Camping is a great way to get outdoors, get away from real-world responsibilities, and enjoy time with friends or family. The sunshine and fresh air will rejuvenate you and help you de-stress from a long week. Camping is also a great way to explore a new place. For the perfect camping trip, it’s important to remember to pack the essentials. Include these when you are packing for your next camping trip, and get ready to have a great time.
Hammock and Sleeping Bag
One of the best parts about camping is getting some sleep under the stars in the great outdoors. Stay warm and enjoy a great night of sleep in a sleeping bag and a hammock. The hammock will gently swing you to sleep, while the sleeping bag will keep you warm. If you are planning on camping in a place with a colder climate, check the sleeping bag’s temperature rating. Different sleeping bags are designed to withstand different temperatures. Bring one that is designed to keep the user warm in freezing temperatures if you are planning on camping in the winter. During the summer, a light sleeping bag or blanket will work well.
Nothing can ruin a camping trip faster than getting eaten alive by insects. Bring along insect repellent to keep the bugs and bug bites away. Insect repellent works with an ingredient known as DEET. The more DEET that an insect repellent contains, the better it will prevent bugs from attacking you. Make sure that your repellent is waterproof. Apply it to your skin and on top of your clothes, sleeping bag, and bedding to keep the bugs away all night long.
Many California campsites are in areas where wild animals dwell. These animals are a great way to educate children about the importance of conservation and taking care of the world. It’s important to keep them out of your campsite, however, to keep everyone safe. All of the food you bring should be kept in the vehicle or airtight containers. This will keep it fresh and prevent wild animals from being attracted to your campsite by preventing the smell of the food from leaking out.
One of the best parts of camping is enjoying delicious food cooked over a fire. This food must be kept at a very cold temperature to prevent bacteria from spreading and causing you and your loved ones to become ill. Invest in a high-quality cooler that will keep your food cold for several days. This can keep your food fresh and prevent you from having to go into town too often to get more ice. As a bonus, your cooler can help keep beverages cold to enjoy around the fire.
Lantern and Flashlights
Far away from the lights and bustle of the streets and the city, it can get incredibly dark once the sun goes down. Bring a lantern, flashlights, and plenty of extra batteries to help you navigate the outdoors once it grows dark. It’s a good rule of thumb to bring at least two flashlights per person and have one lantern for every tent, table, or outdoor structure. Bringing plenty of light can help keep everyone safe and will make the experience less scary for children.
While many campsites offer restrooms and showers, many places don’t. If you are planning on venturing to a remote campground, it’s a great idea to bring a portable toilet along with you. If your campground does offer a restroom, you should still plan on packing toiletries. Bring several rolls of toilet paper, wet wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. Setting up a washing area outside of the portable toilet is a great way to help everyone stay hygienic while camping. Simply put a water jug next to a bottle of biodegradable soap on a table or log. This makes it simple for everyone to wash their hands after using the restroom.
Whether you are used to roughing it or are a camping novice, these essential items are a necessity when it comes to going camping. Find a new place to explore, get packing, and get ready to enjoy your next outdoor camping adventure.