There’s nothing worse than getting the whole gang together for a camping trip, getting really excited about having some time to relax, and then realizing that you’ve forgotten some of the most essential items you need for a camping trip. You’re probably going to remember all the basics like packing a sleeping bag and s’mores ingredients, but what about the items that are often forgotten?
- The first aid kit: You’re going to be outdoors, more than likely participating in a slew of other activities like hiking or swimming. Are you prepared in case someone gets bit or stumbles into poison ivy? Even something as simple as a cut should be covered with a band aid if you plan to continue your outdoor activities.
- Duct tape: It may sound weird, but duct tape is a must due to its versatility. It can mend a tear in your tent, secure a rogue table cloth, or help seal food containers. It come in handy in a million different ways, so make sure to put it on your list!
- The cooler: The cooler is arguably the most important item to need for a camping trip. How else will you take your beer with you on a hike, unless you have a backpack cooler? How will you be able to keep your freshly-caught fish appetizing for dinner unless you have enough marine coolers to hold them? And what if your camp is visited by a bear — if you don’t have a camo cooler to disguise and hide said beer and/or fish, you’re totally out of luck. It’s also worth mentioning that if you fail to store your food properly, your food can be impounded, you may be fined up to $5,000, and/or your camping permit may be taken away.
Camping is a ton of fun for families or friends. It’s a great way to kick back, relax, and reconnect with nature. Why not give it a go? Join the 74% of Americans who camp in public campgrounds, and start planning your next trip today!