Unless you are going to sleep in an RV or a van, your tent is going to be your home during camping, so it can be considered the core piece. Other than the tent’s basic parts like the skin and the poles, you will also want to bring tent pegs, a hammer, a saw and a repair kit. The hammer makes pegging down stakes and poles way easier, the saw is useful in cutting stuff and a repair kit will save your life if your tent gets ripped somehow. If you know the weather is going to be rainy, you can also get a tent flysheet.
Every outdoor sport or activity requires some level of gear, and camping is no exception. There are dozens of different equipment you can bring to your camping adventures, but there are, of course, the essentials. If you want to make sure that your camping plans don’t turn into a nightmare, here are the 10 essential camping equipment you need to check before heading out.
2. Camping Bags
You will bring a lot of stuff for camping, and all that stuff needs to stay somewhere safe, big and portable. This is where your camping bags come in. Get a durable, water-proof and light camping bag for each person. Adjust its size depending on how long you will camp for. If you are planning on hiking, bringing a smaller camping bag helps a lot since it will make carrying a couple of essential items for hiking way easier.
3. Illumination Equipment
Proper illumination is key to keeping everyone safe and happy during evenings and nights. It gives people comfort and makes walking around your campsite safer. If you have kids, they will especially appreciate proper lighting at night since they can be a little scared. For personal lighting, headlamps are the best since they are hands-free, but flashlights also do the job. For stationary lighting around your camp, lanterns will do the job.
4. Sleeping Bags & Pads
The point of camping is to get away from the luxuries of modern life, I know, but no one wants to sleep on the hard ground. Get a sturdy and comfortable sleeping bag, cot or hammock that fits your body. You can get a 2-person sleeping bag if you are planning on camping with your significant other. On top of that, you also need sleeping pads for everyone for padding and thermal insulation. There are 3 types of sleeping pads: closed-cell foam, self-inflating and air. Closed-cell foam pads are cheap, light and durable, but they are less comfortable than other options. Air pads are compact, light and comfortable, but they can be expensive. They also deflate at night due to cold and are vulnerable to being damaged. Self-inflating pads are comfortable and don’t deflate, but they are heavier and less compact than air pads.
To sleep comfortably and save your neck, you need a camping pillow at night. To save space, you can get compressible or inflatable pillows, or you can just get pillow cases and fill them up with clothes at night.
If you don’t want to get lost while camping, especially if you are at a remote area, you need navigation gear. A baseplate compass and a map of the area are essential for safety. On top of that, getting a GPS device and installing GPS app to your phone also help immensely. To be prepared for the worst-case scenario, get a personal locator beacon (PLB). They are expensive, but they can literally save your life if you get lost in an area without cell phone signals.
7. Food & Kitchen Equipment
One of the biggest joys of camping is cooking basic and simple food in a limited environment. Prepare a meal plan at home and pack the necessary ingredients. Then, get the essential kitchen equipment: a stove or a grill, a cooler, cookware sets, pans, pots, knives, forks, spoons, plates, cups, can openers, bottles, a cutting board, towels, soaps, and a bin.
8. Camping Chairs
Get a camping chair for every person in the camping group. In the end, you will be sitting while eating, talking, reading and watching the scenery. Folding camping chairs are compact and light, so they are great options. Some of them even come with extra functions like side pockets.
10. First Aid Kit
Safety first. A lot can go wrong while camping and you can get injured. Always keep a comprehensive first aid kit with you. There are more than 30 vital first aid items, like bandages, alcohol, antibiotic ointments, sanitizer and antihistamines, so either get a prepacked one or make a through list and get every vital item yourself.
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