Heading out on a camping trip can be a great way to get away from technology and into nature, at least for a day or two. It can be pretty miserable, though, if you don’t have the right gear with you. Here are some tips on picking out the perfect items to bring with you on your next camping trip.
Sleeping bag: Insulation is key when it comes to your sleeping bag. If you’re facing freezing temperatures, you’ll do best with a mummy-style bag that helps lock in your warmth. Down sleeping bags often provide the best protection against wind and cold, so you stay comfortable and get the rest you need. Pay attention to the temperature rating and choose the best bag for you depending on the type of weather you expect on your camping trips.
Jackets: You don’t have to rely on just one jacket to meet your needs during the whole trip. You’ll want to pack a water-repellent jacket in case you get caught in the rain, or even just a light shell to put on over whatever else you’re wearing.
GPS: Particularly if you have never been to a camping area before, it never hurts to bring along a pocket GPS, you’ll be connected in case you get lost. Some GPS units even offer the capability to send messages, which is perfect if you’re in an emergency situation.
Cooking equipment: Whether you’re car camping or heading out on an extended backpacking trip, you need to be able to prepare your own food, invest in a portable camping stove to help you get meals together wherever you are. And of course, don’t forget your dishes and can opener!
Backpack: When you’re camping away from your car, you’ll want a good backpack to get your gear to your campsite. Rugged camping backpacks come in many sizes for different lengths of trips, and they often have hip belts to provide added support so you don’t strain your back. Look for a pack with a good frame and straps for carrying in larger gear and supplies.
Tents: Any camper should have a multi-seasonal tent with a rain cover and enough space to sleep two or three people. Remember that rain will force you to bring your gear inside too, so it helps to have a tent built for more people than are on the trip.
Having enough camping gear is important, especially if you’ll be hiking a long way to your campsite. Carefully choosing each item you pack in helps you get to your site and set up with everything you need. The you can just relax and enjoy your trip!