Temperatures are heating up, and for many of us the prospect of hazy days and sunny skies has got us thinking about outdoor adventures. Camping vacations are an ideal way to discover nature, explore the incredible scenery on offer, spend quality time together, and chill out without spending a fortune. If you’re thinking of planning a camping trip with family or friends, here are some essentials you’ll need before you hit the road.
This is perhaps the most important thing to get right. Nobody wants to endure sleepless nights and days when they can’t keep their eyes open while they’re on vacation. If you don’t already have a tent, groundsheets, and sleeping bags, it’s time to do some shopping. There’s a dazzling range of tents on offer, and you can spend as much or as little as you like. Bear the capacity in mind, and read some reviews before you buy. You should be fine with a normal sleeping bag in the summer months, but it might be worth investing in a heavyweight version if you plan to camp in the winter. Some people like to pack a pillow, and you may want an extra blanket just in case the temperature falls dramatically overnight.
Every camper needs to eat, and you may be surprised at just what you can achieve with a basic stove and a few utensils. Stock up on supplies before you reach the campsite, as you may be limited when it comes to access to grocery stores. Make sure you have enough gas to power the stove for the duration of your trip and buy foods that are easy to prepare. Take some snacks, such as chips, fruit, and cereal bars and some bottled water if you plan to go out hiking, cycling or climbing. Don’t forget to take cutlery and crockery with you.
Orienteering and organization
When you’re out in the wild, you may not be able to rely on your phone to wake you up or point you in the right direction if you’ve taken a wrong turn. If you’re heading out for the day, pack a small backpack and make sure you have a map and a compass with you. It’s also a good idea to check out some reviews to find the best travel alarm clock so that you don’t waste the day and to put together a basic first aid kit before you set off. You’ll need some bandages, dressings, painkillers, bite cream, and antihistamines. If you take medication on a regular basis, make sure you have it with you if you plan to be away from camp for a significant period of time.
If you’re going on a camping holiday, make sure you have the right clothing. In the summer months, it may be warm during the day, but it may be chilly at night. Take plenty of light layers and some warm jumpers or fleeces for the evening. It’s always a good idea to have a waterproof jacket to hand, even if the forecast is brilliant. Take some comfortable, sturdy shoes, and some long trousers, as well as shorts. If you’re hiking through long grass, for example, you’ll be grateful for the extra protection. Finally, pack some comfortable lounging gear for chilling out around the fire and sleeping.
Are you off camping? If so, this checklist will help to make planning and packing a breeze.