There is an endless list of things you might want to take on a camping trip, but what you will actually take, largely depends on where you are going, how you plan to get there and how long you intend to be camping.
Backpacking vs RV
If you are going RV camping, you can take almost anything you think you might need – extra clothes, books and magazines, camera, extra batteries, spare boots, toys for children, etc.
But, assuming you are going backpacking and have to carry all you possessions, including food, clothes, tent, sleeping bag, first aid, and other essentials on your back, you have to be selective when packing.
5 Camping Essentials Every Back Packer Needs
Assuming you are camping on your own, in an area without any facilities (shops, telephone, hospital, roads, etc), the following list of five camping essentials is what you need to select carefully:
are the most essential piece of camping gear. For camping in the mountains, even in summer, they are a must, because there’s always the possibility of rain or even unexpected snow storm. Not to mention the mosquito. Find a tent that fits your needs and budget. The most important thing is that it keeps your dry, that it’s light and is easy to set up.
Regardless on where you usually camp (local family camp ground or Alaskan wilderness) you will choose a sleeping bag based on how warm and how light it is. To make your sleep more comfortable, it would be good if you could also squeeze a foam pad or an air mat in your backpack. You can also use a Hammock/Sleeping bag combo. Hammocks are great because they keep you off the forest floor away from insects, bugs, snakes, etc.
is always useful on a camping trip, but is an absolute necessity if you are camping in the wilderness. Besides making it easier to move around the camp after dark, it can be used for signaling. Size and weight are important, as is the battery life.
Dehydration is a common problem during hiking and camping in the wilderness, because you have to carry all the water you will need for that day, and you have to remember to drink it from time to time. Water from rivers and streams in the wild may look fresh and healthy, but it could be full of bacteria and parasites, so it’s best not to take chances. Currently, the safest type of water bottle is made of Miron Glass.
Modern backpacker has a great variety of nutritious, dehydrated, prepacked or tinned food to choose from. Better yet, bring a fishing rod with you so that you can eat from the land. It’s also a good idea to get familiar with the edible plants and mushrooms around you.
How successful or enjoyable your camping trip will be, depends on many things, such as weather, company, how prepared you are, etc. But what can definitely ruin even the best planned trip, is the unsuitable gear, so make sure you test all your equipment beforehand. Remember to take only the essentials and to leave work behind.