Camping is a great way to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be prepared. There are some essential things that you must carry with you when camping to ensure your safety and comfort while having fun outdoors!
If this is your first time going camping, it’s important to plan ahead. You should always have some tools on hand – either make sure they’re packed in your car or backpack before setting out for the day. Preparing yourself beforehand can save a lot of hassle later on because most items require less work if they’re already assembled when you get there.
What is a survival kit?
A survival kit is a collection of items that will help you survive in the event you find yourself lost or stranded, far from home. It should contain supplies to treat any injuries you might have and also enable you to start a fire and purify water. One of the most important things that any knife enthusiast will love is a good blade that can work as a food preparation tool and a weapon. The chances are you won’t need to use it for defense any time soon, but it does provide you with a sense of security either way.
What should I carry in a survival kit?
Seven items should be included in every survival kit: matches (in a waterproof case), lighter, flint and steel, compass, wire saw, paracord bracelet with a firestarter, and knife. But don’t forget about including other essentials like food! If you plan to be out for the day, bring a lunch in a pack with water. If you are camping overnight, you will need to have much more food. Be sure to bring high-energy foods like granola bars, nuts, and dried fruits.
If you’re planning on cooking meals over an open fire, don’t forget about bringing additional cooking gear! You’ll need a pot to boil water, cook pasta or fry up some bacon. Bring some utensils like plates, forks, and knives.
What should I bring on day trips?
On day trips you’ll need more food, pack meals that maximize the benefit of their weight in terms of calories per ounce. Sandwiches are great because you can put them in plastic bags to prevent the bread from getting soggy. If you are bringing along other essential items, try packing your food in a stuff sack inside of your backpack.
What should I bring on overnight trips?
Make sure you pack more than one change of clothing and footwear for each person because it’s likely that you’ll get dirty at some point and you won’t want to be stuck with just your smelly sleeping bag clothing! Pack a few extra pairs of socks – they absorb moisture and help cut down on odor.
First aid and allergy medication
There is always a chance of an accident so it is good to be prepared. Pack a first-aid kit and make sure you include any allergy medications like Benadryl or EpiPen if needed. If you are camping in an area with poisonous plants, check ahead of time with your doctor to see if anyone needs an anti-venom medication. Also, include a list of allergies that you or those in your party have.
Insect repellent and sunscreen
Insects can be quite bothersome so it’s a good idea to bring insect repellent with DEET for people who are sensitive to other chemicals. The amount of DEET needed will depend on the length of your trip and location. If you have a baby or young child, bring a natural insect repellent made from ingredients like citronella to apply on their skin. Sunscreen is also a necessity – even if it’s wintertime!
Leave no trace
Tread lightly and make sure you pack out all of your trash. If you brought a utensil to cook with, use it. Don’t leave it behind for someone else who might come after you! Check ahead of time to see if there are any fire restrictions in the area where you will be camping. If you are camping in a state park, make sure to ask the ranger if you can have a fire or if there is no open flame allowed.
Camping is a great way to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be prepared. There are some essential things that you must carry with you when camping in order to ensure your safety and comfort while having fun outdoors. Always make a to-do list when preparing and double-check it before you head out into the great outdoors to see if you missed anything.