You are camping with friends and the weather is pleasant, the sky is blue, and you all want to take a break from the pavement. You will most likely be at one of those campsites that offer half-pads for sleeping so you don’t want dirt, sand, or rocks getting in your way – but what do you bring? If you are camping with friends, it might just be pretty easy. But if you’re going solo, this list is still applicable! Whether it’s a short stay or an extended trip (such as an entire summer), below are some ideas that could make your time more enjoyable while giving yourself something to remember.
1. Bring a tent
No matter how long you’re camping for, it’s best to bring ice and some blankets to keep yourself comfortable. Then, pick a tent that suits your needs. Bring one that can fit all of you. Choose a tent with low ground clearance (if there is any at the campsite). This can be extra handy if you have pets along with you and they may find their way into your tent while trying to get out.
2. Choose the right sleeping bag
A sleeping bag is one of the most important pieces of equipment in any camping trip because it will keep you warm when it’s cold at night and hot during the day. Just ask any camper and they’ll tell you all about the importance of a good sleeping bag. The most important thing you should know is that it’s better to have a sleeping bag one or two degrees larger than what you think because sleeping bags can shrink if it’s cold at night. By bringing a full-sized sleeping bag, you can always use your own blanket to wrap around yourself or even just use it as a pillow.
3. Take extra batteries
No matter how long your camping trip is, make sure you bring extra batteries no matter what you’re using them for – flashlights, phone chargers, and camera chargers are some examples. You never know when it may be handy to have extra batteries around.
4. Get some firewood
If you’re camping near a forest, try to find some wooden logs that you can use for a campfire once your fire goes out. Be careful about what kind of wood you buy as in many places; different kinds of wood may cause different kinds of fires for different reasons.
5. Bring glow sticks
Glow sticks are fun to have around at any time. They can make great party decorations and even help keep you entertained on a long trip with friends by illuminating the night sky with the color they glow in.
6. Bring a hatchet
You’d be surprised by how many times a good hatchet can come in handy. If you’re in the middle of setting up camp, it can help you with raking and cutting more firewood to start your fire. It’s also useful for building a campfire platform or cutting branches for your tent on cloudy days when you may be susceptible to rain or dew.
7. Bring toilet paper
You’re probably not very used to camping if you don’t bring toilet paper along with you at all times. Usually, toilet paper is the first thing that goes when you’re camping because most people think it’s trash. But if you bring some yourself, you’ll be able to help your friends out and save some time. In case they didn’t bring any along with them, you can also use it as a makeshift bandage if needed.
8. Bring sunscreen
Try to make sure there is a little bit of sunscreen left in your bag when you head out on your trip. Even though it’s sunny most of the time, many times there are storms that may hit depending on where you’re camping at and what season it is. Apply sunscreen as soon as you see the sun, even if it’s just a short trip and you can have a little fun in the woods or beach, it’s better to be prepared than to regret being unprepared. You can also use sunscreen as an alternative clothing if you have nothing else to wear when things get dirty or wet.
9. Bring flashlights
If you’re camping during the night time and don’t want to use a flashlight while setting up camp, try to find flashlights that allow you to control how bright they are so that they won’t bother other people sleeping nearby who might want some rest. It’s also good to bring flashlights with no batteries in them and some extra ones for when your candles die out.
10. Bring a camera
Who doesn’t like taking pictures? If you’re going camping with friends, make sure you bring a camera so that you can share the fun and memorable moments from your trip together. You can also take pictures of your surroundings if it’s something you’ve never seen or visited before to always look back on if it’s something you want to remember.
11. Bring books
Camping is a great way to spend time with friends whether it be just around the campfire or exploring around in the woods as well. Reading a good book by yourself is a great way to keep yourself entertained, but if you’re camping with friends, reading together can be even better. Take some time away from playing and have fun as a couple.
12. Bring podcasts
Camping is repetitive and boring most of the time. So why not bring something that will put you in a good mood? Listen to campfire stories or talk about important issues that are out of everyone’s view by listening to a podcast while sitting around the campfire or just walking around in the woods after dark. It can also be nice to listen to some music on your phone while camping just for company at night.
13. Bring money
Camping can be expensive depending on the area you go and what you’re using to make your campfire in. Be sure to bring some cash with you if you want to keep yourself safe and make sure there’s something for everyone at the end of your trip.
14. Bring waterproof matches
You don’t always want to carry around matches just for firewood, but sometimes it’s necessary. When buying matches, try to find those that are waterproof so that they can work outdoors no matter how wet it is or how hot it is outside.
15. Leave room for food
As mentioned before, camping can be very costly depending on the area you’re camping in – especially if you’re bringing your own food and wood. Make sure there’s room in your bag for all the extra food you may need. Bring an extra bag just in case as well to store extra food as well as toiletries. Similarly, make sure to bring enough space in your bags for all the things that you need – food, toiletries, drinks, paper goods, etc.
16. Bring a small first aid kit
You can never be too prepared for any situation. So be sure to bring some extra bandages, gauze, and any other useful things you could use for an emergency. It’s also good to remember that if you’re in the middle of nowhere with no one else around, you might need this more than ever.
17. Bring a house or car key
If you plan on bringing your own car or living near a campground while camping, bring a spare key and just in case something happens to keep you away from your car and home, be prepared to use it to get back home safely and quickly.
