What to pack for a camping trip
It is great when you get a chance to take a break from life's hustle and bustle and get an opportunity for a camping trip. It is important to make sure you pack the appropriate gear before heading out though. Your packing list will vary depending on the type of camping trip you are about to embark on bit here are some general tips for what to pack for your camping trip.
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For those of you that enjoy hiking in to a campsite and carrying everything you need for the trip literally on your back, it is important to be selective on what makes the packing list. There is definitely such a thing as packing too much stuff, being dragged down while hiking and then only using half of it. First and foremost though, don't forget to pack a light yet durable tent! Also make sure you have a good sleeping bag and sleeping pad for the layer between you and the ground.
To begin with, there are some essential toiletries that no camper can live without. These include your trusty toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste, a quick dry towel, sunscreen to protect you against those pesky UV rays, insect repellant(this is one item that you can't ever have enough of) and biodegradable soap.
In regards to clothing, here are some general items that will need to be adjusted depending on the weather and the length of time you are planning to camp for. Flip-flops are very handy to have for around the tent after it is pitched, a pair of sturdy hiking boots are essential and make sure to pack at least 2 pairs of hiking socks (wicking and warmth layers). For below the waist, a pair of shorts and a pair of rainproof hiking pants should see you covered for all eventualities. Above the waist, a wicking layer shirt, a fleece and windbreaker or rain jacket will keep you warm and dry. Moisture wicking underwear and long underwear are also options if you are planning to camp in cold weather.
In terms of food, it is best to find lightweight food for packing which is high in calories, short-term energy carbs, starches and sugars. Some examples of short-term energy food include: Dehydrated foods like pasta, breads, grains, fruit, vegetables and crackers. Protein and fats are also necessary and for these you can try packing some canned meat, cheese, nuts, chocolate and dried milk. If you are planning to cook then you will need to pack things like a cooking set, fire flint, a mini stove and fuel as well as spoons, bowls and cups.
Other essential items to pack include a multi-tool, a notebook, a first aid kit, a watch with an alarm, maps, compass, headlight and a camera to capture the best moments while camping. Don't forget to tell someone where you are going and when you are expecting to be return. Enjoy your trip!