Ten Items to Take with You on a Family Camping Trip

We live in a fast connected society, and things that would have been impossible years ago are now a reality.

Although we’ve developed well as a society, important things such as family life and bonding have gone down the drain, and there’s an increasing need for finding time and bonding with one’s family and friends.

The most popular activity to help bond is camping as it has the advantage of going “off the grid.”

In this article, we will discuss the most important items to carry when going on a camping adventure to ensure maximum enjoyment.

Camping Prerequisites 

Before making a list of items needed during camping, it’s advisable to ensure that everything is planned out down to the minute details to ensure a seamless adventure.

Most often, people forget the basic needs required for camping, thereby dooming an experience that would’ve otherwise been beautiful.

Below are the prerequisites you should have before a camping trip:

  • Always carry extra water – Ensure that the whole family has enough water and a little extra. This is especially important if camping is done in a remote area and there’s no nearby source of water.
  • Have a first aid kit – Believe it or not, emergencies happen all the time, so ensure there’s a fully stocked first aid kit nearby just in case something happens, e.g. a sprain, animal bites and/or bleeding.
  • Carry enough medication – Ensure that there’s enough medicine for illnesses. This is especially important if the campers are off the grid and medical facilities are far away.
  • Bring lots of snacks – Pack enough food for the whole family. Snacks may include granola bars or marshmallows; this is handy especially if there are kids.

Top Items Needed While Camping

When camping, there are vital things that one must not forget, though there are some items that might get left behind because their importance or use isn’t known.

Below, we will describe some of the things that must never be forgotten when going camping with family or friends.

1. Get a Gazebo for Camping

This is one of the most important things to carry.

To determine a gazebo’s importance, you must first understand the type of camping you’re undertaking, as well as the location.

Going to some places for camping, there may be available tents to hire, while some areas may be remote.

Another point to consider is if you have an RV truck or if you’re going to sleep under a hammock.

If your camping group is huge, a gazebo can be used in conjunction with the tent to shield yourself from the wind and rain.

2. Sleeping Bags

Even for the most extreme camper, it’s not advisable to risk one’s life and sleep out in the open and unshielded from all the elements.

Sleeping bags exist to provide you with a comfortable night and a hospitable environment you can sleep in, shielding you from the cold and reducing your risk of hypothermia.

In most camping areas, you can rent out a sleeping bag for the whole family or, if you’re experienced enough, you can buy the bags following their own specifications.

3. Matches

Making your camping trip memorable is important, and one of the key highlights may be sitting with family around a fire, eating marshmallows and chilling.

Forgetting a matchbox is just like ruining a fun night. It’s therefore important to have a matchbox to be used to light the fire if gas is not available.

4. Eating Utensils

Ensure that the number of utensils you brought are enough for the number of people on the trip.

You may consider buying disposable utensils, e.g. paper plates or cups or even regular utensils from your home.

However, we should care for the environment and ecosystem, and bring in utensils that are easy to dispose of and biodegrade back to the environment.

5. Sharp Knife

A sharp knife should be available on-the-go as this is useful when carving up sticks and cutting ropes when setting up a campsite.

One must ensure that a knife is available and sharp, as it would be used in cutting up food and, sometimes, for self-defence in case of an animal or attacker.

6. Solar and Portable Power

A camping environment is characterised by a lack of electricity. This is by design to help you enjoy the flavour of nature.

However, it’s important to have light in order to help manoeuvre around at night and charge useful equipment.

7. Binoculars

This is especially important for family members more inclined to bird watching.

Binoculars help in the observation of important landmarks and locations.

In case one is lost, binoculars may come in handy to help observe recognisable locations when looking for one’s bearing on a place.

8. Boots and Shoes

Camping shoes for a desert and a forest differ.

It’s therefore important to choose the most appropriate shoes for camping.

Proper shoes may ease cramps of the leg, help you walk large distances, and have an overall comfy experience.

9. Camping Bags

Camping requires the carrying of a lot of gear, so a strong and reliable bag is therefore important to ensure that your gear is stored safely.

For backpacking, it’s important that one can carry enough gear in order to ensure a comfortable camping experience.

10. Insect Repellent

To ensure a bug free experience, make sure that the family carries their own bug repellent to shoo away bugs.

This is especially brutal in the Australian environment due to its rich ecosystem of insects and animals. 

Following this list and its prerequisites will lead you and your loved ones to an eventful camping experience.

It’s important to note that when camping, ensure that you have the contact details of a warden or someone in charge who can be contacted in case anything happens.

All in all, we should strive to ensure that the places we visit are left better than the way we found them.

When in camp, ensure that your litter is properly disposed of to make sure the environment is well maintained. 

Hopefully, this list is comprehensive for camping noobs and experienced veterans alike. 

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