When camping, there are so many things you can take to make the experience more pleasant and memorable. The only limits are your space/carry limit, electricity, and your imagination!
Here’s a guide on what you can bring when you go on your next outdoor adventure. We go over the basics, for the beginners among us, but we’ve also included optional items and other equipment that you may have forgotten last time.
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Here’s a quick rundown of the gear that everybody should bring with them when camping, for practicality and safety purposes. You can’t camp without these!
- The Tent: Naturally, you’ll need a tent that fits you and will survive in your chosen camping climate.
- Tent Pegs: They’ll come with your tent, so don’t worry about buying them!
- Sleeping Bags: To keep you warm and snug during the night.
- Pillow: Often forgotten but essential once you’ve felt how much of a difference they make.
- Camping Stove: So that you can cook meals and eat. Remember to bring the right fuel, too.
- Utensils & Pans: What else were you going to cook with?
- Cutlery: To move and eat your food.
- Water Carrier: So that you make fewer trips to the local water source.
- Torch/Lantern: For some lighting in your camp at night. Bring extra batteries, too.
- Chairs: Portable, foldable camping chairs that you can lounge in.
- Trash Bags: To clean up after yourself and keep the camp clutter-free.
- Medication: If you or your campmates require medication, you need to bring them on your trip so you can keep up with prescriptions.
- First Aid Kit: A small travel kit packed with first aid equipment for various medical emergencies.
- Sun Cream: To keep the sun from burning your skin. Remember that it’s possible to burn even when the sun is obscured.
- Anti-Bacterial Gel: For cleaning hands and treating potential wounds on the trail.
- Toilet Roll: For obvious reasons. Can also be used for cleaning up other messes.
Now that you’ve got the essentials down, let’s take a look at the extra things you can take to make the experience even better.
- Tent Footprint: A padded floor that will fit into your tent and add some support.
- Tent Carpet: A hard-wearing carpet that can act as yet another layer between you and the ground, making it even more comfortable.
- Tent Porch: An added porch that’s often bought separately, often made with netting for ventilation in warm weather.
- Tent Windbreak: To allow yourselves some much-needed privacy.
- Camping Table: For everybody to gather around to eat, play card games, and do other communal activities.
- Camping Toilet: So that you don’t need to go too far from your camp.
- Electric Power Unit: Whether it’s a power bank, a unit, a leisure battery, or solar panels, you’ll need electricity if you’re bringing your phone and other electronics.
- Extra Fuel: For your camping stove, if you’re staying for a while.
- Can & Bottle Opener: To open canned food and bottled drinks.
- Lighter and/or Matches: If you need to start fires manually.
- Cleaning Equipment: To clean the camp stove and any cutlery on longer stays.
- Cloths: For wiping surfaces down and small-scale cleaning jobs.
- Kettle: To make tea, coffee, and other drinks that use hot water.
- Tableware: Plates/bowls for dining, often made from ceramic. They can make camp dining much fancier.
- Insect Repellent: When in certain climates, you’ll want insect repellent to keep insects away from your food or, even worse, your blood.
While they may not be essential, some tools will make camping much easier. Here are a few that you should consider bringing along.
- A Mallet: Handy for hammering tent pegs into hard ground and other jobs that require a little pressure.
- Swiss Army Knife: The classic multi-purpose knife equipped with other tools like a corkscrew, pliers, multiple blades, scissors, and flint.
- Duct Tape: Duct tape can do everything, so it’s obviously a handy addition to any campers’ arsenal.
- Debris Brush: A brush that you can use to brush away dry dirt and other debris from the trail.
- String: Strong but durable string that can be used as a washing line or to bind things together.
- Tent Repair Kit: A pre-packaged set of tools for repairing tent damage.