Are you Planning a Camping Adventure?
If you are, have you ever been on a camping adventure before? If this is your first time taking an extended camping vacation, you may be unsure as to what you should bring along with you. If that is the case, you are definitely not alone. Although a camping vacation can be fun and exciting, it can sometimes be stressful to plan. If you would like assistance with planning your next camping vacation, you will want to continue reading on.
When it comes to camping, you will find that you need to bring multiple items with you. These items often include items that are referred to as camping supplies and then items that are referred to as camping gear. In most cases, you will find that camping gear is used to describe pieces of equipment, whereas camping supplies are often used to describe food, health and beauty products, and so forth.
When it comes to camping supplies, like clothing and food, there are many individuals who automatically know what they need to bring. On the other hand, when it comes to camping gear or camping equipment, there are many individuals who are unsure as to what they really need to bring with them. Just a few of the many pieces of camping gear or camping equipment that you may want to bring with you on your next camping adventure are outlined below.
One of the most common pieces of camping gear that you will need to bring with you on your next camping vacation is a tent. Depending on who you are going camping with, you may even need to bring multiple camping tents with you. If you have yet to purchase a camping tent, you will want try and make sure that you purchase a tent or tents that are strong, sturdy, dependable, and waterproof. Even if you are planning on camping in a motor home, you may want to think about bringing a tent, just in case. Many motor home campers prefer spending at least one night in the open wilderness and you may too.
A sleeping bag is another piece of camping gear that you will want to make sure that you bring along with you. If you are camping with your family or your romantic partner, have enough sleeping bags to go around. Although you may assume that a light sleeping bag is good in the summertime, you may still want to think about bringing along a heavy style sleeping bag. These types of sleeping bags are good in case the weather suddenly turns cold.
In addition to brining a traditional sleeping bag with you, you may also want to think about bringing along a sleeping pad or an air mattress. If you will be camping in a traditional tent, you may find it somewhat uncomfortable. While many campsites have level ground, not all do. If you are concerned with how you will be able to sleep on your next camping adventure, you may want to buy a sleeping pad or an air mattress along with you, just to be on the safe side. With these items being relatively affordable, you really have nothing to lose by doing so.
With camping season right around the corner, you are sure to be planning the best camping trip ever with your family. In order to make it a great camping trip, you need to be sure that you have the gear you need for camping. We have created this great checklist for you to use, to be sure that you do not forget any camping essentials.
Cooking Essentials for Camping
- Can Opener
- Pots and Pans
- Ice Chest
- Paper Plates
- Plastic Eating Utensils
- Salt and Pepper
- Garbage Bags
Don’t Forget About Clean Up After Cooking
- Dish Soap
- Dish Towel
- Large Tub for Washing Up Cookware
Be sure that you plan meals that are easy. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and sandwiches are some of the easiest low maintenance camping meals that you will find.
Sleeping Essentials For Camping
- Sleeping Bags
- Extra Blankets If Needed
Personal Hygiene and Shower Essentials
- Wash Cloths
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Hair Brush and Hair Accessories
- Razor and Shaving Cream
- Toilet Paper
- Small Mirror
- T- Shirts
- Tennis Shoes
- Bug Spray
- First Aid Kit
- Fishing Gear
- Hunting Gear
- Oil Lamps
- Flash Lights
- Deck of Cards
- Screen Room
- Extra Batteries
- Cell Phone
- Battery Powered Fan
Camping is a lot of fun, and the more prepared you are, the better your trip will be. Be sure and print this list out so that you will not forget anything important for your camping trip.
When camping, it is important to take plenty of food and water to remain nourished. These items should be easy to store, easy to carry when out on the trail and easy to keep fresh. Non perishable and dried items are best to take, but perishable items can be used if you have access to a refrigerator or cooler that will maintain the cold for the duration of your trip.
There are specialty stores that carry food supplies specifically meant for camping. However, these items can be expensive. They usually consist of pre packaged food and meals that are freeze-dried. Often the food is bland and may not be as nutritious as a fresh meal.
With a little planning, however, it is possible to have nutritious, easy to prepare meals right from the grocery store. There are many foods that are light weight, easy to store and non perishable. Cereals, nuts, dried fruit and candy are great snacks and can be mixed for an energy boosting trail mix. All those ingredients are readily available in a grocery store and can be made up before leaving and stored in an airtight container. Adding some packets into your backpack will provide a healthy snack while on the trail.
Always bring plenty of water for hydration and cooking. Don’t forget you’ll also need water for cleaning dishes after cooking. You can also bring drink mixes and coffee or tea to mix with the water for a pick me up in the morning. Any foods that require simply adding water are great. Cup of soup packets where you just add some water and let it steep are great for a quick and easy warm meal or snack. They are great for cold weather to help keep warm.
Canned meats, meats that do not require refrigeration and canned vegetables are a good source of nutrition. Tuna fish and canned chicken can be used in numerous recipes. Making stews out of canned meats and canned vegetables will provide you a hearty meal that is easy to prepare and easy to clean. Salami does not need to be cooked and is great on crackers for a snack. Beef jerky is a traditional camping snack that will provide nutrition and boost energy while on the trail. Just remember though that if you take any canned goods to also bring a can opener.
For sweets, candy and dried fruits are excellent. But who can resist a traditional sweets? Marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers are lightweight and can be carried and stored with ease. Sitting down to a fire while roasting marshmallows and melting chocolate onto the graham cracker is a fun way to satisfy the sweet tooth.
Remember that when you are camping you will need to carry items with you on hikes and nature walks. Choose items that are lightweight and do not require a lot of cleaning. Bring a variety of meats, cheeses, breads, snacks and sweets. Camping is a temporary state and you should concentrate on ease of preparation and fun. Do not worry that you may not be getting the most balanced meal or gourmet food. There’s plenty of time for that at home.
Enjoy the campfire, keep your energy level up and have fun. And remember to leave a small footprint where ever you go and preserve our beautiful natural environments.