Ive noticed a trend and rise in how camping is more popular than ever, with more and more people choosing this rustic getaway instead of hitting hotels etc. With the right camping equipment, you can holiday at a low cost with friends and family for years to come. If you are new to camping, this guide will give you a basic knowledge to prepare you for your first trip, it’s worth getting a hold of the bare essentials (or borrowing from others if possible). If you find that you enjoy camping, then over time you will be able to build up your kit and create a home away from home.
Whether you are campsite camping, festival camping or wild camping, these are the essentials you will need to make it a memorable and comfortable experience:
Tent: I feel like this is one of the most obvious things to pack for a camping trip, but I still think I should mention it. I have a friend who packs everything he needs except the tent. Unless you plan on sleeping under the stars and on the cold or wet earth, bring a tent! It keeps you warmer, safer from animals, and protects you from rain, dew and bugs.
Sleeping Bag: This is the second most obvious thing, but I’m still bringing it up. Sleeping bags keep you warm and protect you from bugs. Even on a warm summer weekend, nights can get pretty cold and you don’t want to be caught out in the open.
Yoga Mat: If you want to do some sunrise yoga while camping, more power to you, but that’s not why I brought this item up. Lay a yoga mat out under your sleeping bag to provide extra padding for more comfort. It also creates a barrier between you and the cold forest floor so you will stay warmer.
Fire Starters: Matches or lighters (stored in a plastic baggie or wrapped in foil to keep out moisture), dry firewood, and dry newspaper are all you need for a campfire. You can do a quick hunt for kindling wood for your fire around the campsite itself.
Water: While you can buy filtration systems to purify water found in nature, you will find it easiest to bring gallons of bottled water for cooking, cleaning, and brushing your teeth, if there isn’t a source of clean running water available.
Cooking utensils or canned food: As much as you would like to eat marshmallows for 3 days, it’s not healthy.Bring plenty of nonperishable food that will stay cool and safe in cans and jars until you’re ready to cook and eat it. Canned veggies, cold cuts, bread, soup mixes, mini cereal boxes and packaged biscuits will always stay fresh.
Toilet paper: It’s smart to bring a good supply of toilet paper just in case you need it. And you’ll always find uses for it. Trust me.
Swiss army knife: For me, the Swiss army knife has always been a part of camping. The array of models available these days is a bit overwhelming. You can get everything from a magnifying glass to a saw on your knife. But the more toys attached to a knife, the heavier it gets. It comes very handy when you want to open cans!
Headlamp: A headlamp is the only light you’ll need beyond the fire. Its considerable output, will shine for up hours while the dimmer conserves energy when you’re reading or playing cards in the tent. It can also be hooked for hanging which is the best feature. So no more dark walks to the tent after lights out.
Before you head off remember to always tell someone of your plans: give details of where you’re going and when you expect to return and after your done remember to pack up all waste and take it back to the city for proper disposal.