What to Take on a Camping Trip
Are you ready to go camping? For those who are new to the world of camping, it can be overwhelming to determine just what you need to take, what are considered luxury items and those items that will make camping a bit easier.
If you are camping with family, you will find that there may be some items that you never even thought about taking with you.
Camping with children, whether this is the first or the tenth camping trip, means having a lot more gear than someone who is camping solo and is a seasoned camper.
The best tip that you are going to want to remember is that you need to start making your camping list way before time to go camping. This way, you are sure to not forget something that could have made the trip that much easier.
With this being said, let’s take a look at some of the must-have camping items to pack so that your trip is memorable while also comfortable and safe!
We are going to break this down according to where it will be used along with being personal items that need to be packed for a list that will be easy to remember.
Gear for the Campsite
There is a ton of great that you will need for the campsite to make this comfortable for yourself and the family. These items include:
- The tent which should include poles and stakes to ensure that it is well set up for the night. Be sure that you are getting a tent big enough for the entire family so that everyone is comfortable.
- A ground cover for under the tent, many people purchase this with the tent, while others simply buy a tarp to put under the tent.
- Extra tarp in the event that it rains or ensures that the tent has come with a rainfly.
- Each camper is going to need their own sleeping bag that is meant to fit them.
- A pad for each camper is nice as well, as this provides even more insulation from the ground.
- Air-inflated mattresses are a luxury item that many campers use, as this can make camping much better when you are not having to sleep directly on the ground.
- A repair kit for the tents, tarps, and mattresses that you may have, as you need to make sure that you plan for every possible accident that could happen.
- Pillows for everyone to ensure they are comfortable.
- Extra blankets.
- Camping chairs for everyone so that they do not have to sit on the ground.
- Flashlights and headlamps for everyone, along with extra batteries.
- A lantern to help with lighting in the tent.
- Lantern fuel or batteries for those dark nights.
The camping gear that you bring can include other items that you just want to have. For example, many people pack extra bookbags for hiking or even hiking sticks.
What you pack is going to really depend on where you are camping and what you hope to do while camping, so keep that in mind when adding to this basic list.
Your Kitchen Gear
Camping is more than just roasting some hot dogs over an open fire. There is nothing that states that while you are camping you still can’t have some great food.
In fact, there are recipes everywhere that include some five-star dinner ideas for the entire family. Here is the kitchen gear that you are going to want to add to your camping gear list:
- A stove of some sort, along with fuel for this strove.
- Matches or a lighter.
- Firewood, be sure that this can be brought in as some campsites have rules about what can be burned and what cannot be used.
- Pots and pans, opt for one pan and one pot, unless you plan on making a huge meal while camping.
- Portable coffee maker, while you may think this is a luxury, after a shot of caffeine in the morning you will be glad that you included this on your camping gear list.
- Tablecloth as you do not want to eat directly off of the wooden tables that are available at most campsites.
- Roasting sticks for marshmallows at night, as you know this is a tradition that every kid loves!
- Containers and bags for food that you are saving to put in the cooler. This also helps to ensure that critters are not smelling these foods.
- Trash bags for all your trash.
- A cooler with ice to help keep foods cool so that they do not spoil.
- Reusable water bottles can be a great way to ensure you are not leaving behind a ton of plastic. Instead of having individual water bottles, opt to carry gallons of water to refill your bottles.
- Plates and cutlery, these can be thrown away or you can invest into a cheap plastic set to wash and reuse later.
- Cooking utensils like a paring knife, spatula, spoon and the like.
- Include a cutting board if you have some great recipes that you will be trying.
- Foil is a must have when cooking on an open flame.
- Bin for washing dishes along with soap, dishcloth and some paper towels for quick clean up.
Your Personal Camping Gear List
When camping with the whole family, there are going to be several items on the personal list that you won’t want to forget. These include the following:
- Any daily medications that each person needs
- Insect repellant
- First aid kit
- Toiletry items
- Each person will need extra clothes in the event that something happens
- Rain gear
- Extra layer for warmth
- Shoes that are good for hiking, shoes for the water, and shower shoes
Tip: Be sure that you are packing kids a bit of extra in everything, including an extra toothbrush. When kids are camping, it is super easy for things to disappear or get lost.
You may also want to consider adding these extras to your camping gear list:
- A camera
- Maps of the campsite that you are at along with what there is to do here
- Bicycles for kids who are ready to go riding
- Pet supplies and food if you have traveled with your pet
Every camping gear list is going to be different according to the needs of the area and the camper. Are you ready to take your next camping trip?
For those who are ready to go camping, they are going to find that BookYourSite.com has hundreds of campsites in North America to choose from.
You can easily book these from the app or on the website for the dates that you want to be out and enjoying the great outdoors.
And remember, while booking this campsite, check to see what gear you may need that is specific to that area, this way you are prepared for anything and everything.