The Ultimate Camping Checklist: Items You Should Never Leave Without
Camping is a great way to get out of the house, clear your mind and get in touch with nature. However, if you haven’t prepared for your trip properly- your camping stay will feel less like a vacation and more like a nightmare. Ensuring you’re properly packed by bringing the right outdoor clothing, first aid tools and camping gear is vital to your trip. Stay safe and make the most out of your trip with our ultimate camping checklist, which includes everything you need for a successful camping mission.
A Good Mattress
Sure, you’re not going to be able to bring your king-sized mattress to the wilderness- but that doesn’t mean you have to break your back in the name of living it rough. Bringing along a good air mattress means you might actually be able to get a good rest amongst the sounds of natural life. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll be able to drive away from your campsite without a stiff neck or back. Invest in a good quality air mattress that’s comfortable, but also able to fold down into a small package that’s appropriate for travelling and won’t take up too much valuable space.
First Aid Kit
In an ideal world, you’ll be able to complete your camping vacation without so much as a scratch. Realistically, you’re going to have to come prepared for anything. As you most likely won’t be able to easily access a hospital or even a pharmacy- it’s important you bring along a quality first aid kit. While it’s rare, accidents do happen, so it’s important to have the necessities on hand. A good first-aid kit should have band-aids, bandages, antibacterial ointment, a space blanket and any medication you think you might need (make sure to include an EpiPen if any of your campers have allergies).
A Mobile or Radio
It’s great to switch off from the outside world, but try not to be too drastic. You will need to have some way of contacting people on the off chance you end up in trouble. Check your camping site before heading off to see if you will have any reception. If you do, bring a fully charged mobile phone (or two) that you can leave in your bag for emergencies. If the site has no reception (as many of them won’t), bring an AM/FM radio so you can call out to emergency services that way. It’s great to cut yourself off from social media for a while, but don’t endanger yourself by taking it too seriously.
One of the biggest luxuries you can have at a campsite is a good quality chair. There will be numerous instances where you’ll need or want to have a seat, whether it’s relaxing after setting up your tent or sitting by the campfire at night. Save yourself from bargaining with your friends for a seat, or having to uncomfortably perch yourself on the ground by bringing comfortable camping chairs. If you want to be extra efficient, bring a couple- so you can help out that one person who definitely will forget to bring their own seat.
Lamps, Torches and Lights
It gets dark out there, so be prepared. Bringing as many sources of light as possible will not only make your trip easier, but it’s also a safety necessity. It’s recommendable that you bring multiple sources of light. Place some lamps around your campsite for visibility, use headlamps for moving around, and bring some torches in case you need to light up your specific surroundings. You can also use coloured lights and lamps to make your campsite easy to pick out from a distance, so you won’t have to wander around in the middle of the night wondering which area is yours.