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10 Camping Essentials to Pack for the Weekend

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Camping has been a popular hobby ever since- well, ever since we began living in houses! Somewhere along the way, a genius decided to mobilize the comforts of his home, and set out into the wilderness. We can speculate all we want, because no matter how it started- we love it! That’s all that matters.


Whether you’re a veteran camper or a total newcomer, it’s always important to pack the essentials for your camping trip. Doing so helps to create the best camping experience possible! So, before heading into the great outdoors, we encourage you to double (and triple!) check your bag for these top 10 items:


1. Water


If there’s one thing you absolutely must have, it’s water. Pick up a few gallons before heading to your campsite. Ensure you have enough to stay hydrated and healthy for the entire duration of your trip.


2. Toilet Paper


All we’re saying is that it’s best to be prepared! Poison Ivy can easily be mistaken for innocent, suitable-for-makeshift-toilet-paper leaves... especially in the dark. Do not be fooled, friends.


3. Fire Starters


It’s important to have the appropriate materials for starting a fire, especially in the event of wet weather, or lack of branches/lumber. Be sure to stock up on fire logs and matches so that you’re prepared for any situation.


4. Sturdy Tent


A tent is one thing. A sturdy tent- one that can withstand wind, rain, and snow- is another thing. Take your time to shop around for the tent that suits your needs best. Once you find a tent that is strong enough, make sure it’s comfortable!


5. Waterproof Bedding


Whether it’s a sleeping bag, air mattress, cot, etc, make sure your bedding will protect you from moisture. You’ll be thankful in the morning, when you wake dry and cozy in the middle of a dewey, chilly forest.


6. First Aid Kit


Mom was right; first-aid kids are always necessary! From cuts and scrapes, to burns and rashes, it’s imperative that you and your group are prepared.


7. Easy-Prep Food


In addition to your meats and meal ingredients, make sure to pack food that doesn’t require heating, or expensive preparation. Not only is this great for eating on the go (while hiking and exploring), but you’ll also be prepared for a faulty grill, weak fire, or any night when you may be too exhausted to cook.


8. Adequate Shoes


Camping doesn’t provide much room for vanity. Leave the trendy boots and sneakers at home, and opt for a pair of reliable hiking or athletic shoes. Wearing appropriate shoes will increase your endurance, as well as prevent injuries.


9. Flashlight


Even the earliest forms of humans utilized fire to create light. It’s camping 101! Pack a flashlight, lantern, matches- oh, and plenty extra batteries. Find a torch or flashlight that is easy to carry with you on “bathroom trips.”


10. Bug Spray


Bring plenty of bug spray to keep the pests at bay! It may also be smart to research home remedies for repelling your campgrounds’ common insects. Argentine ants are repelled by Ajax cleaner, for example!


And last but not least, a good attitude and plenty of cold drinks will turn any adventurer into a happy camper!




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