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What Are Your Camping Essentials?


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As the weather heats up and you head out on your next adventure, let’s first go over an important checklist- camping essentials! It’s always better to be safe than sorry. So what do you bring with you, and is it on this list?

#1 Sunscreen and Sunglasses

Laying out and soaking up some rays is all fun and games until someone gets burnt! In general, you’ll need lots of protection from the summer sun. Pack with you sunscreen, sunglasses, and maybe an umbrella- not just for rain but also for sunshine!

#2 Plenty of Food and Water

Nutrition is important all the time, but especially when you’re out in the wilderness, nowhere near a grocery store or even a gas station. Be sure to pack nutritious snacks that will keep your energy levels up, and maybe some snacks to cool you down like popsicles, fresh fruit, or even ice chips!

#3 First-Aid Supplies

Hopefully you’re playing it safe out there, but accidents can happen at any moment! Be sure to pack your first-aid supplies, and plenty of them. You just never know what could happen and like we said: it’s better to be safe than sorry!

#4 Firestarter and Matches

You’ll need these to cook meals, and also for a little ambiance. Don’t forget them!

#5 Shelter

An adequate tent is definitely a must-have. Don’t skimp on the cheaper tents; find something that will house you, your friends (if they’re coming along), and that will last for many trips. Keep in mind to find a tent that’s easy to construct, just in case you’re setting up camp in nasty weather!

#6 Insect Repellant

Don’t let the local insect population spoil your fun. Bring enough insect repellant for everyone.

#7 Navigation (Map, Compass, etc)

For hikers, or anyone else out wandering the wilderness, knowing where you are is important. Bring the right, quality tools with you so that you’re always familiar with your whereabouts!

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