Gathering the Proper Camping Gear for Your Outdoor Adventure

By: Ralph King

When heading out into the wilderness, it is essential to gather all of the proper camping gear first. Of course, the type of camping gear you need depends upon the type of outdoor adventure you plan to enjoy. After all, if you will be heading out into the backcountry with nothing but a rucksack, you will need to keep your gear light and to the minimum while still providing for your necessities. If you are camping with an RV or you are driving to an RV park and pitching a tent, on the other hand, you can easily carry far more camping gear with you while on still enjoying the great outdoors.

Exploring the Backcountry

If you are going on a hike and plan on camping in the backcountry, there are several things you should take along with you. These include:

Map and Compass
Cell phone
Signal Mirror
First Aid Kit
Hunting Knife
Insect Repellent
Sunglasses, Sunscreen and Lip Balm
Waterproof Matches
Waterproof Windbreaker

Of course, you will need to add a tent, food, and plenty of water to the camping gear you take with you. It would also be a good idea to take a solar powered battery charger. That way, you can continue to provide power to your cell phone while on your trip. Other supplies that can be nice to have include:

Toilet Paper
Disposable Camera
GPS Unit
Two Way Radio
Hand Warmers
Emergency Blanket
Road Flare
Work Gloves

By carrying all of these supplies with you, you will be prepared if an emergency occurs or if you get stuck in the backcountry longer than expected.

Enjoying a Camping Trip

If you are planning to go camping at a commercial park, there is still plenty of camping gear you should bring with you. Be sure to check with the park to find out what supplies are provided and what supplies are not. In addition to the supplies already mentioned, some camping gear you should take with you includes:

Sleeping Bag
Air Mattress or Sleeping Bag Pad
Plastic Sheeting for the Tent Floor
Tent Seam Sealer
Large Plastic Boxes to Store Food and Equipment
Folding Tables and Chairs
Small Shovel
Can Opener
Portable Toilet
Baby Wipes
Personal Hygiene Items
Hammer or Axe for Pounding in Tent Stakes
Wash Clothes

You can take additional camping gear with you depending upon how comfortable you want to be while on your trip. For example, you might want to take some cookware and other items for preparing heartier meals. In addition, you may want to bring along some reading material, some paper and a pen, and some games to play while relaxing at the campsite.

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Ralph King has been contributing to leading magazines for the past 10 years. He's also an accredited researcher on the subject for leading research institutes in the US.

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