You need shelter for sleeping outdoors. A standard tent will provide protection from the rain, wind, mosquitoes and animals. A sleeping bag combined with a blanket will keep you warm and provides thermal insulation. A flashlight or a lantern makes traveling at night much safer and allows for a light source inside the tent. For building fires, be sure to have a fire-starting device and perhaps a hatchet or an axe to chop wood in the area. A good camp fire is very important because it supplies warmth, a cooking source, protection and a sense of comfort. If you are camping in rainy weather, bring a tarp and a rain coat to keep both you and your equipment dry. Other important camping items include hiking boots, food and water, a compass and a first aid kit.
Camping with the correct gear can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Being well equipped also gives you a psychological edge over the wild. A sense of protection and preparedness is important. It is always better to take too much than to have too little.
When selecting a tent, take note of the fabric. Look for tents that are light, durable and water resistant. Cotton absorbs water and is relatively heavy, whereas nylon is extremely water resistant and light. Quality tents have two layers for wind and water protection and for insulation.
When camping always be aware of your environment and the weather conditions. Camping on the beach requires equipment for wind, water and sand protection. Mountain campers should bring equipment for cold weather and for protection against possible animal encounters. Camping in humid climates requires extra protection from insects, rain and heat.
While camping can be very fun and rewarding, it can also be deadly if the proper gear isn't taken. Always plan for the worst-case scenarios and double-check your equipment before you head into the wilderness. Once you have set up camp, have a prepared plan of action in case something goes wrong.
Article Written By Kori Ellis
K. Ellis has traveled extensively throughout the United States. She has spent considerable time hiking, camping and fishing throughout New Mexico, Arizona, California and several other states. From rugged hikes down the Grand Canyon to scenic strolls through the Jemez Mountains, she has experienced it all.