For those who aren’t familiar with wilderness living, camping can be seen as an intimidating adventure, but if you have a few essentials you’ll be well equipped for your next trip. So if you’re wanting to embark on your very first camping trip, we’ve listed must-have camping gear every camper must have to get rolling, these suggestions are also relevant to the more experienced adventure seekers like the Techie Camper.
You’ll need a tent
The most basic and obvious item you’ll need is definitely a tent. Obviously, shelter is a critical consideration as you won’t want to expose yourself to the elements too much. The type of tent you choose is also important and largely depends on the length of your camping trips, the amount of walking you’ll need to do to get to your camping site, and the style of the excursion you plan to have.
For example, if you know you’ll be walking a long while to your campsite, you’ll need a lightweight tent, that you can easily put inside your backpack. But if you’re going to drive to your campsite, then you can get a bigger and heavier and more spacious tent.
If you’re not familiar with camping, your best bet is to keep to tents that are easy to set up and unfold, saving the more complicated setup for another time. Another good idea is to practise setting up your tent at home before you go on your trip so that you are aware and comfortable with the setup process.
The sleeping bag
Another main need is a sleeping bag. Once again, the size and type of sleeping bag you need will vary depending on the location you’ll be camping and also what the weather forecast will say. You’ll need to take the time of year into account when you set up your camping trips so that you are aware of what the temperatures could be like, particularly in the nighttime, so that you can plan ahead of time.
Just keep in mind that even climates that are super hot during the day can get very cold at night. So in this instance, you’ll need a sleeping bag with lots of insulation that will help resist the cold.
The sleeping pad
Bringing a sleeping bag together with a comfortable sleeping pad on your trip will provide you with great comfort. It does not matter how soft and pillowy the sleeping bag is, if you don’t have proper padding, you’ll still feel as though you are sleeping on the ground.
And honestly, getting a good night’s rest is very important regardless of where you are. Just like sleeping bags and tents there a many different styles and sizes you can choose from. So you can make your selection based on the kind of environment you’ll be camping in and also the length of your trip.
Next, you have to furnish the remainder of your campsite, beginning with creating the campfire setup. When it comes to sitting around the fire, or campsite, standard foldable chairs are very convenient.
Of course, you have the option to sit on the grown but chairs are a lot more practical and they make a big difference when it comes to comfort, particularly during the day, when you want to eat, read or just relax. Depending on how posh you want to be, you can go for chairs that stretch out or chairs that come standard with cup holders.
Once again, the size of the chairs you choose should depend on how much hiking or walking you plan to do before setting up camp.
Get a portable stove
With the assumption that you’re probably going to cook at least two or one meal a day. You’ll want to bring a portable stove with you. So unless you plan to pack tinned food and eat that only, a two-burner camp stove will work wonders and help you cook full-blast meals quite easily.
Alternatively, you could go for something light in weight like a single burner. A single burner will allow you to experiment with cool recipes without using up a lot of space in your car or backpack.
Because most things can be cooked directly over the fire, tiny stoves of this nature will allow you to heat anything over the stove like rice dishes, coffee, stews, beans, and pasta. On top of that, you’ll also need to fill up on fuel, and depending on the kind of stove you buy, this usually means gas or propane.
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