Important Things to Bring While Camping
Getting back to nature and enjoying the great outdoors are just some of the benefits of taking a camping trip. When the weather is nice, and you are ready to set off to take advantage of it, it’s important to ensure that you are properly prepared.
When you are surrounded by so many different things needed for camping, it can be easy to forget some of the essentials like first aid gear or flashlights. While everyone understands a tent, sleeping bags and cooking gear are required for their trip, there are some things people just don’t consider.
There are a few items, aside from the obvious, that are of the utmost importance when setting off on your camping expedition and forgetting them really isn’t an option.
Chances are at some point during your camping excursion, you are going to want to start a fire. Make sure to have a few packs of matches easily accessible to you because unless you are a veteran boy scout, you are probably going to need a flame to get that fire burning.
First Aid Kit
Do not go camping without a first aid kit. Chances are you will experience things like scratches, burns, bumps, cuts or scrapes at least once on your camping trip. Make sure that you are prepared with a well-stocked first aid kit in case of emergency.
Tarps are essential to a good camping trip. Whether you are using the tarp as extra shelter or to protect the bottom of your tent, you are going to want to have at least one on hand. The good news is that they are generally easy to fold and store, so they don’t take up much room in your camping equipment.
Flashlight or Headlamp
At some point, you are probably going to need to go somewhere when it’s dark out. Whether you are sneaking a midnight snack or stumbling to the bathroom, you are going to need to see where you are going. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight, headlamp or even a lantern to help guide you to your destination after dark.
Maps and Compass
In this day and age of advanced technology, many people rely on their smartphones or other devices to act as their GPS. While this is all well and good for a road trip, you may not be able to get a good signal when camping or on a hike. Make sure to have a backup plan and rely on things such as a map and compass over your smartphone just in case.
Camping can be an amazing experience. Just remember to pack the essentials and be prepared for anything.
Sarah Anguish is a thirtysomething-year-old northerner who now lives in Norfolk with her husband and three children. Previously working for the NHS in various roles for 15 years before being made redundant in 2016. She is now a work from home mum who showcases family life, home decor, travel and everything in between on her award-winning blog www.boorooandtiggertoo.com. Whilst working from home may not have been part of the plan, it allows her the greatest flexibility around the needs and activities for her children.