Now that we are moving towards the summer time again, a camping trip may be on your agenda. I spend most of my winter anticipating this time of the year. Camping is something that makes my life complete. Not only is it a great way to spend your weekend away from the bustling life in city, but it also gives you a lot of enjoyment with little costs.
Camping out in the wilderness, completely unplugged from the world, is a great way to relax and has a certain charm about it. However, getting lost in the wilderness without anyone around, isn’t fun for anyone – so, you might want to take with you at least one or two items to ensure your safety. From head torches, to a solar charger there are a variety of items you can pack that will make your trip enjoyable, while also keeping you safe and giving you peace of mind.
Here are 7 things you should always carry with you while camping.
Pack Of Matches
There’s no life – literally no life – without a pack of matches in the wilderness. Unless you’re a veteran boy scout or have years of survival training, matches are a must-have. When it comes to packing matches, I often carry them in bulk and so should you. Remember, carrying a fancy lighter is not the solution, they can often make it hard to light a fire in extreme weather conditions.
First Aid Kit
Scratches, burn or blisters – at least one of these is bound to happen on your next camping trip and that’s exactly when you miss your first aid kit more than your last fancy dinner at home. Some of the things that always come in handy during a camping trip are: Blister pads, Gauze pads, Elastic bandages, Moleskin, Q-tips, Antiseptic wipes, Mosquito spray, Antibiotic cream and Burn ointment, other than tools like scissors and tweezers. And yes, always use a zipper top plastic bag for your First Aid kit, as you don’t want your Band-Aids to turn soggy when you most need them.
I have a lot of experience hiking on trails and in the woods. What I can tell you, is that no matter where you are camping, you should always carry extra snacks. Energy bars are probably the best snack that you can pack. They are compact, versatile sources of vitamins, protein, and energy. You need to always pack a couple of energy bars when you are preparing your camping backpack.
Flashlight or Headlamp
Do you know what you’ll miss the most when you need to use the bathroom late at night or what you’ll want to have next to you when you feel an unexpected guest inside your tent? A working flashlight. Light isn’t easy to come by in the wilderness, so making sure you pack it is important. Don’t forget to bring spare batteries too!
A Pocket Knife
A pocket knife or better, a Swiss Army Knife is an important piece of your camping gear. With a knife, corkscrew, and small scissors, you can have a variety of camping essentials in an easy to pack, compact size. A Swiss Army Knife not only helps you peel the potatoes while cooking dinner, but it also gives you a great deal of confidence that you’re safe, despite being out in the wild.
Map and Compass
If there’s one item that keeps you from getting lost it is a map and compass. People often think they won’t need them and can remember the way back from the camping site. But when you’re camping in the woods, there’s every possibility of losing your sense of direction and ending up miles off course. A map and compass are your life line. Keep them with you at all times.
Books and Games
Camping is all about unplugging yourself from computers and cellphones. Enjoy the time to connect by playing simple card or board games. This gives you a chance to interact and still have that sense of domestication. In addition to cards or board games, try telling ghost stories, playing charades, or any other number of fun outdoor activities. This sense of fun will make the camping trip more memorable.
Now that you have your camping backpack ready to go, it’s time to get out in the wild! Enjoy your camping this summer and let us know any fun stories in the comments below!
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