Making a Camping Checklist
Camping in the great outdoors can be an amazing experience. You can escape from your everyday life, get out of your house or apartment and leave behind your normal routine. Maybe you want to do a long backpacking trip deep into the wilderness, or maybe you’re happy taking the camper to a local campground. Wherever you decide to go, one thing that is essential to having a good trip is a camping checklist.
The specific items that will be on each camping checklist will vary from family to family and from trip to trip. It depends on factors such as where you are going, what time of year, how many people and for how long. This article will help you prepare a list to make your next camping trip pleasant and unforgettable.
Camping Checklist Basics
One of the first things you need to consider is where you’ll be sleeping. Even if you have a camping trailer with beds, you need to make sure there is enough room and proper bedding for everyone. There’s nothing worse than being cold all night! Some people prefer to sleep outdoors in a tent. In that case, a few items that you’ll want to consider is the type and size of tent, sleeping bags that are appropriate for the time of year, sleeping pads and a tarp or ground cover. Believe me, having the right sleeping equipment can make all the difference in having a good trip.
The next essential on your camping checklist is cooking utensils and supplies. Many places restrict, or do not even allow, campfires due to concerns about forest fires. You’ll want to bring some kind of a stove to cook your food. Don’t forget to bring the proper type of fuel with you.
Your kitchen equipment list is important, since when you are out in the woods, you can’t just run to the local store. For example, if you bring canned food with you, don’t forget a can opener. Other items include pots and pans, plates, cups, utensils, a cutting board and knife and matches or a lighter for your stove, plus any special items you might want. There’s even camping espresso machines so you don’t have to skip your morning latte.
The type of food you bring will depend on how you are camping and how long you are going for. If you are packing it in, you’ll want to get food that is as lightweight as possible. But if you are going in a car or camper, you can prepare much more elaborate meals. Be sure to bring some detergent to clean your dishes after and always heed the ranger’s advice about keeping food away from animals, especially bears.
Other items on your checklist might include flashlight and batteries, extra clothes, bug spray, sunscreen, camp towel and shower, toilet paper and a small shovel, and extras like a camera, games, camp chairs and a journal.
If you are going into the wilderness and carrying all your equipment on your back, your choice of backpack and hiking boots is going to be very important. Be sure to do research and find the equipment that is right for you. Remember to plan ahead and break in your boots before hand, you don’t want to spend your trip nursing blisters.
No matter where you are going on your trip, a good camping checklist will help remind you of all the gear that you need to bring. With your well written checklist in hand, you’ll be sure to have all the equipment that you need for a relaxing and enjoyable camping trip.