With the autumn breeze that August brings, you’re bound to head toward the green, foresty areas around you for a peaceful camping trip with your family and/or friends! Though, it is to note that camping is not like other vacation trips; you can not simply pack a bag and board the plane, you’ll need to arrange some camping trip essentials to have a fun and stress-free camping trip, and this article is just for that!
Finding the right campground:
Finding the right place to camp is the first and foremost thing you should do.
Different areas have different weather conditions which could heavily affect your camping trip and that all depends on the campground you select, so you should do a thorough check before settling on a place because if you do not, your trip may not go very well.
You should know whether there will running water near you or what kind of animals will be in the area. This is so you can pack accordingly and have all kinds of things ready in case of an emergency.
Check whether you’ll have service available or not, this will determine how much you’ll pack and of what.
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How many people are coming:
Camping trips are not like hotel room stays. You’ll need to make sure you have a good idea of the number of people coming with you to know how many supplies you need and the cost of the trip will take.
If you’re going solo, you can easily arrange for one sleeping bed or arrange a hammock with a mosquito net for yourself. If you are going with a big number of adults and children, make sure to get a big tent or more than one tent. Arrange for pullovers or sleeping bags and try getting a tent with segregations to maintain privacy.
The right clothes to pack:
As mentioned before, camping trips are different from other trips. Cloth packing is one of the os important tasks and could either make your trip a big hit or flop.
The clothes you pack should always be in accordance with the weather, area and oberall campground. If wherever you plan to go is rainy or wet, pack raincoats and rain boots.
Keep in mind that just because the weather is warm, usually campsites get cold at night and sleeping bags and sleeping pads can not keep you very warm, so pack sweaters, jackets and thermal wear to keep you cosy at night.
It is advisable to not pack cotton shirts as they do not dry in case they get wet, instead get breathable clothes.
Pack shorts and leggings while keeping the area you are going to in mind.
It would be better if you overpack in terms of clothes in case of an emergency or if an unforeseen problem arises.
The toiletries you will need:
You will need to bring along a toothbrush, comb or hairbrush, deodorant (could be either spray or stick), tissues/toilet paper, hand sanitiser, moisturizer, and sunscreen, if you are planning a long trip keep shampoo (wet or dry) and any other items that you think you will need.
Extras you should bring along:
A first-aid kit is something you should always keep at hand in case of an emergency, make sure it is stocked up.
You can bring firewood in case you think you would need it.
Hammocks are also optional.
You can bring picnic materials, and camp/lounge chairs as well.
Bug spray and mosquito repellent are also something that you can bring along if you want to.
Most campsites have clean, drinkable water but in case the one you plan to go to doesn’t, either bring your supply or treat water in case there is a water source you can utilise.
Bring cooking gear such as a camp stove, pots, and pans to use. You may use either firewood or you can bring your fuel to use on the stove.
Eating utensils such as plates, spoons, and forks are also extremely important. You can bring china and metal cutlery or stick with disposable ones, though it is advisable not to you plastic to reduce pollution in general.
Big parks with camping sites usually have sinks for you to wash your utensils, but in case you are at a site with no such facility, bring a portable dishwasher along.
Keep coolers, thermoses and hydro flasks with you as well to store food items so they do not go bad in case you don’t finish them.
You can make any kind of meal while out camping but in case you are away from grocery stores and stores can’t deliver to you, it is advisable to either keep less perishable items or store them in a place where they will last for a considerable amount of time to save food and money waste.
You will need a secure tent, a sleeping arrangement such as sleeping bags or sleeping pads, flashlights or headlamps, blankets and pillows, camp chairs, portable tables, and in case you think you would need this, a portable generator or battery.
In case there is a water body near you, you can bring water essentials such as floats, life jackets, if possible, book a boat, fishing materials like a fishing rod, swimsuits and more.
You can also carry a toolbox with screwdrivers, hammers, stake hammers etc with you in case you would need tools or just to be on the safe side.
All in all, despite camping being such a popular vacation spot, you must keep in mind that it requires double the planning that other trips do because of the unconventional methods you would have to adhere to relax.
It is to note though, that with proper planning and good preparation, your camping trip is bound to be a huge success and you will definitely enjoy being out in the open, surrounded by the fresh breeze, being one with nature and getting a much-needed escape from the shackles of computer screens. So start planning your nature-esque getaway today!