With summer approaching fast, you’ll want to check out this list: 50 Things To Bring Camping.
Most people that know me are shocked when they find out I camp. I might
like love my make-up, hair straightener, cute clothes, and showers, but I also LOVE camping. Maybe It’s because my Dad always took my brother and I camping, or the Girl Scout days camping as a troop, but every summer I look forward to camping. My favorite things include starting the campfire, making S’mores and exploring. I hate the bugs, though! And they know it!
Camping is so much fun as long as you plan ahead. It’s no fun sitting in a tent, when it’s raining, drenched because you forgot a tarp and a raincoat. So here’s my list of things you must pack for camping:
- Sleeping bags
- Air mattress: Don’t forget the pump and batteries for the pump
- Two large tarps: One for under your tent and one to tie above
- Flashlights: One for everyone in your party
- Extra batteries
- Bug repellent
- Citronella candle: Bugs are the worst part about camping
- Lighter/waterproof matches
- Fire starters: You won’t need to search for kindling
- Tablecloth: You’ll want this for all those dirty picnic tables
- Food: And don’t forgot the essentials to make s’mores
- Aluminum foil: To help with all your cooking needs
- Cooler: Filled with ice
- Paper plates and utensils
- Can opener
- Water bottles
- Fold up chairs
- First aid kit
- Antibacterial wipes/sanitizer
- Backpack: For hiking
- Tennis shoes/hiking boots
- Swim suits: If you’re going near a lake or beach
- Rope: for your clothesline
- Clothespins: To dry out and wet clothes you might have
- Utility knife
- Radio: So you can jam out, of course
- Compass: In case you get lost
- Sunglasses: Keep the sun out of your eyes
- Medicine/medications: Allergy medicine might come in handy
- Toiletries: Even though you’re camping you don’t wanna stink
- Garbage bags: This will be great for garbage, dirty clothes, wet clothes
- Warm clothes/layers: Night time can get a little chilly
- Camera: So you can document your memories
- Cell phone/charger
- Beach toys: In case there’s a beach/sand nearby
- Raincoats: You can never be too prepared
- Hammock: The kind that you can tie to trees
- Hats: Keep the sun out of your face and the dirt out of your hair
- Sunblock: Your already roughing it, you won’t want a sunburn
- Duct tape: You never know how this could come in handy
- Toilet paper: Self explanatory
- DIY hand washing station: water, bucket, paper towel, soap
- Whistles: These will help you locate your party or in case of emergency
- Calamine lotion: Will help with any bug bites
- Aloe vera: In case of a sunburn
- Card games, magazines, books: For down time and rainy days
Is there something crucial I’m missing that’s going to make my camping experience better? I need to know!! Leave your comments below!
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I take foam puzzle mats for tent floor. So you don’t feel rocks. I also put solar garden light at bathroom and tent. For middle of night trips.
Wasp spray for bears and if alone. Dishwasher pod container I use to prevent TP from smashing and velcro hand sanitizer to it.
Good list and suggestions!!
I keep a stack of ‘master lists’ so I can check off items for each trip.
**One for RV camping (includes dry goods, spices, cooking basic/essentials, spices, beverage pitcher, long cooking tongs, BBQ/oven mit, assorted size zip-lock bags for leftovers/snacks/TP to put in your pocket/ hand or tooshie-wipes/bar soap/ oral care items/to keep matches DRY/marinating/mixing hamburger with crumbs or seasonings/prepping food/and more!),
**AND One for tent-camping which includes more basic or rustic items, pie irons, dutch oven, spare roap, mallet for tent stakes, old towel for doormat inside of tent, good pocket knife that has a few necessary functions, and/or perhaps a box cutter knife also, manual can opener (there are TINY pocket-sized ones that work really well!),