Going camping is a wonderful experience unless you wake up in the middle of nowhere realizing you don’t have a flashlight or matches. All my life I have been addicted to nature so I try to engage as much as can into mini trips at the end of the weekend.
Because I’ve been on this path and I understand how crucial it is to have only the essential camping items with you, I want to give you a piece of advice. I’ve gathered some useful info that I want to share with.
- First-aid kit
The most important thing you mustn’t forget, under no circumstance, is the first aid kit. During an outdoor adventure, we are exposed to several situations when incidents are quite likely to occur. Issues such as burns, cuts, bumps, or scratches, are bound to happen during a camping journey. So having a kit for basic medical emergencies is a life savior. Generally, you should bring things like aspirins, bandages, bug sprays, aloe vera or ibuprofen. Never leave your house without a proper first-aid kit. If you’re not sure what to get, consult your doctor or read online forums.
- Pack of matches
I know that some people are born to enjoy the wild, but the rest of us simply don’t know how to light a fire without using matches. Without a fire, you’re doomed because you need to cook food and to warm your bones during cold nights. Just don’t fool yourself into thinking that one pack will do. Buy in bulk because it’s better to have more than not to have at all.
- Ropes and tarps
You probably wonder why I’m talking about ropes when you’re only going for a couple of days in a camping area. The reason I mention them is that they are quite versatile and come in handy if you want to tie knots. Plus, you can use them for making a clothes line if you have wet garments that you want to dry, for hanging your coolers or creating a shelter at night or simply for towing people out of dangerous situations. The bottom line is to never go camping without one rope, at least.
Easy to fold and to carry, tarps don’t take much space and are the perfect size for a backpack. They are useful if you want to add extra protection for your tent or to create a shelter at the campsite.
- Lanterns, flashlights or headlamps
I’ve heard some people talking about essential gear when camping and they seem to forget about lanterns and flashlights. Not to mention the headlamps that are mandatory for hikers. If you believe that having a smartphone with a flashlight included will help you in the pitch black, you’re totally wrong. Make sure your source of light is easy to reach and don’t forget about batteries, as well.
- Maps and compass
Even though you think you are saved with a special mobile app, in reality, you need a good old-fashioned RV GPS that stays in your car and offers you information about routes. Don’t rely solely on maps or GPS, get a compass if you’re familiar with this type of tools.