8 Key Camping Essentials
Camping is probably the first thought that comes to mind when you think of a vacation or a family activity.
This is because it’s not only enjoyable but also doesn’t strain your budget. When drafting that ‘must have’ camping list, it’s important that you give priority to things that will help you survive while having a good time with your family. Let’s explore some of the camping essentials that you shouldn’t leave behind on your next camping adventure.
Today, there are over 166,000 camp sites found in state parks. The number of those campsites in private parks is untold and you can be certain that there are all sorts of campsites here.
Take a look at this infographic for some General knowledge!
In addition to the conventional campsites, there are RV parks, trailer parks and holiday parks which also date many years. This is not to forget backcountry camping that captivates many citizens seeking escape from the drudgery and stress of everyday life.
You can only imagine the huge number of people hosted in these camps every year. It’s incredible and the experience, mouth-watering.
1. Navigation-Maps And Compass
You can never overlook navigation tools when going out camping especially when venturing into new territories. These tools make it easy and possible to manoeuvre through thickets and forests.
Much as you may have your GPS on phone and car console, having the map and compass gives you the confidence to surge forward. In this case, the topographical map should include more than the common footpath or nature trail. A detailed map that shows you the terrain, prominent features and vegetation can be very resourceful.
It’s important to take interest in gaining map and compass reading skills before venturing out. It’s quite easy to become disoriented and these skills will help you get back on track. The fact that a compass doesn’t rely on batteries or signals makes it invaluable.
It can never become obsolete even with the advent of high tech GPS receivers. If possible, get a compass fitted with a sighting mirror. It can help you flash sunlight to a rescuer in case of an emergency.
2. Tent or Sleeping Bag: The tent sounds like the obvious and unless you have a camper or intend to sleep under the stars shouldn’t be ignored. Have the stakes, poles, fly and the extra tarp or fabric that prevents rain water from entering.
Light is essential in every camping sight. Whether you are sneaking that mid-night snack or need to check out some noises, a headlamp will come in handy. Headlamps are a great choice as they can be operated hands free, are lightweight and have a long battery life. Most of them will offer a strobe mode which helps you save on batteries. You may also find it necessary to have packable lanterns or flashlights.
Lanterns will shed light in all directions while a flashlight will give a strong beam that can also be used to send signals in case of emergencies. Well, you can expect to have some guests, moths, attracted by the light and a good way of controlling them is ensuring that you turn off the light before entering your tent and turning it on after you have zipped the tent.
4. Sun Protection
Outdoor activities will definitely expose you to long hours of sunshine. While this sunshine will make it even more fun, it may take toll on your body. It would be a great idea to have sunglasses. If camping in snow and ice covered areas, dark glacier glasses are indispensable.
You may have studied the weather patterns of the area you will be visiting but it would be a great idea to bring along all weather clothes. These should be clothes that can cater for rainy days, chilly nights and also be worn on a hot day out. The weather is unpredictable and may change abruptly.
With the extra clothing, you will be able to survive the harsh conditions. Just be careful not to carry too much clothing as they may take up all your packing space leaving no room for other essentials.
6. First Aid Kit
Preparing for the unknown especially if your camping includes outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and biking is important. Scrapes, cuts and bumps are inevitable. A pre-assembled first aid kit save you the hassle of building your kit but you can always personalize it to suit your needs.
What could come out of a camp without fire? To most people, camping is all about cuddling and spending long memorable hours around the fire. Matches would thus top your list. If venturing into a back county, consider having a waterproof variety.
The campsite may have a campfire site but that may be available when in the woods. In such situations, make a point of having some newspapers or kindling wood that will make it easy to start a fire. You will need it to stay warm, warm foods and even scare away bugs and animals.
8. Bottled Water And Non-Perishable Food
Much as you may be anticipating filtering the water found in nature, it’s important to have some bottled water. You will need gallons of water for drinking, cleaning and other activities and the campsite may not have running water or streams. Have enough water to help you survive as you seek alternatives.
Same case applies to foodstuffs. Bring plenty of foods, non perishable, that can stay cool and safe for some days. Preferably, have some food that doesn’t need much preparation.
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Gilbert is a 23-year old blogger from South america who is a Camping enthusiast and a Technology geek. He is a certified Engineer and is Pursuing his Masters in University Of chile. Read more about him