With the spring approaching, many people start getting ready for camping. Camping is one of the most relaxing and fun outdoor activities that families and couples can enjoy. Depending on the level of camping that you chose to do – rough camping, or mild camping – with all the amenities of a trailer or a cabin, you will have to select camping equipment that will help you enjoy the experience. Most campers who have a trailer or a cabin sleep inside and do not use a tent; however, some do for fun of roughing it near the trailer. Tents come in many sizes and in different materials. Don’t forget your poles and stakes to secure it to the ground. A rock will do if you forgot the hammer.
In addition to a tent, a sleeping bag will be of the most needed. Sleeping bags come in different fabrics and insulating materials. Some people bring pillows and sheets or blankets, while other just use their sleeping bag and perhaps an air bed. It depends on your style of camping.
Water is of course one of the most essential things to survive camping, but also you will need canteens or bottles to carry it, if you go hiking. A water bucket becomes handy too. One important thing to bring is a first aid kit. Even if you are not roughing it much, a simple bee sting, or a scratch in a rock will require your immediate attention.
Flashlight or some kind of lighting will help you navigate through the night in case the bathroom facilities are not in the cabin or you have to go a bit further into the wild. A utility knife is another essential since it is versatile and can be used for many things. Don’t forget your rain gear in case you don’t have good weather.
You will also need food, drinks, snacks, bags for your trash, tissues or napkins, toilet paper, pots or pans, cups, utensils, and something to start a fire if you are cooking outside. In addition, a backpack, a radio, a compass or navigation system, as well as a cell phone will prove to be of great use. If you are in any medications, don’t forget to pack them.
Depending on the type of camping that you are doing, you might want to bring some recreational items such as fishing gear, bikes, helmets, guitar, or musical instrument of choice, and other things that will make your camping experience enjoyable. However, part of camping is removing yourself from the comforts of home to be one with nature; don’t bring your entire home with you.