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Equipment needed for camping
A well-planned camping checklist can help avoid forgetting some of the critical camping equipment and tools you need before heading out into the great outdoors. The list below gives you an idea about what you should consider buying or renting to have everything ready when going on your next camping trip.
List of Equipment Needed for camping
(a). Shelter and comfort equipment
1. sleeping bag, mat or camp bed and a pillow.
These are essential items because they provide shelter, warmth and comfort during sleep. Ensure that it is compatible with the weather conditions where you will be travelling and how much time you spend outside.
2. Table and camping chairs.
Having these two items helps to create a comfortable atmosphere while enjoying meals together inside your tent. Also, if you want to sit around the fire pit, having a table would make this more enjoyable. So buy one which is suitable enough for you.
3. Torch and batteries.
A torch is also another good item to carry so that you don’t get lost at night. It is helpful, especially if there is no sunlight available. You could either go for a battery-operated one or try using gas-powered torches.
4. Camping tent.
This is used mainly to protect from rain and other outdoor elements. They come in various sizes depending upon the number of people who will use them. If you’re planning to take along kids, then choose more giant tents since smaller ones may not fit their size comfortably.
5. Tent repair kit.
If you’re planning to rent a tent instead of owning one, it’s always better to know how to fix them yourself just in case something goes wrong.
With windbreaks, you keep fresh air flowing through your tent, which makes it easier to breathe. Even though most tents already come equipped with ventilation holes, adding extra ones might prove helpful in certain situations.
(b). Weatherproof equipment
1. Waterproof jackets, raincoats, trousers and an umbrella.
There are many different clothing items like waterproof coats, pants, etc., but umbrellas are usually considered the best choice due to their long lifespan.
2. Sun protection glasses.
To protect your eyes by blocking harmful rays, sunglasses are highly recommended. But make sure that they do not distort your vision too much. Choose the right pair according to the environment, such as strong sunlight or shade.
3. Clean and dry clothes.
Before leaving home, it is essential to pack clean and dry clothes to avoid catching any diseases. In addition, you must bring proper shoes, socks, a hat and gloves etc.
( c) Kitchen essentials
1. Camp stove or oven.
Cooking is probably the only thing you’ll enjoy doing during your stay at the campsite. Therefore making sure that you’ve got all the necessary kitchen gear is highly vital.
2. Cooking fuel.
Most countries require you to fill up your car before setting off on vacation. The same applies when travelling abroad. When purchasing cooking fuel, ensure that it matches the type of stove you’ll be using.
3. Cooking and eating utensils.
For every meal, it is essential to have some plates, food containers, spoons, mugs, forks, cutlery etc. Not only does this help maintain hygiene, but it also saves space.
4. Pots, pans and kettle.
These three items serve multiple purposes simultaneously. First of all, they can be used to boil water thus making tea, coffee etc. Secondly, they can double up as serving dishes after cooking some rice.
5. Utensils are washing liquid.
Washing utensils requires minimal effort yet still needs to be appropriately performed. So what exactly should you look out for? Firstly make sure that the surface has been cleaned thoroughly before rinsing.
6. Knife and a chopping board.
Chopping boards prevent accidents from happening during preparation. It’s advisable to wash these regularly. A knife serves two purposes; cutting and cleaning. Make sure both sides are sharpened and kept at hand.
7. Lighters or matches.
Matches are helpful to start fires without having access to lighter fluid. You may want to carry spare lighters along with other essential items depending upon where you will be going.
8. Small towels/handkerchiefs.
Having small towels available ensures there is no need to dirty larger ones. Handkerchiefs are great for wiping hands clean after using toiletries.
(d) Stay clean and healthy equipment
While travelling, you might find yourself in places where toilets aren’t readily available. This means that you would have to use facilities outside, which could lead to disease transmission. Carry enough toiletries to last throughout your trip, such as soap, shampoo, toilet paper, conditioners.
2. First Aid kit and any vital medication.
Don’t forget to include first aid kits in case of minor injuries. Always keep emergency medical information handy, like contact numbers of family members and friends back home. Medications should match your health requirements.
3. Insect repellent.
Whether you’re planning on being outdoors most of the time or just visiting rural areas, insect bites can be annoying. Repellents work by either paralyzing insects or blocking their sense of smell.
4. Toothpaste and toothbrush.
Travelling often leads us away from our dentist appointments, so we end up missing brushing teeth. We recommend packing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
5. Bathing towels.
If you plan on taking showers while travelling, then having bathing towels is something you should consider buying. They come in various sizes and materials hence ensuring a comfortable fit.
6. Body oil and lotion.
As much as possible, try not to expose your skin to direct sunlight. However, sometimes it’s unavoidable, especially if you are travelling somewhere tropical. Use body oils and moisturizers to protect your skin against harmful UV rays.
Other equipment needed for camping
Compass and maps.
Maps help travellers navigate unfamiliar places. Also, it helps them figure out how long things take given different modes of transport.
Clothesline and pegs.
Packing clothes takes space and weight but leaving behind laundry is inconvenient. Bring some clothespins and pins to hang washed clothing.
In case of fire, it is better to fight it until someone else arrives because it becomes harder to control once an area starts burning. The best way is to place a large bucket under the source of the smoke and wait till professionals arrive.
A camera is vital camping equipment since you can take pictures to preserve your camping memories during your trip.
Precautions to consider when camping.
The following precautions should be considered when camping or even choosing the type of camping equipment :
• Make sure all food containers are leakproof before storing them inside bags. It’s also advisable that you keep these containers separately rather than together in one bag. In this manner, spillages will occur less frequently.
• Pack all necessary cooking utensils in separate pockets. Do not pack everything into one bag since it may get damaged during transportation.
• Keep extra blankets and sleeping mats at hand whenever required. You don’t want to wake up cold with no alternative options.
• A torch is functional both indoors and outdoors.
• When using stoves, make sure there are proper ventilation holes around the stove mouth.
• Check whether batteries are fully charged before use. This reduces the risks involved in carrying heavy gadgets.
• Carry plenty of water bottles when going hiking. Avoid drinking directly from rivers and streams as the chances of getting sick due to bacteria and viruses present in contaminated water increases.
It is always essential to ensure that you include the necessary camping equipment before heading out on a long expedition into the wilderness. This will prevent any unforeseen problems from occurring during your trip. It is also recommended to pack light equipment and avoid carrying too much weight unless necessary.