What to Take on Camping Trips

What to Take on Camping TripsCamping has become a popular outdoor recreational activity. To the novice camper, deciding what to bring on a camping trip can be overwhelming. One walk down the camping aisle at your outdoors store will give you a wealth of choices of various gear items you can buy. Though many of these items will make your trip more comfortable, there are basic items every camp shouldn't be without.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
first aid kit
  • Tent
  • Bedding
  • Light source
  • Food
  • Cooking supplies
  • First-aid kit
  • Tarp
Step 1
Consider where you'll be camping and what amenities are located within the park. You'll need to be prepared if your camping area doesn't have potable water or bathrooms. If this is the case, you'll need to bring enough water for every camp member to last through the duration of the trip and bathroom supplies.
Step 2
Bring a tent that is big enough to house everyone in the party. If the tent specifies that it will house six people, figure that four adults will sleep comfortably in it. The same rule will go if the tent says it will house four people; two adults will sleep comfortably in it. Also, bring a screened tent if you have one. Screened tents are nice because they keep the rain off you and make a nice cooking area that's covered. They are an extra gear item but can make life at camp much nicer.
Step 3
Pack extra gear items, such as a lantern or some type of light source, flashlight, camping stove, grill, camping chairs and a tarp. Tarps can come in handy if it starts raining. You'll then have something you can cover your tent and eating area with to keep dry. Some campers even lay a tarp down on the ground and erect their tent on it to keep the bottom dry and clean.
Step 4
Assemble a first-aid kit that includes the basics as well as anything special you might require. You can purchase first-aid kits already made up, but it's easy to make your own. Include items such as bandages, gauze, medical tape, a cold pack, antiseptic, insect repellent, antibiotic salve, Benadryl, pain relievers and anything else that might be needed by someone on the trip.
Step 5
Make a menu for all the meals you're going to cook for your time in the woods. This will help organize what you will need to purchase and cut down on any waste. Store your dry foods in a plastic container to keep them organized and dry. Bring a cooler that is big enough to hold your refrigerated foods and ice. It might be wise to have a cooler designated for the food and one for the drinks. This will help keep your food cooler colder longer. Also, don't forget to bring cooking and eating utensils on your trip.
Step 6
Bring clothes that will take the weather into consideration. Because it gets cooler in the woods at night, it's best to bring something to keep you warm. Throwing in a poncho for everyone in the group is also a good idea. It's better to be overly prepared rather than under. If you will be hiking, make sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes with you to walk in.
Step 7
Pack enough bedding to keep everyone warm at night. Nothing is worse than getting cold without anything to make you warmer. Air mattresses are good, because they lift your body off the ground and are more comfortable to sleep on, but you'll still need adequate covers to keep warm.

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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