The things you need for camping may vary based upon the campground you are headed to. Flashlights, spare batteries and water are all fundamental things that should always be on your camping checklist, but what you need to obtain water, as well as a host of other things, can be strongly influenced by campsite location. Some campsites are loaded with amenities, while others are completely remote. Some campgrounds are inundated with bears, while others are swamped in mosquitos. Since no two campgrounds are the same, it’s important to do a little research before you start checking things off your camping equipment checklist.
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What Do You Really Need For Camping?
No one wants to be ‘that person,’ you know the one that brings their entire house camping. Pro campers see you coming from a mile away with your top-heavy vehicle, overloaded with stuff that’ll prove completely useless–you’ll see. But let me tell you, it can be far worse/scarier to find yourself underprepared.
What you need for camping is almost completely based upon where you are going and what season it is. The following questions can help you decide what to pack based upon the destination you are going to.
#1. What sort of access to water will you have?
Are you heading to a campground outfitted with hoses and water fountains? Or is the only source of water near the campground naturally flowing rivers and streams? What you need for camping varies based on how you plan to source your water. For instance, if you plan to collect water from a local river you’ll need to bring a fire starter or some way to boil the water clean.
#2. What is the weather like at your destination?
Make sure to read up on the weather so that you know what you’re getting into. No matter what the forecast predicts you should still always bring sunscreen, rain gear, moisture-wicking clothes (leave your cotton at home), and thick waterproof boots. You just never know what the weather will throw your way, but this ensures you’re prepared for it all.
Even if the days are warm, the nights can get really chilly. Make sure you have an insulated sleeping bag, warm PJs and long underwear to help keep out the cold. Place a thick pad beneath your sleeping bag for added warmth and comfort.
#3. What bugs reside at the campground you are going to?
Different campgrounds have different bugs, for instance some have more mosquitoes while others have more poisonous spiders. You’ll want to come prepared so you don’t turn into a human buffet for bugs, or ignore the warning signs of a potentially fatal bite. No matter where you are going, make sure to bring plenty of bug spray!
#4. What big animals reside at the campground you are going to?
Bug bites suck but getting bit by a bear would suck a whole lot more. Research local wildlife wherever you are camping so that you can take all of the necessary precautions to prevent a negative encounter. For instance, if there are bears in the area you’ll need to keep all of your food up high. Bears don’t usually attack people, but they might come wandering into your tent in the night if they smell food in there.
#5. Is the campground equipped with bathrooms?
Some campgrounds include bathrooms, but for the most part you are on your own when you have to go #1 or #2. The one thing no camper ever brings enough of? Toilet paper! Make sure to bring plenty of TP, like more than you think you need. You’ll thank yourself later.
#6. How do you plan to transport your entire camping equipment list?
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