Learn: Exploring Basic Camping Needs

When you plan to go camping at a camp ground--backpacking is a completely different animal--you're going to have to prepare yourself for the battle of "wants" and "needs."

In my camping prep research reading, I've thus far learned that the following are vital basics to have at hand:

  • monthly weather averages
  • map of area and driving directions
  • copy of your camp ground reservation
  • ID and medical insurance card
  • charged cell phone
  • cash and coins
  • map and rules of camp ground
  • location of a reliable water source
  • location of garbage disposal
  • GPS
Equipment (in order of importance)
  • tent and extra stakes (use a rock or mallet)
  • sleeping bags
  • drinking water
  • dry food
  • lantern w batteries
  • water purifying tablets/filters (alternatively boil water 15-20 min)
  • any medication currently being taken
  • first aid kit
  • paper towels
  • hand sanitizer and biodegradable soap
  • bug repellent
  • SPF lotion
  • garbage bags
  • zip lock bags
  • wet/cooking food
  • stove or other cooking tool
  • mess kit: pot, pan, cup, lightweight sports bottles, cutlery
  • cooler
  • ice/reusable ice packs
  • hiking boots
  • layerable clothes including waterproof outer shell/rain gear
  • a set of dry clothes and socks for sleeping purposes ONLY
  • hat
  • camp shoes
  • personal hygiene products
  • shower bag and necessities
  • weather radio
  • batteries