What to pack for a camping trip
So here is a handy reminder of all the essential and optional items you might want to take with you to avoid being caught short.
The most obvious ones are also the most important ones. So start by packing a tent, a tarp and an appropriate sleeping bag. For added comfort, you could take a pillow and a duvet. You should also think about camping equipment and accessories. A mens waterproof jackets or fleece coats can be a great accessory to ensure you keep warm.
You can’t survive without food and water so stock up on supplies. Take plenty of bottled water and be sure to take a number of varied food options, some of which can be prepared in advance to allow you to spend more of your trip relaxing and getting in touch with nature.
To prepare the food you will need a good camping stove and perhaps a small camping barbeque. Don’t forget cutlery and crockery and, most importantly, a can opener. There is little more frustrating than unpacking a can of food and then hunting around for a can opener that you forgot to pack.
If you have room, you might like to consider taking a collapsible table for comfortable eating as well as some camping chairs.
Take a variety of appropriate clothes, depending on the season, and always pack some rain gear, like a cagoule or some wellington boots.
In the interests of safety and always being prepared for any occurrence, you should carry a first aid kit when on a camping trip. You never know what scrapes or injuries you might pick up, so it is always better to be happy in the knowledge that you could deal with any minor injuries.
Other essential items include torches (and plenty of replacement batteries) and a good quality knife. Have a compass to hand or, if you prefer mod cons, you can carry a GPS with you. Whatever you decide to use, you can’t do without a trusty map - some basic map-reading skills will get you out of a jam. Before you set off, make sure you are comfortable using your compass or GPS; you don’t want to be learning as you go along.
Remember that a camping trip is a holiday, so you need to have some way of entertaining yourself if you are not out seeing the countryside or once the sun has gone down. Take a good book (which you can read using a handy head-torch), some games if travelling with children and a deck of cards.
Consider hygiene when packing for a camping trip. Of course you’ll need a toothbrush and toothpaste, some shower gel and shampoo and a towel. You should also take some anti-bacterial hand gel and bug spray. And don’t forget one of the most necessary, but most often overlooked items, toilet paper.
There are of course other items that you might want to take with you, but pack all of these things and you will be prepared for almost anything.