What to Take on a One Day Camping Trip

What to Take on a One Day Camping Trip
Even going on a one day camping trip is better than no camping trip at all. You'll get to enjoy one night in the woods and enjoy Mother Nature's glory. Still, you'll need to bring enough gear to sustain you. You might not need to bring as much stuff as you would on a trip lasting several days, but you'll need to be prepared for emergencies and changes in the weather. With a little preparation, you'll have everything you could need for one day spent in nature.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tent
  • Food
  • Cooler
  • Grill or Camping Stove
  • Clothes
  • Light Source
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bedding
Step 1
Consider where you will be camping and what the campsite has to offer. Will there be potable water, bathrooms, showers or any other amenities located within the park? If not, you'll have to consider these things when planning what you will bring. For example, if there's no potable water you're going to have to bring enough to sustain the whole camping group for the time you will be there.
Step 2
Check what the weather conditions are predicted to be like for the day you will be camping. Storms can rise up suddenly and if bad weather is predicted you'll want to be protected even for one night. It can get cold at night sleeping in the woods, so plan to bring enough blankets or sleeping bags to keep warm.
Step 3
Figure out a meal plan for the time you will be camping. If staying for only one day, you'll probably need to supply at least one lunch, dinner and breakfast, as well as any snacks. If you write up a menu before you go on the camping trip, you can purchase only what you need and won't have a bunch of food that could go bad living in the cooler.
Step 4
Gather the equipment you already have to see if you'll need to purchase anything. You'll need a camp stove or grill to cook on, tents, screened tent (if you have one), camping chairs, coolers, lantern or some other light source, tarp and anything else that will make your trip comfortable. Access how many people will be camping and how big your tent is. If your tent says it sleeps 4 people, more than likely 2 people will sleep comfortably in it. Make sure you have enough gear to accommodate everyone.
Step 5
Pack a first aid kit. Even though you'll be camping for only one day, accidents can happen at any time. It's best to be prepared for the worse to happen and be thankful at the end of the trip emergencies supplies weren't needed. Fill the kit with the basic essentials such as bandages, medical tape, gauze, antiseptic, tweezers, alcohol swabs, cold pack, benadryl, pain reliever, insect repellent and anything else that someone going on the trip may need. Don't forget first aid for the dog, if you bring one with you.
Step 6
Bring a change of clothes and remember it is cooler at night. Even if you're camping in the summer, it's better to toss in a long sleeve shirt in the event it rains or becomes cold. It's easier to cool down when you're hot, than try to get warm and you don't have extra clothes to put on.

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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