Are you going on a trip to the back country next summer? Well, before you do, make sure to plan your trip properly. This will ensure that your camping is safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Planning your trip includes building a checklist of camping equipment that you will need during your stay outdoors.
Now the question is what you should include? Your equipment can range from the things you will need for building a fire, to dining, cooking, and many more. This all depends on the type of camping experience you want to have. Let’s explore what types there are and what you will need.
The first is the minimalist type. The campers who prefer this type are willing to embrace the wilderness as it comes. They easily adapt to the weather conditions and terrain. They sleep on the ground rather than on cots. They prefer to make fire the old fashioned way, rather then with a stove. They carry small candles instead of lantern.
The next type of camper is more gear-oriented. People under this category want to enjoy some of the comforts of home even while outdoors. They want to be prepared for anything. Their checklist will include tables, chairs, stoves, cots and other conveniences.
Lastly, the camper that wants to feel like their campsite is their home. They would include a tent, camping stove, food and water, plastic sheets to cover the ground, a good-quality sleeping bag, an air bed under the sleeping bag, emergency blanket, pillows, cots, large plastic bins for storage, tent sealer, folding tables and chairs (preferably the light aluminum ones), stools, binoculars, first aid kit with anti-blister ointment, tarp, rope, shovel, sunscreen, portable toilet, toilet paper, baby wipes, soap, toothpaste, insect repellent, relevant tools, backpack and towels.
Remember, once arriving at your camp site, your first job is to make the camp fire. It may have rained recently, so the wood may be wet. However, the inside of the logs are generally dry. Carry a small axe and be prepared to split logs. The best practice is to bring dry kindling from home. Store your matches in a waterproof box or bring a lighter.
The meals of gear-oriented campers may be elaborate. Bringing a stove is key, and some ice packs to keep the food fresh for later. Cooking at a campsite may require its own list of equipment. Can/bottle openers, cutlery for food preparation and serving, dishes, extra fuel or charcoal, camping recipes, dish rack and detergent, pot holders, coffee maker, cutting board, colander, tongs, thermos, tablecloth, storage containers, paper towels, napkins, trash bags and aluminum foil are many of the items that will come in handy.
Lighting up your surroundings at night is important, especially if you have children in your group. Carry flashlights with extra batteries. If you have hiking in mind bring a compass, travel guide, map, comfortable shoes, extra socks, pocket knife and a hat.
Remember, carrying the right outdoor equipment will ensure you of a safe and enjoyable trip.