What to bring on your next camping trip

What to bring on your next camping trip
What to bring on your next camping trip

Camping is a fun activity for people of all ages. It can be a great time to get outdoors and explore nature. However, it’s important that you have the right gear so that you can fully enjoy your experience in the great outdoors. Today we are going to tell you all about our top 14 things to bring on camping trip!


You've decided to bring a tent. Great choice! A tent is absolutely necessary for any camping trip, whether it's just you and your significant other, or if you're planning on bringing the whole family along.

When choosing a tent for your group, there are several factors that should be considered:

  • Size. How many people will be sleeping in it? Are you going solo or will there be multiple campers? If so, how many do you expect to have total? You should plan accordingly by choosing a large enough size that everyone can comfortably fit inside without feeling cramped together while still leaving enough room for things like storage and changing clothes.

  • Durability and waterproofing/windproofing capabilities. The last thing anyone wants is a leaky roof when they turn in at night (or worse yet, during their morning shower). The same goes for strong winds—if strong gusts are likely during your trip then make sure the design of the tent can withstand them without blowing away or collapsing under its own weight!

  • Set-up time/ease of use/comfortability factor(s) included with purchase price tag(s). If someone doesn't know how to set up this kind of tent well before departure day arrives then chances are good that person won't know how long either; doing so requires practice before heading out into nature where there aren't any instructions available! This also applies if setting up involves anything more complicated than unfolding rods from within pockets located around its outermost edges; otherwise

Flashlight and batteries.

You'll want a flashlight, even if you don't plan on going camping at night. It's useful for when you need to find something in your stuff or get up at 3 AM to go pee.

The best kind of flashlight is one that has its own solar panel that recharges the batteries as well as an internal battery so it's always ready to go, even if there's no sun out. You can get these from Amazon pretty cheap too!

If you're bringing along any rechargeable batteries (which I highly recommend), make sure to keep them stored someplace cool, dry and dark where they won't be exposed to direct sunlight. Keep them in their original packaging with the plastic bag over top of them—this will prevent corrosion from moisture building up inside them as well as light exposure damaging their surfaces

Sleeping bags.

Sleeping bags.

Sleeping bags are the most important thing to bring on your camping trip. You need a warm enough sleeping bag, which is measured by its temperature rating and usually ranges from 0°F to 20°F. The bigger you go, the warmer it will be (but also bulkier). You also need to make sure they are waterproof, and that they're easy to carry around—the last thing you want is a bag so heavy or bulky that you can't move around in it!

Matches and lighters.

Matches and lighters are the most important tools for starting a fire. It's not as easy as it looks in the movies, so you'll want to practice before your trip. The first thing you'll need to do is build your fire lay: find some dry wood or kindling, and arrange it in a teepee shape with some space between each layer. Then light your match! (Or lighter.) Now that you have a flame going, add larger pieces of wood on top until they catch on fire; keep adding more fuel until your fire is large enough to last through the night. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the warmth of an open flame without having to worry about whether any spiders might crawl into it while you're asleep!

Camping stove and fuel.

What type of camping stove to bring

If you’re traveling with a group, you may want to consider bringing multiple types of camp stoves. This way, everyone can make their own meals while they are out in nature. If you have backpackers who don’t like cooking but still want hot food, then consider bringing a backpacking-specific propane stove that is easy to use and lightweight. A backpacking-specific propane stove will also have a built-in igniter so that you don’t have to worry about matches or lighters while on your trip.

How much fuel should I bring?

Fuel for your camping stove needs can be purchased at any outdoor gear store or grocery store before heading out on an adventure. If possible, try not to purchase fuel from different locations as it could result in inconsistent performance when using your new equipment at campfires later on! It's important that everyone agrees beforehand about how much fuel each person needs before going on this trip - otherwise there will be confusion later down the road when someone runs out unexpectedly!

How should I store my fuel? / How do I safely store my fuel? / Is it safe for me?

Firewood and tinder.

Firewood and tinder are essential for campfires. Firewood is the fuel that actually lights the fire, while tinder is the kindling that helps to light it. If you don't have enough of either one, your campfire may not get going at all.

