Camping Packing Tips

Camping Packing Tips
If you've decided to take a camping trip, whether you're a seasoned professional or a novice, you'll have to pack your equipment. The more efficiently you pack all the stuff you'll probably be taking, the less space you'll take up, and you'll know where everything is. With all the modern conveniences now offered in camping equipment, most people bring everything but the kitchen sink with them. Read on for some tips in packing for that camping trip and being able to find everything.


Difficulty: Easy

Tips for Packing for a Camping Trip

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic containers Making a list
  • Plastic containers
  • Making a list
Step 1
Make a list of everything you have and everything you're going to need. If you've been camping before, you probably already have most of the equipment you're going to need. If extra equipment will be required, write it down so you won't forget to buy it. List everything you're going to need for the trip, such as bug spray, food, clothing and other essential items. This will give you a better idea of what you have and what you'll need to get. Nothing's worse than getting into the middle of the woods and realizing you've forgotten some essential item.
Step 2
Buy a big plastic container that has a lid. You can usually find these at any local department store. These big plastic containers are wonderful in keeping your equipment together in one place and any water out of it. Depending on how much stuff you have, you might need several. These containers are also great in holding any food items that don't require refrigeration. You should be able to find them in a vast array of sizes for all your camping needs.
Step 3
Gather all your camping equipment such as tents, canopies, chairs, and lanterns and place them in one spot. You'll get a better idea of what you have and what you'll need. Once you have everything you'll need equipment wise, place it inside one of the plastic containers. This way all your equipment is contained together in one place and you'll know where everything is. If your transporting your equipment in a truck bed, you'll have less chance of it flying all around and possibly out of the truck itself. Even if you're transporting the equipment inside of a vehicle, you'll take up less space than having a bunch of items tossed all around. This will take up less of your time unpacking and packing and give you more time to enjoy the great outdoors.
Step 4
Figure out what food items you'll be bringing with you. The ones that won't need to be in a cooler, place directly into another plastic container that's big enough to hold them. This will keep all the food contained in one place, instead of having to deal with a bunch of bags holding everything. You'll be able to snap the lid closed and place it back inside the car when you aren't needing it.
Step 5
Freeze large bottles with water, so you can use them inside the cooler. Use any type of larger bottle such as a soda or juice bottle, to fill with water and freeze. You'll be surprised at how much longer your cooler will remain cold and you won't need to buy so many bags of ice. This technique can keep food cold for days, without any additional ice being added. If you have meat you won't be using for a couple of days, freeze it. The more frozen items you have in the cooler that can thaw out naturally inside of it, the colder your cooler will remain. If you are carrying a separate cooler for drinks, freeze some water bottles and place them inside. This will also keep the cooler colder for longer and you'll have a nice cold bottle of water to bring with you on a hike.
Step 6
Roll your shirts and other clothing, before putting it inside of your clothing bag. This technique takes up less space and you'll find you'll have less wrinkles in the clothing items. Laying your items flat, will leave you with less space, so you might have to carry several bags to hold your clothes. Always remember to bring extra items to be prepared for a change in the weather. It's better to have more clothing than you'll need, than not enough. It can get cold at night in the woods, so make sure to bring something that will keep you warm. Don't forget your poncho.
Step 7
Keep all your medical, personal supplies and first aid kit together in one place. If you designate a bag specifically for these type of items, you'll be able to get to them in the event an emergency happens. You don't want to be digging around, wondering where the first aid kit is, while someone is bleeding.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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