Essential Camping Gear

Camping can be the perfect opportunity to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and forget about your day-to-day worries. In order to have an enjoyable experience, though, you’ll need to ensure you have all of the essential camping gear. While you may already have some of them, chances are there are important supplies that you will either overlook or are simply unaware of.

Camp Site

Camp Site—srikanth jandy (Flickr.com)

Temporary housing.

Undoubtedly, one of the most important camping equipment is a tent suited for your specific needs. Although, with so many different types and models available, it can be difficult to make up your mind on a certain one. The first thing you should do is determine how many people will possibly be sharing this tent with you. If you’re bringing the kids or a group of friends along, you’ll may want to consider using a family cabin tent. These are typically much taller and larger than a standard dome tent, and most of them come with at least two entrances, making it easy for several people to enter and exit. Some family cabin tents come with room dividers as well.

A good night’s sleep.

When it comes to camping, the more comfortable your sleeping arrangement is, the better, and the right sleeping bag can make a world of difference in this area. There are a few different things you should look for in a good sleeping bag but the most important is the temperature rating. This rating will give you an idea as to how well it’s going to keep you warm. If you’re camping outdoors in the winter, you’ll want one with a lower temperature rating.

On the other hand, if it’s spring or summer, a higher rating will likely serve you better. If you’re going camping with your spouse, you may want to consider using a double sleeping bag. These are generally much warmer, as you’re generating the body heat of two individuals instead of one.

To really live like a king on your camping trip, you should consider bringing along an air mattress. You can place it inside your tent and lay your sleeping bag across it for extra comfort. Something you may not know is that by using an air mattress, you’re going to be roughly 15 to 20 degrees warmer since you’re off the ground. If the space in your tent permits, I recommend using a king-size air mattress.

Lighting up the campsite.

Camp lantern, Camp

Camp lantern, Camp—uosɐɾ McArthur (Flickr.com)

Of course there’s always going to be the need for lighting when it comes to camping.  Lanterns and flashlights are two essential items which I can’t go camping without.

When it comes to lighting the inside of the tent an option is the LED battery operated tent lights. These lights throw off a lot of light and save on battery usage. Some have a magnet that hangs the light so you can have a light anywhere on your tent wall.

 

Keeping warm

Depending on where you’re going camping and the time year it is, the interior of your tent is likely to get cold during the night. Tent heaters can help warm the interior of your tent by emitting heat through the use of a small propane tank. Trust me, these can make a world of difference when the temperature begins to drop below freezing.

Preparing meals.

Aside from the supplies required to stay warm and comfortable, you’ll also need something to store your food in and to cook your food with. Coolers are the choice of most campers for keeping perishables cold.  Some campers bring along a small fridge to their campsite.  Cooking can be accomplished with a basic fire, but using a propane stove is much easier and quicker.

Bringing along these essential camping gear will allow you to kick back, relax, and stay comfortable on your outing. Take the time to go through your gear and locate the supplies that make your trip more of a vacation and less of a hassle.

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