Living in the good old outdoors is enlightening and always memorable! However, you won’t have the comforts of your house, apartment, or trailer-which means- you’ll have to do some planning. While you’re packing up your car or yelling at your amigos to get it together, skim over this list to make sure you’ve got the items I promise you don’t want to forget while camping.
1.Map & Compass
If you live in the area or have ever been camping before, you know the service is not reliable. GPS on your phone and in your car is a brilliant way to travel, until there is no signal. Bring a map so you can get from point A to point B and do all of the adventurous activities you have planned. Bring a compass along as well-because what’s the use of map if you can’t tell North from South.
2.First aid kit
We’d all like to believe we can make it through a weekend unharmed but let’s be realistic, accidents happen. Whether you scrape your knee or slice your finger you’ll be prepared. Hey now, don’t get too wild, a first aid kit can’t mend everything!
In the midst of packing for a weekend long trip, sunscreen can easily be forgotten. A bad burn can dampen the weekend and even a slight burn can be outright uncomfortable when sleeping outdoors. If you’re someone who finds sunscreen to be a hassle, then try the spray on kind. However, failing to rub in spray sunblock could result in a blotchy burn-don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
4. Rain Gear
An experienced camper will never travel without his or her rain gear. A rain jacket, rain boots, and umbrella could save the weekend. Don’t rely on a forecast that reads sunshine all week because you know what they say, you can’t predict the weather. Trying to pack light? Bring a poncho!
Speaking of rain, bring a tarp to protect your tent from a downpour by laying it out on the bottom or hanging it from the top of your tent. If it rains, you’re gonna want one!
6.Duct Tape & Rope
Just as you can’t predict the weather, you can’t predict the future – for the most part. Duct tape and rope take up little room in a bag and have numerous uses. A little duct tape can patch up a hole in your tent letting in killer mosquitoes. Try draping rope from one tree to another and use as a line to dry wet clothes. The list goes on and on….
Most campsites should have water spigots, Lander’s does! However, trust me, you don’t want to bend over and drink from the nozzle every time you’re parched. Bring reusable water bottles, water jugs, or whatever you can scrounge to fill because staying hydrated is important!
Smoke from the fire may keep some of those bugs at bay, but watch out for those killer mosquitoes. Bug spray can make or break a camping trip in my opinion. It’s no fun trying to simultaneously itch all over and paddle down the rapids. However, at the end of the day – even with a fire and a frightening amount of bug spray – you’re likely to end up with at least one bug bite, hopefully there is calamine lotion in that first aid kit!
Pocket knives have all sorts of handy uses- all the way from preparing dinner to hanging your tarp and clothesline. If you have the fancy kind, it may have a bottle opener and a nail clipper too!
10. Bottle Opener
If your pocket knife doesn’t have one, make sure you pack a bottle opener to get the party started! Throw in a deck of cards for some easy drinking games, who likes Kings?
Lastly, don’t forget to have fun. If you forget anything, don’t sweat it, it’s just camping and you can always hit up a nearby store. The memories you make will be unforgettable, we’d love for you to share them with us!