For most urban dwellers – the urge to take out a day from their busy schedules and getting out of the city to camp amidst nature’s full glory can seize the imagination at any time, and during such moments of contemplation, there should be no road blocks that stump your flow of energy and present the activity as a cumbersome task.
This can be true if you’re camping for the first time! The process of finding the right gear and the prep required to carry out the camping plan can seem a little daunting. But sweat no more, because we got you covered!
Look no further from our carefully written pointers that tactfully explain every camping essential to carry for a camp-out. This list is sure to benefit beginners and pros alike.
Tent: If you’re willing to splurge a little, then go big with your tent!
Sleeping pad: A good sleeping pad is like the mattress on a bed but fitted with high-tech insulation that prevents your body from losing heat on cold surfaces. While the big air mattresses you sleep on at home, might look temptingly lush, their lack of insulation will leave you feeling cold, especially when camping in cold weather. The insulation value (known as the R-value) can be a determining factor when comparing sleeping pads. Always look for one which is thicker, longer or wider, and has a higher R-value — if you prefer to be more comfortable and warmer
Lighting: Since most campsites lack sources of illumination, you will be better equipped by carrying your own light source.
Stove:A classic two-burner propane camp stove is an ideal instrument to carry as you do not have to spend a fortune on its purchase, and it can be used to cook breakfast and to prepare your morning brew simultaneously. But
Cooler: A camping essential to store perishables and keep liquids cool.
Pots, plates, cups and sporks: Make sure to carry all essentials for food prep and consumption like pots, plates, cups and sporks from your home kitchen, just do not bring your fine china.
Camp Chairs: These are useful when your campsite provides a picnic table to sit around and enjoy a warm meal, or the chairs can be simply perched in a comfy spot to revel in some downtime around a campfire. For camping in wetter climate, mesh camp chairs are ideal as they let water drain easily and can also dry quickly if left out in the rain or morning dew.
Getting dirty is part of having fun while camping! But avoid wearing clothing that is bound to make you uncomfortable. Consider the following qualities when purchasing clothes for camping:
Wicking: Important in a base layer, or any clothing that touches the skin. Fabric with this ability can pull moisture (sweat) away from the body and move it to the fabric’s outer surface, where it can dry quickly. So, you can break a sweat without feeling damp or chilled.
Insulating: Important in a mid-layer as it has the ability to keep you warm. This type of clothing does not actually generate heat but is efficient at holding in the heat that the body produces
Waterproof and windproof: Important in an outer layer because the fabric can prevent the inner layers of clothing from saturating with rain water or chilling you when wind whisks away the heat produced by your body.
Breathable: Important quality in all layers, especially when the inner layers do not breathe collectively, and inefficiently dry the perspiration wicked off your skin, getting you soaked by your own sweat.
Sun protection: Clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating will protect the skin against the sun’s damaging UV rays, which can be beneficial for any hiker and any environment.
TOILETRIES FOR CAMPING
This can include prescription medications, hygiene items, bandages, sunscreen, and insect repellents from home.
You can pack all these items in a separate first-aid kit that can provide comprehensive supplies in a neat, handy and compact case.
PLANNING YOUR MEALS
Always be mindful that simple prep is better when camping outdoors. You can do a basic meal plan, that includes a simple dinner, breakfast, and lunch, depending on the number of days to plan to camp out.
Choose to pack boxed or canned entrees and side dishes, fresh food, plenty of snacks, and maybe fixings for s’mores if you plan to revel around the campfire.
For caffeine lovers, there are several options that range from instant coffee or tea bags to a stovetop percolator or teakettle that can give you your caffeine fix.
Remember to always seal up every food item in a large bin – anytime you’re away from camp, and keep it locked in your vehicle at night. Do not leave food or garbage in the open overnight, nor unattended, as critters that hang around campgrounds can raid the food and spoil it.
When deciding where to camp, the enthusiasm can be endless, and reserving your campground well in advance can be beneficial. You can find private campgrounds in several online sites, or through a simple Google Maps search.Of you are unable to book a campground, months in advance, a viable option can be campgrounds that are open on a first-come, first-served basis, but remember to check with the campground authorities on the best time to show up in order to secure a perfect site.
Unless you wish to have a fully immersive experience in the wilderness, avoid dispersed camping with no facilities or primitive sites with pit toilets. You’ll be more comfortable in a developed campground with flush toilets, running water, and treated water coming out of a spigot.