The right supplies can make or break your next camping trip. There are two basic camping trips: the day trip and the overnight trip (no matter how many nights). Having the right supplies and being prepared will make all the difference when it comes to your next camping trip.
You can find most of these supplies at your local outdoor recreation store or sporting goods store. You can also find online at Amazon and similar retailers. But before you can begin shopping, you need to decide on what you need.
There is so much camping gear out there being marketed, and it can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re new, trying to figure out what you need and what you can skip. And no one needs ALL of the stuff that’s out there. It would be too much to lug around with you all the time anyway. So let’s take a look at some camping supply secrets to help you determine what supplies and camping gear you need and what you can leave behind.
What Do You Need?
The first thing that you should pick up is your tent. For any overnight camping trips, you’re going to need a place to sleep that protects you from the elements, weather, insects, etc. Even for backyard camping, most people like to have a tent to make the experience more comfortable.
There are many different types of tents, so it pays to do a bit of research and understand what tents are available and which ones best meet your needs. The exception will be if you have some expert help to guide you through the process.
After your tent, you need sleeping bags or blankets, pillows unless you opt out of having one, and you will need food and water, and tools for cooking and preparing your meals. You may want a water filtration system as well (unless you’re camping in a place that offers direct, clean water sources from plumbing).
Take campfire wood with you unless you plan to purchase wood on the way to your camping area or at the campground. Do some research ahead of time when camping in state parks to know what is allowed and if firewood is available on-site. You may also want to bring something for kindling to help get your fires started.
Camping Supply Must-Haves
In addition to the above items, you will want to bring camping furniture like folding chairs so that you have a place to sit and relax. This also helps reduce the damage done to the natural environment while you are camping. Camping furniture is easily folded and put back away when not in use.
You need to bring extra trash bags since they don’t take up a lot of space. It’s better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have enough. You can also bring pre-moistened cleansing wipes.
These are great for hands, face, and even small spills made around camp. Water and soap will not be as readily available as your sink at home, so this will come in handy time and time again.
You will want a small bin or bucket for washing clothes and a tub for washing dishes, and you will want towels for your bodies and towels or paper towels for drying dishes after they have been washed so they can be put away immediately.
The more efficient you are while camping, the fewer supplies you will need. It pays to take the time beforehand to create a plan for everyday tasks like sleeping, bathing, cooking, eating, and cleanup. Then, make a list of supplies needed and check off the list as you are packing to ensure you have everything. Camping isn’t the time to “just wing it.”
Some other supplies that may help you include:
- A utility knife
- A compass
- Waterproof lighter and matches
- Extra flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Sunscreen and bug repellent
- Extra clothes for layering
- Emergency survival kit
- Games and entertainment
- Fishing poles
With these camping supply secrets, you can ensure you are fully prepared for your next camping trip. You and your family or your camping buddies will have so much more fun when you come prepared and with the right supplies. Enjoy!