Fresh air to inhale, beautiful scenery to relish and wide open space to breathe and move.
Folks this is not a daydream — just a normal camping endeavor. Camping is an activity that is very well suited for our mental and physical well-being. It is even more beneficial and convenient during the recent global scenario where we need to practice social distancing. Even if we choose a campground for a camping trip where people are nearby there is plenty of space between you and your neighbors. Which is why a lot of Americans are packing their cars to venture into the great outdoors.
However a camping trip doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your creature comforts to enjoy a memorable time in the nature. This is where mindfully packing for your camping trip becomes essential. If you are beginner it is even more important that you must have all the camping essentials to enjoy a memorable time in the nature.
So let’s take a look at the camping essentials, as a beginner with what you will need.
Camping essentials can be divided into “must have” and “nice to have” items. Must haves such as tents and beddings are some of the things you cannot go without. On the contrary, nice to have items add the element of luxury to your camping trip.
Well if you search the internet for camping essential for beginners you will come across a plethora of options to choose and select from which can only be overwhelming. To avoid this confusion it is best to first decide where you are going and analyze the weather and environmental conditions of that place. If you are going to a campground or open space your camping essentials would be different.
Moreover, keep the weather forecast in mind. If it’s going to get cold you will need more warm clothing and bedding as compared to a fairly sunny weather.
A tent for camping is a safe haven that feels like a home in the outdoors. If it is snow or rain in the forecast it will keep you warm, dry and safe from insects.
While selecting a tent the two biggest factors to keep in mind are how big you want your tent to be and the weather of the place. When it comes to weather, a three season tent is a safe choice and you can choose its capacity according to your needs. If you want to keep the interior nice and dry you can buy a tent that comes with a footprint but if your tent doesn’t have a footprint you can use a tarp.
Make sure that the tent you selected is waterproof and it has proper rain fly, quality stakes to ensure your comfort and safety.
Sleep is the most necessary element to rejuvenate your body after a long and tiring day of hiking and outdoor activities. Sleep related problems are one of the biggest worries for first time campers. So for beginners, the sleeping arsenal must contain sleeping bags and sleeping mat.
Sleeping bags come in variety of shapes and sizes. You can select a bag that has enough room for you to roll over so that you can enjoy a restful sleep. Don’t forget to buy at temperature proficient and lightweight sleeping bag as it would not only be easy to carry but also let’s you enjoy a warm and cozy sleep. In this regard you can buy 3 season and for added comfort.
Apart from sleeping bags another no compromise camping essential is a sleeping mat. Sleeping mat or a sleeping pad gives you a mattress like feeling while you sleep. It is always advisable to buy a quality sleeping mat that has extra padding so that it can shield you from the uneven ground as well as the cold.
It’s a known fact that camping is incomplete if you have not prepared a meal outdoors. In fact, one of the most exciting part of camping is to prepare and enjoy open-air meals. Since we are talking about beginner level campers it will be best to pack small kitchen gadgets and prefer disposable utensils over silverware to minimize cleaning and carrying burden.
Before packing the kitchen essentials make a list of the meals you have in mind that you want to prepare during camping. According to this list you can take along different kitchen essentials.
However, generally you will require a
One of the most troublesome things for new campers is the problems that the face during the dark. In the wilderness night or darkness is very different from what we observe in the city that is full of lights. Therefore some sort of light source is a basic necessity that lets you to easily move around and do your chores in the dark.
There are two options, either you can use a headlamp or a battery-powered lantern. Both are equally good and perform just fine. The only difference is that headlamps keeps your hand free and you can easily use your hands for nature’s call, scrambling over the rocks or while you are eating. However lanterns are also very good option as you can just hang them at one place and they will glow the area around them. So the choice is up to you what you like the best.
It is very common to experience some sort of pain, strain, sting or even cuts during camping. Therefore you should pack a variety of first aid supplies. You can make your own first aid kit and add the items that you want. It depends upon the time you will spend while you’re camping and how many people are going with you. If you decide to take your dog or cat (of course if they both love the outdoors) they too will need a first-aid travel kit for pets as well. You can pack different pain killers, anti-inflammatories, gels, plasters and bandages.
Just like the first aid kit, don’t forget to pack your personal hygiene items that are equally important. You can have a small size bag that can contain your
Drinking water is a basic requirement and even if the camping ground advertises that they offer clean drinking water it is still better to have your on water stored with you. If you are camping with your family bring drinking water according to the needs of your family.
Many campers believe that a lightweight camp chair or chair kit is worth carrying the extra weight. You can use a variety of options such as chair used at tailgate parties or those made with some breathable material or a mesh. These chairs often come with a built-in cup holder that adds to the comfort level.
Some companies also offer collapsible aluminium plus fabric chairs that only weigh 7-13 ounces.
During camping you are often exposed to direct sunlight and variety of bugs. Therefore to avoid your skin from burning you should always wear sunblock even if the forecast for the day is cloudy. Depending upon the season, you will experience a variety of bugs in the wilderness.
If you want the bugs away from you I suggest investing into buying either
Pillow is luxury and it’s up to you if you want to bring a pillow with you or not. For some people sleeping without a pillow is impossible so they can use inflatable camping pillows. If you can carry extra weight you can bring your own favorite from home.
Other than these camping essentials, it is important to dress properly and pack clothing and footwear according to the season. If you are camping during the winter, it would be wise to pack extra layers of clothing to keep yourself warm. Don’t forget to pack an extra pair of socks to keep your feet clean and warm.
This here is a cover of everything that you will need during your camping trip. Don’t waste your time carrying and worrying about extra luggage. Therefore pack smart and only bring the bare essentials because the purpose of camping is to enjoy and relax.