Preparing a camping checklist is essential if you want to spend the night outdoors. You can end up overpacking but leave out the essentials. Before you go ahead and customize your camping equipment according to your needs, read ahead and see if you have the things that you absolutely can’t do without:
First aid kit
Cuts, bruises, scratches, burns, sprains, blisters – at least one of these is bound to happen during a camping trip that doesn’t just involve you setting up a tent in your backyard. Make sure to carry a first aid kit to combat any injury or medical emergency.
Unless you’re a caveman or an eagle scout, you’ll need a flame source to start a campfire. From cooking, to providing heat, to driving away bugs, to gathering in a circle around it to tell stories, campfires are the hearth away from home. Don’t forget to carry enough matches. And in case the camping site is damp, douse some cotton wool with wax and wrap it in tin foil so that you cut a small hole in it and use it to light a fire that lasts a bit longer.
Learn to tie a variety of knots with rope. You can make a clothesline, hang food from branches to keep it out of the reach of animals, tow, hike or even tie hammocks to trees.
An inflatable tent
If you don’t want to setup a tent the old fashioned way, get an inflatable tent with an airpump to make things easier.
Swiss army knife
Be it a screwdriver, fish scaler, blades, scissors, metal file and saw, can opener, corkscrew, plier or a wire cutter, a swiss army knife has a tool for every possible job. Its so compact that you can carry it around in your pocket and you don’t have to worry about leaving an essential tool behind. Get one and keep it with your first aid kit.
An absolute essential for the woods after dark or if its raining, an easily reachable battery operated flashlight will make things a whole lot easier for you.
An absolute essential if you want to sleep outdoors, a sleeping bag provides insulation, padding and is water resistant (to protect against windchill). Make sure you have a tarp to spread on moist ground before you cocoon yourself.
Yes, you have GPS on your phone and car. But most remote spots don’t have network access and if you disappear or stray far from your group, a compass and a map are always handy.
Soaps, toilet paper and trash bags are things you absolutely can’t do without. Apart from personal convenience, it helps keep your camping site clean and makes it easy for other visitors.
Plan beforehand, keep your essentials readily available and camp safe.