Three Simple Questions That Will Help You Assess Your Camping Needs

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Each year, millions of Americans head outside or to their nearest national park to go camping. It’s no stretch to refer to camping as a great American pastime, with as many as 43 million people going camp just last year. In fact that number has increased in recent years, with the number of campers growing by 3 million between 2010 and 2012.

But not all camping trips are created equal, and it may be difficult for some outdoor enthusiasts and/or newbies to assess their camping needs. In order to narrow down your camping needs, including the necessary supplies, adventure gear, and sporting goods, you can ask yourself these three simple questions:

Where will you be camping?

Around two-third of all campers (67%) use public campgrounds the most. These are the ones found in public parks, which have designated areas set up for camping. However, other people prefer to stay somewhere more remote, like out in the woods or on mountainsides while hiking. No matter where you choose to camp, you’ll want to ensure you have the right camping supplies for that trip. Check to make sure you have a tent, sleeping bag, and protective adventure clothing and footwear for that trip.

How long will you stay there?

A camping trip can last as long as you want it to. Some people only stay out in the wilderness for a weekend; others will stay as long as the campgrounds permit (usually between a couple of weeks to about a month, depending upon the season). Those who stay in cabins or RVs might have the amenities necessary for going away from home longer. No matter where you stay or for how long, don’t forget to pack enough clothing and food for the trip, including anything reserved for emergencies.

What will you do on your camping trip?

Approximately 84% of campers will participate in some other outdoor activity, such as hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, various sports, and more. Above all, make sure you have the right supplies for your trip. If you’re going scuba diving, for instance, get the appropriate scuba gear. Mountain climbing requires safety equipment and climbing gear, so make sure that you have exactly what you need for your destination. Because injuries can be a big concern when you’re out in the wilderness, consider bringing first aid supplies with you, so you and any friends or family on the trip can stay safe.

Have more questions about your camping needs? Contact a sporting goods store in your area to figure out what you should bring with you. You can also ask questions or add suggestions in the comments section.

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