18. Bring a map
It may be good to have one along just in case you’re lost and can’t find your way back to camp. Even if you aren’t too far away, as long as you don’t get lost, it’s a good idea to always find your way back home.
19. Bring fishing supplies
If you plan on going fishing for your food or just for fun, make sure that there’s room in your bag for all the things that you need when fishing. Bring some hooks and fishing line along with some bait if necessary or bring an extra bag if the space is already filled with other things.
20. Bring a magnifying glass
If you plan on going hiking, there are some small things you can bring along with you to keep yourself and your friends entertained. Bring a magnifying glass along with you so that your friends can take a look at bugs and other plants up close. It’s also useful for helping them find something in the woods that they may have dropped or lost.
21. Bring a pocket knife
A pocket knife can be useful in many ways. Whether you want to clean fish or make a fire, a pocket knife can come in handy.
22. Bring a selfie stick
Selfie sticks are very useful for taking selfies with people and especially yourself. Depending on what selfie stick you choose, make sure that it extends sufficiently long so that you won’t miss out on the photo opportunity. It’s also good to bring along some extra Batteries just in case the original ones run out after using them often enough during your trip while taking selfies with your friends.
23. Bring a water filter
While there is water supplied in most campgrounds, you can never be too careful. So, make sure to bring your own water filter along to always drink fresh and healthy bottled or filtered water.
24. Bring a blow dryer
One of the disadvantages of camping is that you can’t just stay in your tent all day long. You have to get up at some point and go outside. But it can get cold outside, and you don’t want to freeze while you’re outside. A blow dryer is a good way to keep yourself warm while still being able to stay in your tent without freezing up.
25. Bring some playing cards
Anyone who has ever been camping knows that there is downtime between hanging out around the campfire. This time is a great opportunity to bring your friends together in a fun way and play some cards. There are many different kinds of card games you can choose from, but make sure there are enough cards for everyone to play or bring along with you extra packs of cards as well so that no one will be left out of the game. It’s also fun because you’re spending time together while doing something fun at the same time.
26. Bring some snacks
If you plan on bringing snacks along with you on your camping trip, make sure that there’s wiggle room in your bag for the extra stuff. It’s also good to bring snacks for everyone since everyone will be needing their favorite treat at some point during the trip.
27. Bring a camera
Whether you want to take pictures or simply capture memories with your friends and family, a camera is a great way to do that. You can take pictures of yourself and your friends in the woods with your camera or even capture the memories from inside your tent. There are many different cameras on the market that are specifically made for camping. Depending on what type of video quality you want, there are several options that cater just for camping trips.
28. Pack a handkerchief
Many people know that when they are camping, they lose some of their sleep due to the fact that there is no air conditioning in their tents. But if you tend to sweat, it can be very uncomfortable to you even though you’re inside your tent. This can be dangerous if you happen to have an irritation or inflammation on your skin because of your sweat. So, pack a small handkerchief along with your snacks and towels so that you can dry off whenever needed.
29. Bring an extra pair of shoes
For those of us who tend to get back aches or feel pain in our feet easily, it’s a good idea to bring a pair of shoes with you so that if your feet hurt throughout the trip, you can always change into another pair instead of walking around barefoot all the time.
30. Bring a solar charger
Taking pictures of your friends and family is a great way to make the most out of your trip. But it can get tiring when you’re in the middle of nowhere and lugging around your camera battery for too long. So, pack a solar charger along with your camera so that you don’t have to worry about running out of battery life while taking pictures throughout the trip.
31. Bring extra batteries
Batteries drain fast when you’re constantly using them as part of your camping gear. Make sure to bring extra batteries so that you won’t have to worry about running out while taking pictures or during the night time while using flashlights and other lights with your flashlight.
32. Bring extra blankets
If you’re going to be sleeping outside, you’re bound to get cold at least a few times during the trip. Depending on how long your trip will be, you may need extra blankets to keep yourself warm and comfortable.
33. Bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer
Toilet paper can sometimes be hard to find in the woods while hand sanitizer is essential since you’ll be camping together with many other people. You may not mind using the same water around camp if everyone else does and it’s also used for drinking and washing dishes, but hand sanitizer is used every day when out in the woods so it’s a great thing to bring along without fail.
34. Bring scrap paper
While you’re camping, you don’t want to take the same rolled up shirt or other clothing as yours back to your tent because if it got dirty during your trip it may not look good when you’re going to washed it after the trip is over. So instead of packing an extra shirt that you’re going to throw away after you get home, bring scrap paper along with you. It can be used as a backup when your shirt gets dirty.
35. Bring a lantern
A lantern can come in handy in many situations. Whether it’s for hanging around the campfire so that everyone can see better or for taking pictures inside your tent or even for reading in bed at night, a lantern is a great addition to your camping gear supplies and will also come in handy during nighttime power outages as well.
Whether you’re going camping for the first time or you’ve been camping many times before, it’s important to be prepared for your trip. The more prepared you are for your trip, the more fun you’ll have and less stressful the camping will be. The items listed above can come in handy if you don’t mind bringing extra stuff with you so that they can make your trip a little more comfortable.
So, take note of all the things you can bring along with you when you’re camping and make sure to pack your extra things in your bag! Be prepared for your trip so that you can have a fun time at the same time.
If you’re going camping soon, try making an easy packing list for yourself so that you’ll be more prepared and know exactly what to take along with you.