Whether you’re going camping to get some one-on-one time with nature, to save money while traveling, or as a fun getaway with friends around a campfire, there are certain things that are going to make your trip safer, easier, and more enjoyable.
1. Water and Snacks
While you might not think bringing an entire cooler full of food is necessary, you are going to want the essentials. In the event of an emergency and you get separated from your group or suffer from an injury, having snacks and water are going to make the situation much better if you need to wait for help. Such a minor preparation can make a world of difference with Mother Nature.
2. Solar Charger
Even if you’re camping solely to disconnect from the world and don’t want to have your iPad or iPhone, having a wireless device is another crucial element in an emergency. Solar chargers are an incredibly handy item to invest in if you are an avid camper, or if you just want to be able to Instagram a group photo around a fire. You know who you are. Whatever the reasoning, a solar charger will come in handy.
3. Air Mattress and Pillows
Seasoned campers may find these items unnecessary, but if you’re camping as part of a road trip, getting a good night’s sleep so you can continue along your journey is incredibly important. Having an air mattress and pillows will also eliminate the aches and pains from sleeping on the ground, which will make any outdoor activities like hiking much easier to do.
4. Toiletries and Emergency Essentials
While some may go as far as bringing shampoo and makeup, sometimes the basics are all you need. If you are considering what to bring in this category, you may want to focus on pain reliever (especially if there is going to be alcohol involved) and other first aid items, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, and maybe a hairbrush and hair ties for activities. Otherwise, camping is meant to be a little rough around the edges. Bring what will make you feel clean and comfortable and leave the rest at home.
5. Trash Bags
Most of the time, camping is an activity for those looking to be outdoors and appreciate the land around them. There is nothing more disrespectful to Mother Nature or those who will be camping after you, than to leave a big pile of garbage. Be respectful of the area you’ve been given and clean up after yourself so everyone can enjoy the space.
6. Toilet Paper
It might seem silly, but toilet paper is almost always the number one item that people forget on a camping trip. And there is nothing more upsetting than realizing that in a moment of need. Awkward. Stash a few rolls in your car before heading out. Your friends will thank you.
7. Flash Light
Whether it’s to look for some more wood for the dying campfire, or to find your way out in the event of an emergency, you will need a flashlight more than you think you will. Even if you only have one, bring it. But it’s recommended that you bring a few just in case one malfunctions.
For many, camping is a tradition in the summer months a time to create long lasting memories. But, camping can also easily take a turn for the worst, especially if you are in a very remote location. Do your best to prepare to ensure a safe and happy time for everyone. Happy Trails!
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