Camping is a lot of fun but it requires some essential goodies to make it fun and safe. There are so many things that you can forget once you start packing the camping gear. We made an essentials list of things you absolutely need to take with you. Pack them all into a crate or box and make sure it gets in the car first.
First Aid Kit – This is an absolute must-have because someone will inevitably get a scratch, bump, burn, or cut. Have all the essentials like anti-bacterial ointment, band-aids, burn patches, basic pain medication, etc.
Rope – This is one of the handiest items you can have. You can do so much with rope from making a clothes’ line to pulling someone’s car out of the mud – you need a rope.
Matches – You will definitely need some fire. Matches will ensure that you have a warm fire at night, a place to cook food, and it can even be used to light camping lights.
Flashlights – Yes, that’s plural. Take at least two or three flashlights and batteries. This will ensure that you always have a working one. You will need this when you need to visit the bathroom, go on night hikes, etc.
Maps and a compass – This may seem old school but you may not get a signal for your cell phone GPS at the camping site. To make sure you can get around without getting too lost, have a compass and map of the area.
Tarps – Another very handy item. You can use them to create extra shelter or a tent or they can protect the bottom of your tent. They can also be used to create a general area where you don’t have to sit on the ground.
Pocket Knife – This is a multi-tool knife or Swiss Army Knife that can do almost anything. It is the perfect thing for camping and takes up almost no space.
With these items packed, you are practically ready to go. Always remember to take clothes for all types of weather and enough blankets. Happy camping!