Top 10 Camping Essentials

Camping is great fun but you have to remember to bring the essentials.

So we’ve made a list of top 10 camping essentials that you should consider taking with you on any camping trip to be comfortable, keep yourself safe, and most of all have fun!


1. A Map

Some people may think this is unnecessary with the new age of GPS devices and smartphones. They are all well and good but you must always have a good old fashioned map as a standby. GPS devices need their battery charging regularly, what happens if you are out in the woods and the battery fails? Or you loss signal? Being lost in the woods is not a pleasant experience for anyone, so make sure to put a map of the surrounding area in your rucksack.

2. Water and food

Always pack a hamper of plenty of food and drink to last you your journey. Plan out meals that are easy to cook and with ingredients that are easy to store. Many people who camp in rural areas state that they do not need to take water as they camp by a local stream. Do not take advantage of any local streams for your water as you never know the history of that stream. Someone could have dumped something nasty in it, so best to stay on the side of caution and take plenty of water with you.


4. First Aid Kit

You can easily get bitten, or worse cut or burn yourself when camping. Make sure you have a decent first-aid kit to hand at all times. It should include tweezers, gauze, plasters, tape and antiseptic fluid. Do not forget after-sun and sun lotion as sun burn will surely ruin your camping trip.


5. Shelter

Don’t forget your tent! Unless you are a backpacking minimalist, and there are many who enjoy doing this, a tent offers you privacy and protection from the rain, wind, and also pesky insects when you are sleeping.


6. Bedding

Proper bedding can make the difference between being uncomfortable and getting a good night’s sleep. Make sure you have sleeping bags for everyone, rated to the appropriate temperature. For cooler camping weather also take blankets to throw on top of your sleeping bags. A sleeping bag is one of those purchases that doesn’t have to be made on the first camping trip…if you don’t have one yet and don’t want to buy one, sheets and comforters work fine. Just make sure you have enough layers to keep you warm if the temperatures turn cold!


7. Clothing

It is important to bring proper clothing to see you through different weather conditions. Raingear to keep you dry in case of rain; a jacket for cooler temperatures in the evening; and one or two extra changes of clothing just in case (a few more for young children who will definitely get dirty!).


8. Campsite Tools

Have some basic campsite tools will help you take care of any issues that might arise. A hammer is good for setting and pulling stakes. An axe and saw make cutting up firewood easier. And a good knife comes in handy in many different situations. A good old swiss army knife comes in handy for all occasions, especially if you need a can opener.


9. Camping Kitchen Equipment

What you bring for a camping kitchen depends on the extent of the meals you want to prepare. You can bring some simple equipment like can opener, spoons. Most people bring a basic mess kit per person with a plate, bowl, cup, and cutlery. You can buy a new matching set, or just bring old stuff from your kitchen at home.


10. Lanterns/Flashlights

Lighting makes the list of camping essentials because when the sun goes down it can get really dark out there. Choose lanterns, flashlights, or bring both. Everyone in your family or camping group should have their own flashlight just incase.


Of course the the number of items you take is only limited by the amount of packing room you have… but if you don’t want to take a lot of equipment, this camping list is the top 10 camping essentials to make sure you have what you need to make your camp site like home. Well almost.

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