All set for the great escape from the city to Camp Woody? Before you crack your neck and set out for your adventure, make sure you have packed you ransack properly. Camping is a thrilling and adventurous experience. And to enjoy it to the fullest, one must have a well-prepared list of camping essentials for all kinds of essentials. And worry not, we are going to go through the most important ones and why you need them.
The Ten Essentials first appeared in the third edition of Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills as a list of survival items recommended by hiking and scouting organizations for safe travel in the backcountry. It included:
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Extra clothing
- Headlamp (or flashlight)
- Extra food
# Maps and Compass
Mobile phones have GPS services and other navigation tools. But you won’t get the desired network while camping in forests. It is a necessity to carry a map and a compass at all times. You can also use offline maps in your mobile. But then again, it is not advised as mobile phones are not a good companion while camping.
Never go camping without at least 10 meters of rope. The rope is an extremely useful tool and also an important safety equipment. Make a clothesline for wet garments, hang your coolers from a branch at night, create a shelter or tow people out of a tight situation on a hike or swim. Always, always HAVE A ROPE while camping.
# Extra clothing
You don’t know when you may need an extra shirt or a pair of pants. The weather is unpredictable and can change at the drop of a dime, leaving you stuck in the rain or huddling around your campfire. With an extra set of clothes, you won’t have to worry about sudden weather changes; you can swap out wet clothes for dry ones or layer during a cold front.
# First-aid supplies
Burns, scratches, cuts or bumps—one of these is bound to happen on an active camping trip, making a first-aid kit one of the most important camping essentials you could bring. Don’t arrive at your campsite without it, and be sure to take it on your excursions, as well.
# Matches and fire starters
Butane lighter and matches in a waterproof container are super important because could get cold anytime or you can get hungry and you are stuck only with raw food. All you need are these to set up a campfire.
# Pocket Knife
It is commonly known as a Swiss Army Knife. They can be extremely useful for different tasks. It has a range of knives and files to cut ropes, plants etc. Most importantly, this tool is a camping essential that takes up almost no space in your bags. With a knife, corkscrew saw, small scissors and more, you’ll have a variety of camping essentials in an easy to pack, compact size.
# Extra food
Always keep some protein bars, biscuits or chips because they can help cure your fatigue and huger when camping or trekking. Peanut butter is the best choice due to its longer shelf life.
So don’t forget to pack properly. The atmosphere is unpredictable and the situation can get out of hand really fast. Be prepared for anything and stay safe. Finally, remember; enjoy every moment of it.