The Boy Scouts are known for the saying “Be prepared” However, that saying should apply to everyone, and not just the Boy Scouts. If you are heading out camping, it is especially important to be ready for anything, because you probably won’t be close to hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and other modern comforts. Here is a list of things to bring when you head out camping.

Tent

This might be the most obvious one of all, but it’s very important. A tent will keep you protected from the elements and provide a place to store your things in the evening. It’s important to bring a tent that is appropriate for the trip on which you are going. Good ventilation is important on any trip, and you should make sure to get the right size for the group that will be coming. Make sure that you practice ahead of time so that you can set up the tent quickly and easily when you make your camp. You do not want to be stuck in the rain and struggling to get your shelter in place.

Sleeping Bag

Even in hot weather, you will need a comfortable and warm place to sleep. Temperatures drop during the night, so you do not want to take chances. There are sleeping bags that can provide incredible warmth, but that will also draw sweat away from the body so that you don’t freeze. Make sure to bring one that is waterproof in case of heavy rains or a leaking tent. You should also choose one that is easy to clean and lightweight. That way it will not be too much of a burden to carry and you won’t have to spend too much time keeping it clean.

Water Bottle

Always bring a durable multi-use water bottle with you. It is much more practical than having someone carry a case of bottled water with them. You can fill it up if your campsite has water faucets. If it does not, you can always drink water from nature, provided you take the necessary caution, such as using a filter or boiling the water ahead of time.

Camping Stove

Most rented campsites have grills, but not all do. Also, if you are not staying in one place, then you may not be stopping to camp at an actual campsite. If there’s no grill, then you can also start a fire and cook that way, but if it has rained recently, then you might not have enough dry material to burn. A camping stove solves all of those problems and provides an even cooking result.

Portable Charger

Outlets will probably be hard to find wherever you are camping. That’s why a portable solar charger will be so useful. You don’t want your phone to run out of batteries with no way to recharge it, or you may not want to be left without your e-reader before bed. A solar charger can be clipped to your pack so that it charges throughout the day and is ready to go when you stop to make camp.

First Aid Kit

Millions of people go camping every weekend, but it’s still dangerous. A first aid kit is what you need to stop bleeding, protect cuts, and stabilize broken bones, but it can also save your life. Infections and other complications out in the wilderness can cause serious problems if they are not managed properly. Make sure your kit is fully stocked with extras of everything. Also, take a first aid course so you can be as safe as possible out in the wild.

Bug Repellent

Bugs aren’t just annoying, they can carry disease and bacteria, so it’s important to avoid getting bitten. Besides, your whole trip can be ruined if you are itchy the entire time because of hungry mosquitoes. Keep them away by using a strong bug spray that you reapply regularly. There are several kinds that will last up to 8 hours. You can also bring along lanterns and candles that work as bug repellents as well, so you can protect your entire eating area from creepy crawlies.

Appropriate Footwear

Never go camping without sturdy shoes. Open-toed shoes like sandals and flip-flops are not appropriate, especially if you are hiking. Hiking boots are your best option. They will keep your feet protected from the uneven terrain in the woods, and they will also keep them warm if necessary. Make sure to break them in before you leave. If you try hiking with new shoes, you can end up with blisters, sores, and aching feet. Make sure you aid them out when they are not in use because those boots can start to smell pretty quickly.

Wool Socks

Still on the footwear vein, the proper socks can go a long way towards comfort and safety. Wool socks will keep your feet warm during the night and help control temperature during the day when you are walking around. Bring several pairs in case they get wet or dirty.

Swimwear

One of the best parts about a hike on a hot day is finding a great place to have a refreshing swim. Sure, you could hop in with your underwear or even your clothes, but that will leave you uncomfortable later on. Having a swimsuit on hand will allow you to jump in the lake without having to worry about getting your regular clothes wet. Also, swimwear tends to dry more quickly, so you won’t have a soggy mess in your pack. If you are stuck in a rainstorm, it can also be fun to frolic outside in your swimsuit as well.

You may be ready for a relaxing and fun weekend of camping, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to properly prepare. Besides the common things such as sleeping bags and tents, there are other items to bring that maybe are not as obvious. Make sure that for your next camping trip you are properly prepared by bringing all of these necessary items.

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