Time for an adventure…How about camping?
No, we’re not talking Bear Grylls style. How about something a little bit less intimidating.
Last year the number of people who went camping in the USA amounted to 46.95 million.
Camping styles can vary dramatically, from backpacking in the wild with the bare essentials, to “glamping” with an abundance of luxury items at your fingertips. Or maybe just something in-between.
Which essential camping gear will you need for your trip?
Surviving the Vacation
According to research, there are seven basic survival needs of the body:
In order to survive your camping trip, fulfilling these seven basic needs are essential.
Air — Well, there will be a lot of that around! But what about the other six?
Read on to find out!
Food and Water
Food and water are obviously essential! The length of your trip will determine how much you need to bring.
Choose food that’s easy to prepare or takes no preparation at all.
If you’ve set up camp on a campsite, they will most likely have water available. But if you’re off the beaten track somewhere, you’ll need to get clean water somehow.
A mini water filter is a great tool. Another option is water treatment tablets to clean the water.
Don’t forget you need utensils to carry your food and water around. Take a water jug, some lightweight dishes and a small pot for cooking.
If you’re camped next to your vehicle, you could even bring a few other convenient items, such as a camping stove and a cooler!
Shelter and Sleeping
Tarps are always handy to have. They can be used to sit on, or to protect the bottom of your tent, or even used as a separate shelter.
Whatever kind of shelter you decide on, whether it’s a tent, camper van or trailer, be sure it’s waterproof and keeps you safe from the elements.
A sleeping bag is needed to keep you warm, as camping can be cold at night.
Again, if your vehicle is nearby, a blowup bed or a fold out camp bed can make your camping experience a lot more comfortable!
Health and Safety
On a camping trip, there’s always someone who gets hurt! Make sure to have a first aid kit on hand to help.
Insect repellent is a must! Those nasty mozzie bites can make your vacation one of nightmares.
Sunblock is also needed to keep your trip comfortable. You’ll have a very difficult night in your sleeping bag if you’re burnt to a crisp.
Camping doesn’t need to mean “dirty.” Take toiletries, including a toothbrush, soap, toilet paper, hairbrush and a washcloth.
If you can fit it in, take a towel, especially if there is a nearby river or lake to have a quick dip in!
When you’re braving the elements in the wild, you need to be prepared for all types of weather.
The weather can change at the drop of a hat. This means you have to take suitable clothes for all weather, from sunshine to rain.
Other Useful Tools
Take a utility knife with you. So many useful tools all in one pocket-sized item.
Don’t forget a flashlight, either. Even if you’re hooked up to electricity at a campsite, be prepared for a power failure. Or those trips out to the “outdoor toilet” in the night!
A rope is another essential. You could use it for hanging out your clothes, or to make a shelter.
What is a camping trip without a fire? No, you don’t need to bang rocks together. Make sure to bring matches or a lighter.
Always have an ever reliable map and compass, just in case your GPS is out of range…or battery.
Camping Gear 101
Sounds like a lot of stuff doesn’t it? How can you carry all your camping gear around?
One awesome way is using a teardrop trailer. Once you’ve had the experience, you’ll never want to go camping any other way!
Check out our models and let us know what you think.