ESSENTIAL CAMPING SUPPLIES
Once in a while we get this urge to disconnect from the bustle and hustle of modern day life, completely logoff from the grid, and go out and enjoy the great outdoors with its fresh air and rejuvenating scenery away from the concrete jungle. We attempt to do a supplies list, but often we get to camp and find there is something that we should have brought along but didn’t, or if we did, maybe we should have made a better choice in the type to bring.
This list is not specific to any camping itinerary but offers general guidelines as different trips will require different supplies, but it should serve as a good reference point for customizing your trip,
It’s prudent to have an extra for washing utensils in.
The weather may get harsh and you need the best quality shemagh to keep warm
Bring with you a full range of cutlery that includes but not limited to Plates, Spoons, Kettles, forks and knives
Matches or a lighter
This are crucial for lighting a fire and if opt to go with the matches it is best to go for the waterproof type.
Firewood or other fuel for cooking and keeping warm if required
Pack a tablecloth suitable for outdoor use. A water/weather resistant
Flashlights or headlamps with extra batteries are a high priority item and will come in handy when the darkness sets in or if you happen to encounter foggy conditions. (Alternatively you a bring solar rechargeable lamps if you sure the weather conditions will be ideal)
You will need Dish Cloths, Scrubbers and dishtowels, cleaning Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
Extra blankets and towels,
An efficient camping cooler will go a long way in keeping your drinks cool and your other supplies fresh
Ensure you carry enough sleeping bags for the whole team and also ensure they are of the correct sizes for everyone.
Carry an extra tarp which may come in handy in extreme weather whether it’s the heat or rsin and snow.
Handy man’s repair kit
It is always advisable to pack a comprehensive repair kit for tents and all other relevant camping gear. You never know when the need may arise. Some of this tools may end up being life savers.
In- tent waterproof ground cover
Inside the inflatable tent the ground may become quite damp or outright wet depending on the prevailing weather conditions and the campsite location.
Pack environmental friendly soaps and other detergents that will not damage the environment
You will need outdoor furniture e.g. Chairs to relax outside the tent. Table for food Preparation dining. Depending on the size of your tent you may also require furniture to use inside the tent.
If you are under medication, this should be the first thing you should pack. Always pack more than you need so that in case of any unforeseen eventualities that may extend your trip, you will still have enough supplies with you. For example if you plan to be away for six days, pack medication for 10 days.
If the medication you are taking is for a life threatening condition, put the medication in two different packs to ensure that should you lose one pack, or it gets destroyed e.g. by water logging or breakage, you will have a backup pack that has been safely stored separately.
First Aid kit
A first Aid kit is one of the most essentials items frequently overlooked when planning for trips. Sometimes we come to realize the importance of packing our when we are already in trouble and in far removed from the comfort of modern amenities.
Don’t forget to pack cooking fuel for your stove. Ensure you pack adequate quantities and a type fuel that will be easy to get the fire going in all weather conditions.
Clothes and other weather gear
It’s good to check up on the weather forecasts for your camping destinations, but also keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen weather changes may occur at any time. It’s a=wise to diversify the type of clothes you carry.
Maps, area information
It is very important to read up and get as much information of your destination as you can get. Get specific are information such as local laws, traditions, crime related information, emergency contact no’s, state of the roads, and of course about the rates if there is Park fees or other charges to be paid.
Outdoor and Survival tools
This list will be dictated by the type of campsite you will be headed to, it could be just off the road, deep into the woods or high up in the mountains. Different itineraries will have different requirements.
But some important supplies to consider should be:
Additional Important Items
Camera– Capture those memories. One day you will be looking back at those images and getting relishing every moment.
Quad Bikes, Dirt bikes, Bicycles – Anything you can manage that will enhance your outdoor experience. Some campsites will also have some of these for renting out to campers, but it is a good idea to check the renting charges beforehand so that you are not in for surprises with exorbitant charges.
Pet supplies – If you are going to bring your pets along with you please bring along adequate supplies of pet food, their toys and other items that will make your camp pet friendly.
It is also not a bad idea to tell some close friends or other acquaintance where you are headed to and how long you expect to be away. People have been known to take off on expeditions without informing anyone, and when the need for search and rescue arose, nobody had a clue where to start. This is especially important if you will be venturing off the “Beaten Path”.
This list is in no way conclusive but it should an adequate baseline preparation check list.
Written By: Edward Eugen
An avid Camper and Mountaineer