Spending a night or a few days out in the wilderness can soothe your primal cravings as well as satisfy your tranquility needs. However, it can turn into a living hell if you forget to pack essentials that will help you survive and enjoy the experience. Below is a list of 10 of the most crucial items that you will have to take with you on your camping adventure.
Even in the remotest locations, a tent is your savior when it comes to extreme weather. Out there in the wilderness, you have no guarantees which is why a tent is necessary. It will protect you and your gear from a sudden snowstorm, a heavy downpour, a heavy dew and even strong winds. You will save yourself from hypothermia or other unfavorable health complications.
It is advisable to carry emergency shelter because you never know when things may go south. You can pack a bivy sack, an ultralight tarp, an emergency space blanket, or even use a large trash bag to cover yourself up when in a tight corner. Always remember that tents are pitched in a specific location, but these emergency shelters can help you when you’re out and about.
Water is the most essential thing to survive outside in the wilderness and when going camping. You do not want to be left only with the choice of drinking from a lake, pond, river or stream. So always keep a day’s worth of water supply for easy access. Once that is exhausted, bring filters or water purification tablets so you can use the readily available water around you.
Nothing screams camping more than a campfire to huddle around. It isn’t only a necessity for storytelling, but it is also probably your only source of heat. You will have to pack cigarette lighters, magnesium fire starters or flint and steel. If you pack matchsticks, get waterproof ones. Also, it is better to pack two firestarters in different packs in case one is lost or fails.
Cuts, bruises, scratches, burns or bumps will likely happen when you go out for camping trips. Be sure to pack a good first aid kit to help you treat these timely. Ensure that your kit also has a handy pair of scissors, gauze, soap, adhesive, CPR mouth barrier and an emergency whistle. In case you’re not trained properly, complete an online first aid course before going camping.
Your skin needs protection at all times when you’re out in the wilderness. You should always pack skin protective gear such as sun-protection clothing, sunglasses, gloves, headgear and sturdy footwear. To protect your skin, use sunscreen and insect repellants. Back at the camp, you can use a power bank or battery-operated insect traps like Katchy Bug to help you stay bite-free.
Swiss Army Knives are a versatile tool kit that can help you out in all your major needs during camping. However, a simple sturdy pocket knife can help you do a great number of tasks when out hiking. You can use it to sharpen sticks, open cans, slice food, dice bait, trim ropes, cut fishing line, tighten a screw and even skin small animals. Whet it before taking it to the campsite.
Being lost in the beauty of the open wild is romantic, but being lost in reality isn’t. So, wherever you go camping, bring navigation tools such as compasses, maps or a GPS. Learn navigation trips such as marking your way to your camp from a nearby creek. The changes in sunlight can disorient even experienced campers and being stranded at nighttime is a serious situation. Be prepared.
The convoluting light of the campfire evokes emotions, but it is not entirely functional as it only spreads about 6 feet in any direction. Always bring reliable sources of light such as battery-operated or rechargeable flashlights, fuel lanterns, and hardy headlamps. The last ones are highly preferred by hikers and campers as they keep your hands free for any other essential activity.
When packing food, always pack a day worth of extra. This can be used in case your trip prolongs due to weather or injury. In case of latter, make sure you pack food that doesn’t require cooking and has a longer shelf life. Energy bars, granola bars, protein bars, dried fruits, nuts, and even jerky are good for camping. Pack extra if your plan to camp is for multiple days or during the winter.
When going camping, make sure you make a checklist of must-bringing essentials that you need to take with you. Since making one yourself can result in missing out on important things, we advise you use one of the multiple lists available on camping forums on the internet. Whenever and wherever you decide to go, always keep safety your highest priority.