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What To Pack For Camping
Swapping the hustle and bustle of daily life for a campfire and sleeping under the stars? Yes please.
Whether you’re embarking on some hardcore hiking or just pitching a tent in the backyard, camping safety tips are universal. No matter how you experience the great outdoors, you can make your adventure more enjoyable by flexing your camping skills.
The best part about camping? You don’t need much to escape into the wilderness. Once you’ve packed your tent, sleeping bag, food and water, pull together these other essentials:
First aid kit. Your first aid kit and preparation is going to be your first line of protection. Stay prepared with:
- Anti-septic wipes
- Antibacterial ointment
- Gauze and first-aid tape
- Aspirin/pain-relief medicine
- Anti-itch cream
- A first-aid guide
Bug repellant and sunblock. Keep yourself itch and burn free. You’ll enjoy the trip a lot more!
Matches or a lighter. Without a campfire you have nowhere to tell scary stories, so pack your fire starters and brush up on your fire building skills. In addition, that fire is going to keep you warmer and can help others find you if they need to.
A knife or multi-tool. There will always be something to cut—ropes, fishing line, food—you’ll be happy you have your knife with you.
Flashlight or headlamp. Once the sun goes down, your flashlight will keep you on the right path. And if you use a headlamp, you can still have your hands free to toast s’mores!
Once you’re set with the necessities, decide what to bring to make your trip even better. The only limits are what you want to carry!
Camp stove and cookware. Expands your menu of cooking options and makes the process easier and more efficient.
Back-up batteries and chargers. Keep your flashlights, cell phones and cameras powered up, so you never miss that perfect picture.
Deck of cards. A camping trip is never complete without a hotly contested game of spoons or slap jack. (Perfect for a rainy day stuck in the tent, too!)
Camp chairs and TV trays. Who says dinner in the wilderness can’t be five-star dining experience?
Hammock. Perfect for dozing off in the afternoon, or finally picking up the book you’ve been meaning to read. Bring extra ropes to secure it in case you can’t find trees close enough together.