Everyone has a basic checklist of the stuff that is obviously necessary for camping, such as: tent, sleeping bag, cooking tools, bug spray and so on. The basic items will always make it on the list. But the more camping you do, the more your checklist will evolve. You get better in your preparations, and you become adept at making your experience more satisfying out in the woods. Create a camping list that works for you and soon you’ll realize that you’re gradually adding on to your list without trying because it’s become second nature (pun intended) to you.
Camping Checklist For Beginners And Amateur Campers
You simply can’t go anywhere without shelter. I suggest investing on a waterproof tent to protect you from sudden changes in the weather. If you’re camping with family, make sure your tent can accommodate the number of people with you in camp.
2. Sleeping Bag
Make sure to check the temperature ratings on your sleeping bag — especially if you’re camping during the cold seasons. Get a good, comfortable night’s sleep by having enough warmth to get you through the night.
3. Sleeping Pad
Sleeping pads help insulate you from the cold ground. There are a few options to choose from, such as the close-cell foam pad and the inflatable pads that are very compact and less bulky.
4. Folding Camp Chair
Think about sitting by the campfire after a nice dinner with your family. Some new camp chairs are very lightweight, durable, and very easy to set up. You can opt to sit on the ground if you want, but that’s not nearly as comfortable as a chair, especially in cold weather.
5. Camp Lighting
Every camp needs lighting early in the night for many reasons. You need light to help you prepare dinner and basically for you to be able to move about in the dark. Emergency situations definitely need sufficient lighting as well. Plus, light keeps pests away from your campsite.
Flashlights are very useful when you have to go farther from the campsite in the dark night. It’s also a great help in emergency situations, which is why every person in camp should have their own flashlight.
7. Camp Stove
Everybody needs a good meal after setting up camp for a good night’s rest. Invest in a reliable and durable camp stove on which you can boil water for coffee and cook food after the long day’s activities.
8. Matches or Lighter
You’ll be needing something to start a fire for cooking or for building your campfire. Waterproof matches are available in camping stores. I also recommend bringing a lighter as an extra fire starting device just in case.
9. Cooking Pot
An aluminum pot is a good investment for cooking. Aluminum is lightweight, affordable, and is a good conductor of heat. Secure a pot big enough to cook food for the number of people with you in camp.
10. Camping Table
With your food prepared and your folding chairs all set up, you need a table to gather around so you can start to chow down. This simply adds up to convenience when camping with the family. It’s also very useful when getting food ready for cooking.
You can place an ice block at the bottom of your cooler for everything to stay cold longer. From there, put your other items, such as beer (priorities!), milk, and other things you need to keep cold. Just imagine yourself relaxing with a cold beer under the moonlight…. Mmmmm… beer…
12. Water and Water Bottle
No one can live without water. There are durable plastic water bottles you can buy at any grocery store or outdoor retailer, though I prefer stainless steel water bottles because you can also use those to boil water. This is extremely useful when you want to pack light.
13. Hiking Shoes
Choose boots that provide good support for you in order to prevent injuries. Your comfort on the trail is also key for a great hike, therefore, pick a footwear that has breathable materials and is a good fit.
Camping can be tough enough without battling the elements. A good jacket is there to protect you from the cold and rain. Look for a jacket that’s lightweight and equipped with the basics. I like jackets with pockets that are able to be closed up nicely and securely, so that you have even more storage space on you.
15. Camp Hat
Camp hats are useful to protect yourself from the heat of the sun, or when it gets nice and chilly out in the fall. Rain hats are also available for when it’s pouring. Wear one and cover it under the hood of your jacket.
16. First Aid Kit
Never embark on a camping trip without at least a basic first aid kit. Unwanted emergency situations need immediate attention. Don’t assume everything will go smoothly in the outdoors. Snake bites, falls, sunburns, and dehydration are all common accidents involved in camping. Having a first aid kit can save you a lot of trouble and danger on your outdoor excursions.
17. Insect Repellent
Mosquitoes are very common in the outdoors, and you do not want to be dealing with them all night. Be prepared and have something to get rid of them. You can even make your own natural insect repellent for your next camping trips.
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This list should help you get through the whole camping trip with you or your family. There are items that may have been missed, but the point is to allow your own camping checklist to evolve. Make it a habit of monitoring your gear list every time you hit the outdoors and you’ll notice how you will get good at it.
Is there anything you want to add on this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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