Beginner's Guide: 10 Pieces of Essential Gear You Need when Camping Off Grid
Are you preparing to go camping wild for the first time and aren't sure what you might need? Here are 10 pieces of camping gear you should definitely bring.
You've been camping before, but you're ready to go more off-grid. You're thinking about multi-day hikes and long-term stays in the middle of the wilderness. How is that going to be different from previous camping trips?
Camping is becoming increasingly popular. As an experienced camper, you know that there are many powerful lessons to learn from camping.
Wild Camping can be a grueling outdoor activity if you push yourself, which means that you will definitely need the proper gear.
Listed below are the ten essential items that will complete your list of camping gear, continue reading to make your camping experience go just like it would for a pro.
Spacious and Organised Backpack For Camping Gear
Packing to go camping will naturally begin with, well, the pack. For an efficient use of space, you'll want to shop around for the best one you can find.
Ideally, you'll want to pack absolutely everything you need in only 1, or maybe 2, packs. That means your backpack needs to have all different kinds of compartments to fit all different kinds of camping gear.
Camping Gear for Shelter - Tents and Tarps
The second most important thing you want to consider is where you'll actually be sleeping! Tents and the tarps to cover them are worth the investment for top quality - you definitely don't want to skimp.
Check the weather for the length of your trip before you go.
Don't worry if there is a chance of rainy or winter conditions. Camping in the winter is possible if you have the right equipment. Heavy tarps and plenty of warm socks should do the trick.
High-Quality Hiking Boots
There really isn't a point to camping if you aren't prepared to do a little bit of hiking, too. Naturally, if you're camping in a scenic location, chances are that there is a route for a scenic hike as well.
If you plan to spend one or more of your days hiking in the wilderness of the area, protection for your feet is essential.
Proper hiking boots will protect your feet from stones and sharp objects, and give them proper support whilst walking on long hikes
After you go on your hike, you might really enjoy lounging or napping with the view in sight. You don't necessarily have to always sleep in the tent especially if it's a nice sunny day!
Bringing a hammock is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. There are even hammocks that are large enough to fit you and a partner for quality snuggling time.
Hammocks can either be tied between trees, or you can bring one that has pop-up stands to set it up wherever you'd like.
Headlamps and Torches
Once the night arrives, city dwellers are sometimes surprised by how dark it can get in the countryside (especially for first-time campers).
Prepare for this ahead of time by bringing more than one tool to light up your tent and camping area.
Headlamps are useful if you need to use your hands for certain tasks, but torches are great for a more controlled light focus. No matter what, proper lighting is essential to complete your list of camping gear.
A First Aid Kit
Another essential item for you to bring on your camping trip is a healthy stash of light medical supplies. Though you won't be able to prepare for every emergency, you'll be quite thankful if you have plasters and antiseptic wipes on hand for minor wounds.
Even if you have a thick, warm tent set up, you'll still want some kind of bedding to stay comfortable throughout the night. Sleeping bags probably come to mind as an important part of your camping gear.
After you check the weather, bring plenty of blankets if it's cold outside. You could also bring sleeping pads or cots that are easy to set up for even more comfort.
Food Preparation Tools
Unless you are already an incredibly skilled gatherer of nuts and berries (and are prepared to solely live off of them), you'll probably want to pack some food!
For a serious dedication to saving packing space, consider finding meal packs that you like. As camping gets more and more popular, companies are investing in nutritious, easy-to-prepare, small packages of dehydrated food.
Some of them taste pretty good!
If you aren't interested in those, consider bringing one or two pots or pans with which to cook. Also bring food that is light, easily packed, and easily prepared.
A good rule of thumb is to always bring enough for three days more than the plan of your original trip. You never know what may happen - you might want to stay longer!
Though these aren't required to have a good time on your camping trip, bringing cleaning products might make you feel better overall.
Small bottles of simple hygiene products like soap or shampoo can go a long way, just make sure that they are eco friendly if you are washing in rivers. If you're bringing dogs or pets you'll be thankful for a bottle of shampoo on hand when they get especially muddy before crawling into the tent!
Water Filtration Kit
The last item on this list of camping gear will provide you with natural, clean water. Instead of hiking around with a dozen or more water bottles (which are both heavy and not environmentally friendly), bring a simple water filtration kit.
Do your research to find the best water filtration kit for your needs and level of comfort.
Find a natural spring in the area, and you'll have a constant supply of crisp, clean water. Water is even more important to remember than food, so invest properly in the filtration kit that meets your standards.
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