- Shelter. There is something undeniably exciting about spending the night outdoors for the true adventurer. Depending on the type of location you are traveling to – whether it’s a high altitude hike in the mountains, or a laid back trek through a forest, you’ll want to consider the most appropriate shelter far in advance. One of the most common options is a tent; it provides respite from the elements, whether that includes wild animals, insects, precipitation, or simply the cool night air.An alternative shelter that is rapidly growing in popularity is the camping hammock. It is certainly an incredibly light option, usually weighing no more than a few ounces at most, in contrast to tents that can weigh up to several pounds. It’s important to remember that EVERY single ounce matters while camping, considering the amount of gear you’ll be carrying and the ground you’ll be covering during the day. Backpacking hammocks are also incredibly versatile, as you can set them up in nearly any environment without the concern of uneven ground. Hammocks can also be used for holding your supplies safely above the ground.
Along with shelter comes the requisite accessories – whether that’s sleeping bags, air mattresses, pillows, tarp, bug nets, etc. You want to be comfortable while resting, but remember to limit it down to the essentials.
- Food and Kitchen Supplies. Many major outdoor outlets will offer a whole selection of ultra light pots, pans, and utensils for you to bring on your camping trip. Your best bet is to choose a deep pot that can function for both sauteing and boiling food. You can bring a portable stove and/or a grill rack for cooking over the campfire. You’ll also want helpful items like resealable plastic bags, collapsible water containers, trash bags and coolers for containment purposes. Depending on how long your trip is, you’ll probably want a mix of both fresh and canned or freeze-dried foods. Most importantly, don’t forget to bring the marshmallows for the requisite and necessary campfire s’mores!
- Personal Items and Apparel. While it’s unrealistic to think camping is going to be exactly like staying in a five star hotel, there are still many travel-sized personal items you should and can bring with you. Some absolute necessities – toilet paper, bug spray, sunscreen, a first aid kit, hand sanitizer and a toiletry kit are always a good place to start. Don’t forget any prescription medications you might need while traveling.You also cannot estimate the importance of proper apparel; it can have a direct and
serious impact on your safety if you come unprepared. Quick-drying pants or underwear can be very helpful if you are expecting rainfall. Bring extra warm, insulated sleepwear; even if you are traveling in warm climates, the temperature can drop dramatically at night.
It can be difficult to remember the many items you’ll need before going on your trip, but if you can remember these three types of gear, you should be all set and ready to have the best camping experience possible.