Tinder can be made from pine needles, dry grass or leaves. It's best if it's small pieces so they'll catch quickly when you're trying to get your tinder lit up with a match or lighter (depending on what type of camping trip you're on).

Lanterns, torches and candles.

You'll want to bring lanterns and candles if you plan on having any light at night. Candles can be useful, but they're not nearly as safe as a lantern. They can also be inconvenient to carry around and don't always last as long as a lantern.

This is why we recommend bringing a variety of both types of lighting when camping!

When it comes to lanterns, there are many different styles available on the market today—so many that it can be hard to choose which one is right for your needs! However, there are some things about each type of lantern that make them better than others:

Water bottles and filter / purifier.

Water bottles and filter / purifier. Even though you can carry a lot of water, it's good to have some reusable bottles with you as well, especially if you're going on a long trip. For example, if you are in the backcountry and don't have access to clean water every day, then having your own filtration system or purifier is a great idea.

Portable chairs, cots, hammocks.

  • Folding chair: A folding chair is the perfect portable seat to have when you're camping. Not only can it be used for sitting down and relaxing, but it can double as an extra bed or even a table if need be.

  • Hammock: The first time I ever slept in a hammock was at camp and I loved it! Hammocks are not only comfortable, but they're also lightweight, easy to set up (and take down) and free up space in your tent or sleeping bag that would otherwise be taken up by sleeping pads or air mattresses.

  • Cot: A cot is another great alternative to sleeping on the ground if you prefer something more comfortable than just laying out your sleeping bag flat on the floor of your tent. Cots are usually made with metal frames that allow them to fold up into smaller pieces for easy storage after use as well as carrying around when camping trips require multiple vehicles for transportation purposes

Survival gear (knife, ax, wire saw).

If you are planning to go camping in a forest, it is important to bring survival gear along. A knife, ax, and wire saw can be used for cutting branches and other things. They can also be used as weapons in case of an emergency. If you want to cut down trees for firewood or shelter building purposes, it would be best to use an ax than a knife because an axe has more power than a knife does. If there are no axes available but there is some metal around (like cans), then it would be better to use an ax because wire saws do not have that much strength when compared with axes or saws made from stronger materials like steel or stainless steel

Food to cook over the fire or grill.

You don't want to bring all the food you need and find out that there are no pans or grills to cook it in. Keep this in mind as you pack for your trip and make sure to bring cooking utensils, a pot, a grill and even a fire starter.

LifeStraw and/or iodine tablets for safe drinking water (if you don't have a filter).

  • LifeStraw is a portable water filter that can be used to drink water from lakes, ponds and rivers. It’s a great back-up plan if you run out of filter cartridges or your filter breaks.

  • Iodine tablets are the best way to purify water in an emergency situation when there isn’t time for boiling and filtering. This is especially true if you don't have access to clean drinking water because your filter broke down or ran out of cartridges mid-trip!

These are some of the top things you need to pack for your next camping trip!

These are some of the top things you need to pack for your next camping trip!

  • A tent: You'll be sleeping in one, so make sure it's comfortable.

  • Flashlight and batteries: Make sure you have at least a few sets of extra batteries on hand in case your flashlight runs out of power (or worse, gets smashed by wild animals). It also doesn't hurt to bring along a headlamp if that's more convenient for you.

  • Sleeping bags: Even if it's warm outside, temperatures can drop pretty low once the sun goes down. Pack enough sleeping bags so that everyone has one, or even two just in case something happens during the night like an unexpected rainstorm that makes everyone get wet—you'll want another layer then!

  • Matches and lighters: You're going camping; there will be fires! So make sure you bring plenty of matches or lighters along with any other tools necessary for starting a fire using wood tinder or other combustible materials found around camp grounds like pine cones or leaves from trees near where they're staying overnight at night time."


You don’t need to go out and buy all this stuff at once. If you have a friend who camps then borrow what you can from them. You can also rent camping gear from an outdoor store for short trips. And if you want to find the best deals on great gear, check out our Tips section for some expert advice!

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