet while camping. Salty and easy-to -digest snacks like nuts and granola bars are great in order to enjoy the most of your camping trip.
Hydration is key, so bring plenty of it. Water is going to be your best friend. And if you don’t bring water bottles, there’s always the option of a water purifier, as long as you identify a body of water to get water from.
When you’re out camping, you’re being active in the sun. This includes hiking, biking, running and swimming. Not staying hydrated can go south very fast. That’s why everyone should always keep tabs to ensure that every person in the camping party stays hydrated the entire trip.
A tent, space blanket, tarp and bivy are going to be some dire essentials that one should bring from home while camping. If there happens to be unforeseen weather conditions, this is the only way that you can be protected from the elements. On top of being enough for weather protection, these things are also incredibly lightweight to carry.