Isn’t it nice to lie down, look up and watch the stars at night? And what’s more exciting is to camp out and watch the night sky unfold before your eyes.
Aside from the basics, you might consider packing other “essentials” for your coming weekend adventures, such as a fluffy pillow and a stargazing chair.
If it’s your first time going on a camping trip, this checklist is for you. It will help you prepare your ultimate camper’s pack for a comfy night under the constellations and stars.
Toiletries and First Aid Kit
The first thing to have in your pack is your toiletries. Of course, you won’t be carrying your entire bathroom, except your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo. You can also throw in some deodorant, lotion and hand sanitiser in a small bottle to keep all your toiletries handy.
You should also have a small first aid kit so you can patch yourselves up if the need arises.
Here are the other things you need to bring for camping:
Baby wipes (good for quick cleanups)
Prescription medications and emergency call-out numbers
Basics and Sleeping Gear
When camping, you can use something as simple as a cotton blanket. A pad or mattress topper will do if it gets cold during the night. Some people choose to bring a sleeping bag. If you will have a long weekend, then you may opt to bring a tent.
You should also pack the following items:
- Small lantern
- Tent lights
- Sleeping bag
- Camping chairs
- Fan/solar-powered battery fan
Other things to bring:
- inflatable pillow
- Sleeping bag liner
- Duct Tape
Children will also require toiletries and other essentials like an extra change of clothes, wipes, and diapers. If you are taking very young kids, you may want to bring a small tent or a blanket. Some may want to bring a change in sleeping gear. Kids will also want to bring their comfort toys and a flashlight.
Here are some other things that your children need for camping:
- Right clothing (short and long sleeves shirt, jacket, pants and shorts, boots for hiking, etc.)
- Bug spray
- Sun hat
- Fold-up chairs
- Reusable water bottle
- Whistle, whistle necklace or band for children
- Cat's claw for rescue
- Bandana for head cover
- Chafing-sleeves or baby powder for chafing
Bear Country Essentials
Food, water and toiletries are not the only essential things you need to bring when camping. You also need to come prepared to encounter wild animals.
If you will be travelling near a bear habitat, you should bring your bear spray. This is a canister that uses a strong chemical spray to repel bears. It comes in handy when you need to scare off a bear that’s charging at you.
Here are other important items you need to bring if you're hiking and camping in a bear country.
- Cameras with long zoom and flash
- Sleeping gear (for sleepover)
- Extending shower wand and mirror with suction cups
- Toiletries and towel
- Cleaning supplies
- Cooking essentials
- Portable gas stove
Now that you have a checklist of essential camping items, you can now pack and enjoy the great outdoors.
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