If you aren’t experienced as a camper, you may have trouble deciding what you should bring with you when you go camping. It’s hard to think of everything that might come in handy when you don’t know what to expect! In this article we will cover some of the basic items needed to handle the most common camping experiences.
Every camper needs certain essential items for a good camping trip. These include:
- The right clothes for the season and terrain
- Health & personal care items
- Flashlight & batteries
- A tent or other shelter
- Matches or lighter
- Emergency gear
- A sleeping bag
- Food & water
- A first aid kit
The majority of people know what to bring camping in regards to the bare basics such as food, water, and personal care items, but many people don’t have a clue about the survival gear and emergency items that are necessary on a camping trip. By taking the right equipment, you can be sure that your camping trip will be comfortable, enjoyable and safe. Taking the wrong equipment or insufficient equipment, on the other hand, can have dire consequences.
Naturally, most people know that they will need some kind of shelter and a way to sleep comfortably, so the majority of people will know they should take a tent, camper or other shelter and a sleeping bag, cot and/or an air mattress.
When you buy tents and sleeping gear, be sure you consider the sizes of the people who will be using the gear. If you have members who are unusually small, large, tall or short, be sure to get equipment that will accommodate them comfortably. Otherwise, these folks are sure to have a miserable camping trip!
When you choose your shelter and sleeping gear, take the weather into account. Choose the weight of tents and especially of sleeping bags with the temperature and weather conditions in mind. You don’t want your party to be too hot, too cold, soaked to the skin by rain or chilled to the bone by high winds!
When you are choosing sleeping gear, think about the terrain. Is it smooth or rocky? Are there lots of sticks and roots on the ground? Obviously, if you are camping on the beach, you may be completely comfortable in sleeping bag on the sand. In the forest or on a hillside be sure to add a sleeping pad, cot, air mattress or other form of cushioning. There is nothing worse than a camping trip in which no one gets any sleep!