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Camping Supplies You Should Never Forget to Bring? When packing for camping it can get very stressful, you have to remember everything you need to bring, and a lot of the time things are left behind, and usually, it isn’t detrimental to the trip.
There are some things that can be though and it could be bad if you forgot them. Here are some camping supplies you should never forget to bring. Make sure these items are some of the first things on your checklist because you aren’t going to want to forget them.
Camping Supplies You Should Never Forget to Bring
If you do not create a camping checklist, you are just about lost before you ever leave home. There are so many things to remember to take that you will surely forget something that is crucial to the trip. There are so many advantages of making a checklist when you are planning a camping trip that it would be hard to do without it.
To start, you can sit down with pen and paper and think about what you will need during your camping trip. You can also do this on your computer and print off duplicates so you will have a future reference. It is difficult to make a list for anyone but your own needs. This article will address the basics.
First and foremost, never ever forget a first aid kit! Whether it is one you bought or one that you’ve put together yourself and if you don’t have one go and buy one or make one.
It is crucial you have this with you while camping because you never know what can happen to you or anyone else while you’re out camping and if something very serious were to happen then you’d have what you need in a first aid kit to hold whoever is hurt off until you can reach a hospital.
Remember you are in the wilderness, most likely quite far from a hospital and phone service. It is good to always be prepared.
This is important in the case of an emergency, like if you were to be stranded or lost. Now you could just bring a box of matches you bought from the store but the best thing to do is to take a Tupperware container that seals nicely and glue a piece of sandpaper to the lid.
This way you can fill the Tupperware container full of matches and it will be waterproof (unlike the cardboard box they come in) and sandpaper is a great striking strip if it gets wet just dry it off or wait for it to dry.
Being that you are camping, especially if you are in an area that is just out in the wilderness and not a campsite with other people. Then a compass is highly recommended to have on you.
This way if you decide to go for a hike and get lost or you simply cannot find your way back home from where you are camping then you can use the compass to navigate you. It is better to be safe than sorry, you never know when you may be in a situation you need one.
Always pack some rope, this is another item that you may never know when you are going to need to use it but it is just better to be safe than sorry. You can use it to hang out wet clothes to dry, pull someone out of a situation on a hike or swimming, or you may need it to create a shelter. You just never know, just make sure you pack it on your next camping trip, you may be surprised.
If you are tenting, you will need air mattresses, blankets or sleeping bags, pillows, and maybe some foam, depending on how comfortable you want to be. You will also need a floor cover to place your air mattress on. Now that the bedding is taken care of, you can move on to other needs.
Food and drink are another consideration for your list of camping supplies. Even though you have a fair idea of what you want to take, write it down on your checklist. It is very easy to forget the ketchup or mustard or some other food that will add to your eating enjoyment.
If you want your meats to stay fresh, you will require a cooler and some ice packs. Add to your list by thinking of what pots and pans you will need. While thinking of this, think of how you are going to cook your food?
You will also need some type of cooking stove and propane to make it work. You will need some type of dishes and glasses, whether they are paper plates or real ones; add them to your list along with cutlery. Do not forget a can opener. Small things like this tend to get left at home without a list.
Your next thoughts should be aimed at your personal needs, such as clothing, shoes, warm clothing for cool evenings, and toiletries. Itemize each thing regardless of how insignificant or obvious it is. You will not be a happy camper if the toilet paper or paper towel gets left behind. All you have to do is imagine your days there, and step by step, go through your routine.
Place on your list any accessories you want to take along for exploring and activities such as bikes, swimming gear, fishing tackle, Frisbee, balls, or anything you want to enjoy on your camping trip. Take some games for evenings and rainy days.
Write down lawn chairs and lounges, a piece of rope to make a clothesline, clothespins, a tablecloth, and a spreadsheet that you can place on your tent for an awning. The list goes on. The only way to be sure you have all you need is to start planning your trip well ahead of the day you leave.
Yes, packing for a camping trip can be stressful, and adding things to the list that are crucial to have can make it even more stressful because you have to remember to bring them, but these are just a couple of camping supplies you should never forget to bring with you on your camping trips.
Just remember while you are packing this next time to have these things at the top of your list so they are not forgotten, even if you think they aren’t going to be useful, you never know what you will get into out there. Do you bring any of these items on your camping trips? Are there any you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!
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