In order to have a memorable and fun-filled camping vacation, there are some things you need to plan in advance, such as your camping equipment list, so you are prepared and packed for the best time of your life in the great outdoors! A short week-end camping break to the longer, fortnightly camp-out holiday, whatever you pick, there is special emphasis laid on doing the ‘once-over’ on all your camping equipment needs and then setting out so you are not stranded or at a loss when away from home.
When planning for the camping in the desired outdoors, a comprehensive research should be conducted on the target camping grounds. If it is an reputed and established campsite, then decide whether there are restrooms and tables for dining, or other amenities that the family can use as per requirement. If a more rustic environment is chosen, it is to be made sure to carry the extra materials and personal stuff that are needed.
This includes having destination information handy by calling in advance for campground reservations to learning about national holidays so you can ascertain area-knowledge beforehand. If keen on taking pets along, it is advisable to call and confirm the rules at the camp grounds and if you get a negative response, you may wish to locate kennel facilities instead.
Typically, when the matter of camping equipment comes to decide, most people include the following items in their checklist of basic camping equipment:
- A Tent
- A Ground sheet
- Tent poles and pegs
- Sleeping bags
- Backpacking stove and kettle
- Extra Blankets for colder nights
- Powerful Flashlight and a portable lamp
- Portable toilet
- Assorted camping cookware (skillets, pots and spoons, fork and knives)
- Insect Repellents
- Water Storage Containers to minimize having to frequently fetch water.
Condition of the Equipment
Besides the above checklist for essential camping equipment, there is scope for further addition of items if a more comprehensive outdoor experience is on the cards, especially for the more veteran camper, though this is just a guideline for the more forgetful lot of campers. Do check beforehand for your camping equipment being in good shape, especially the tent, because there’s nothing more disappointing than setting up camp and finding a tear on the top of it.
Refreshment and First Aid
While lots of modern day campsites have near-by convenience shops for daily needs, it’s recommended to depend on yourself and pack dry rations like tea, coffee, cool drinks and spray-dried milk besides some basic amount of tuck-treats (cookies and wafers are a good bet) to set the mood right after setting camp.
For those setting out with the family and kids, its vital to keep their entertainment needs in mind and pack along games and reading material, apart from the basic first-aid kit consisting of bandage, aspirins and antibacterial cream. Matches and paraffin are two other vital items in your camping equipment checklist if you’re packing a best ultralight backpacking stove and those spending considerable time outdoors (whatever the season) may wish to pack some sunscreen besides bath linen, soap and toothpaste to make the holiday fun and camping equipment checklist complete!