The idea of camping brings thrill and excitement to everyone who is planning to go to a camp. But if you fail to prepare for your camping trip, you will be faced with a lot of troubles instead of having fun in the outdoors. So, be prepared in order to have a hassle-free camping experience. Refer to this checklist to make sure you have all you need for your nature trip.
First Aid Kit
A fully equipped first aid kit can ensure that you are prepared for most emergencies. While it is always possible that something severe might happen, that can overwhelm you, but a good first aid kit will make it easier to manage minor accidents.
Your first aid kit must include essentials such as bandages, tweezers, a pair of scissors, and an antibiotic cream. Add your preferred painkiller, may it be ibuprofen, aspirin, etc. If someone bruises a knee or twists an ankle, an ice pack can be useful. A sunscreen is also important if you are going camping in the summer or in a particularly sunny area. You wouldn't want to go home with a bad case of sunburn. In such a condition, have a cream with aloe vera prepared to alleviate the burning sensation.
Also, if someone with you has allergic reactions, bring an antihistamine cream and hydrocortisone, which can provide some relief from insect bites. Understand that the great outdoors is also filled with plants, and some people only discover that they are actually allergic to certain plants. An antihistamine is helpful if someone begins to reach to the touch of a plant.
When it comes to camping, a rope can come handy. So be sure to bring a rope and learn to tie some of the most commonly used knots. A clothesline for wet garments, a hanger for coolers from a branch at night, towing people out of a tight situation on a hike or swim, and creating a shelter are just some of the uses of rope.
It's easy to get lost in the outdoors, especially when you are having a great time exploring flora and fauna. So, if you're traveling to multiple spots, or plan to hike during the day, make sure to have tools that will help guide you and guarantee a safe trip. The essential navigational tools you will need to pack include a portable GPS, a compass and a map (which serve as a back-up for the GPS), chargers or power banks, a guidebook, a pen or pencil, two-way radios (especially if you will be in a larger group), flashlights and headlamps with spare batteries, and a travel lantern.
It is important to protect the bottom of your tent or have an extra shelter at your campsite. This is where tarps can be functional. These are easy to fold, and only take up a small amount of space in your camping bags.
A tarp can also be made into a makeshift container, which is helpful when carrying something important. It can also be used to drag firewood back to your camp or even an injured person toward a safe place when needed.
Even if you arrived at the park on a bright sunny day, the weather can quickly change, leaving you stuck in the rain or gathering around your campfire. Have extra sets of clean clothes, which will help you not worry about sudden weather changes. Be sure to pack lightweight fabrics that easily dry up so you can reuse the same top and bottoms a few times.
An iconic tool used in the outdoors, the pocket knife is simply one of the most practical and portable tools today. Camping without a knife spells disaster. From shaving to roasting meat on the fire to peeling fruits and vegetables, a pocket knife is definitely essential.
Food and Drinks
It is a crime to pack everything for camping and forget about food supplies. Food provides the energy you need to perform the tasks when hiking. Remember to bring foods that are relatively lightweight and easy to store in your backpack. Also, load your backpack with foods that can last longer and are able to endure a rough journey.