When it comes to camping, everyone has their “go-to” supplies that they always remember to pack. That list will vary but we decided to put together a list five that you absolutely must bring with you.
Some camping trips can be a complete failure for silly reasons. That’s because some of us don’t do this all the time. Most campers will only spend up to 20 days in the outdoors.
However, judging by what accessories are typically available in RVs, roughing it may not be exactly what we do today.
When you are sleeping under the stars, ten items must be with you if you are going to go camping.
Your list might be a little different, but that’s okay.
Our 10 Top Camping Items
The first item is the trusted tarp (don’t forget the rope too). Tarps are crucial for a variety of reasons and work in different climates.
For example, if you’re camping in the Pacific Northwest where it rains a lot and there’s a ton of moisture, you’re doing to need a tarp to keep stuff dry including the ground you set up your tent on.
Not only that but it can be used as a rain cover as well as a shade cover if you’re camping in the desert or places with higher temperatures in the summer or fall.
This is an obvious one but had to make it on the list. It goes without saying that if you are going camping, especially remote, then shelter is going to be key to enjoying the trip.
This is one of the items on our list where it pays dividends to invest in a higher quality tent. It may cost more upfront but it will be well worth it in the long run. Consider some from top brands like Coleman, REI, and Big Agnes.
3. Axe, Hatchet or Bucksaw
It is also a good idea to bring a small bow saw, hatchet, and also an axe. These are absolutely necessary whether you need something to cut firewood or clear brush.
If you get stuck with pieces that are too large or too small, that’s where the tools come in. Just make sure that you know how to safely use each tool for the job.
Just as an example, a camping axe or hatchet is going to be more suitable to actual work vs a throwing axe that you might bring for games or recreational purposes.
Of course, if the only thing you have is a throwing axe, it can still do some light chopping and cutting it’s just not what it was designed for.
4. Fire Starters
Being able to start a fire is crucial for camping especially when it comes to survival in the instance, you get lost. Have the proper tools like fire sticks, flint or even fire past will allow you to start your campfire easily in most climates.
There’s also no reason not to pack these as they are very inexpensive.
With food, it’s not only important to bring the right kinds but also the right portions. Right kinds include non-perishables in case the trip lasts longer than originally planned.
In some cases, you may have access to a water source or fish but there’s never a guarantee of catching anything and the last thing you want to do is run out of food because you either didn’t bring enough or what you did bring spoiled.
It is also recommended that you include a grill grate, so that, you can enjoy fresh cooked food in the campfire.
6. Propane Camp Stove
It is also necessary to bring a propane camp stove, preferably with an 8-pound tank. It should have up to three burners to be as efficient as possible. Don’t be that person who packs the stove but not the propane so doesn’t forget the Jeboil fuel.
Most camping stoves that come with 8-pound tanks won’t put you in the hole and when used properly they can last for multiple trips before needing to refill or even purchase a new one.
Another one that should, and most likely is, on everyone’s camping checklist are flashlights. Despite the ability to make a fire flashlights are incredibly valuable from a convenience and safety standpoint.
They help campers in the early and late hours when they need to find something or get somewhere that normally wouldn’t be visible.
They are also just as important for safety reasons. Whether you or a friend needs to scare off a wild animal or signal for help, a flashlight is a must.
To make your tasks easier at night, it is wise to have a hands-free lamp for backpackers. This will keep your hands free and you can do all the chores easily.
Besides, it is wise to take a kerosene lantern if you are going to a remote area and planning to stay long. Oil lanterns don’t need any charging source, just carry enough oil and you are good to go.
If you’ve ever been camping then you know that traditional cell service is spotty at best. The only thing you’ll really be using your phone for are selfies and to take photos! That’s where radios come in.
Having a radio will give you much better chances of communicating with someone in case of an emergency.
The rope is often one of those overlooked items on your camping checklist. However, it’s one of the most versatile. Whether you want to use it to set up a hanging hammock, keep equipment or supplies organized and tidy or fix a tent joint temporarily, a rope can do it all.
From a survivalist standpoint, it can also be used to trap food, build a shelter, and much more.
10. Check Your Equipment
Finally, you need to do this. Check all of your equipment. This isn’t exactly an item in the traditional sense but it’s one of the most important. There’s nothing worse than remembering to pack something and then getting to your destination, setting up camp, and realizing that nothing works.
Make sure that you are bringing a tent, flashlights, knife, a lamp, gas containers, a stove, and anything else that actually works. We can’t stress this enough. If you are going in a bear trail, never forget to have a bear-proof cooler, spray, and bear canister.
Now we know that there are tons of other things that you’ll be bringing on your next camping trip but these are some of the things we’ve found over the years to be very crucial to a successful and enjoyable trip.