Top Ten Supplies You Should Have for CampingFinch Whether it be luxury car camping or roughing it out in the backcountry backpacking, most people enjoy some form of camping. Camping gives you an opportunity to go out into nature and commune with the wild side of life. You can re-prioritize your commitments in a way you often can't do while immersed in the hustle and bustle of your regular life.
This list goes over the items you should/might have when you go out into the wild. You might be car camping in a KOA where you have showers and a pool or you could be out beyond the reaches of phone service, but either way, these items can make your experience a lot more enjoyable.
The Top Ten
Sure you could go with the lantern your grandpa used but that can be a pain when you need to relieve yourself in the middle of the night. A good headlamp will have a combination of LED bulbs for standard use and a higher powered Halogen (or equivalent) for seeing glowing animal eyes longer in the distance.
Sometimes it's nice to sleep out under the stars but, depending on your climate, weather, and season, it just might not be feasible. That's where your tent comes in. A nice one will keep you out of the weather (sun and rain) as well as the bugs.
Whether you go with a high-tech mummy bag or the tried and true square style, a sleeping bag will give you both somewhere to sit as well as sleep. It doesn't really matter how great your days go if your nights are spent freezing and sleepless.
From the quick and dirty Themrarest to the luxurious Exped, having a sleeping pad will make a huge difference in your experience. They both cushion the ground as well as provide warmth (most of your body heat dissipates downward into the ground. )
Many campers choose to cook everything over a fire - which is nice - but for many parts of the country, there are fire restrictions in place preventing you from lighting up. In those situations you'll need to either eat your breakfast cold or fire up the camp stove. You can get a 2 burner that folds up into a small briefcase or a JetBoil that will boil water in 90 seconds. Once you know what your cooking contraption will be you can then plan your meals.
If you're car camping then packing around a nice camp chair shouldn't be a problem. If you're roughing it in the backcountry then it might be more luxury than you can afford to carry. If you are going to have a chair though, options range from a full-body recliner to a 3-legged stool. I prefer somewhere in the middle. Make sure you test the chair out first to make sure it is comfortable.
With the technologies today there are no good reasons why you should need to use disposable silverware and plates. With a foldup washrag and a bit of water you can wash your plates and utensils to reuse for the next meal. It'll save on your trash and the environment. You can get lightweight Lexan plastics or sturdy metal. Decide if weight or space is an issue then decide what best fits your needs.
A chair is more important than water? But you don't need a chair to survive haha
If you are backpacking you'll want a sturdy water bottle to carry along with you while if you are car-camping then you might be ok with a large 3-5 gallon jug you can pour into a glass (reusable of course). I prefer both. I recommend a 3-5 gallon plastic water jug with a spigot that you can fill your water bottle with (I like Klean Kanteen but Nalgene is also good) so you can take some water on a hike or other activity.
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