Camping is fun and makes holidays more enjoyable. It is a way of escaping the busy life in the city and experiencing the beauty of nature. You will need to have some camping essentials to make your trip comfortable. Here are some things you should never forget when planning and going for camping.
First Aid Kit
Safety is paramount for every camping adventure. Always remember to carry a first aid kit. A safety kit is essential because accidents can occur without warning. Before heading out for camping, check the first aid kit and ensure it has all the necessities in sufficient stock. Some of the things inside include gauze, scissors, wipes, antiseptic, medicines, hydrogen peroxide, saline solution, scalpel, sterile eye dressing, disposable sterile gloves, painkillers, antihistamine drugs, among others. Check the medicine and other supplies for expiry date.
The tent is an essential camping necessity. Even though you may have a cabin to stay on, you may still want to experience sleeping outdoors. The camping tent needs to provide sufficient shelter. You need a waterproof tent and a tarp to put on. A wet tent can ruin your camping trip. Ensure you select a lightweight tent that is easy to assemble. When camping as a group, make sure the tent can accommodate the number of people in your camp. Alternatively, you can erect several tents. Pack everything you need to set up your tent; stakes, ropes, and hammers.
You need to pack several kinds of clothing. If swimming is part of your camping activities, then pack your swimming gear. Rainwear is also necessary. Always expect rainy weather. A good rainwear will save you from discomfort in case it rains. Some warm clothes will protect you from the cold weather especially at night. Carry enough clothing; shirts, shoes, hiking boots, hat/cap, gloves, jacket, socks, and underwear. Your clothing will depend on the weather of your campsite.
Cooking is a great part of camping, and you do not want to eat raw food. Carry some fire sticks and fire paste. These are also handy for starting campfires. Carry along a propane camp stove with at least two burners. With the stove, you need a propane tank and an extra tank just in case you exhaust the first one. Carry an axe if you wish to use firewood. However, you may not find wood if it is raining or the trees are green. Wet wood will not burn well yet produce a lot of smoke. Do not forget to carry utensils (plates, pans, aluminum foil, cups, etc.) When you pack food remember to focus on non-perishables that can remain fresh for long. You can also carry a cooler with plenty of ice to ensure your food remains fresh.
You need to maintain hygiene, especially with utensils. Bring sponges for cleaning, dishwashing soap, paper towel. Pack a plastic bag to hold your kitchen waste for later disposal.
You need light for the night activities as well as security. You can carry a lantern or flashlight. You do not want to bump around objects while finding your way in the dark. Check the lamp fuel cylinder and bring enough batteries for your flashlights.
Even though you are outdoors, your body still needs comfortable and sufficient rest. Pack a good sleeping bag and sleeping pads. An inflatable mattress may come in handy in protecting your back against the hard ground. It also insulates your body against the cold ground surface. Concerning temperature, make sure you purchase a sleeping with a rating well above the low nighttime temperatures of your camping site. Staying warm is essential.
You still need to stay groomed and fresh while camping. Pack towels, toothbrush, comb, lotions, and soap. Do not forget toothpaste and any other personal items that may affect your comfort.