Top Ten Supplies You Should Have for Camping

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
1 Tent

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.

No point to go camping without the tent.

2 Headlamp

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.

3 Sleeping Bag

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.

4 Sleeping Pad

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. )

5 Camp Stove

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.

6 Camp Chair

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.

7 Water Bottle/Jug

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.

A chair is more important than water? But you don't need a chair to survive haha

8 Reusable Tablewear

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.

9 First Aid Kit

Even a simple splinter can be both painful and deadly if you can't get it out. Make sure your first-aid kit has the items you'll need for the specific tip you're taking. Maybe band-aids and tweezers are enough but maybe you'll want that snakebite kit and some extra burn ointment. Just be sure to know everything you have and how/when to use it.

10 Water

No water no life. It's essential for survival.

The Contenders
11 Phone
12 Lighter
13 Flash Light
14 Bug Repellent
15 Net
16 Food
17 Polytarp

Polytarp- is a large sheet of strong, flexible, water-resistant or waterproof material, often cloth such as canvas or polyester coated with polyurethane, or made of plastics such as polyethylene. To cover the tent in case of rain.

18 Bivy Sack
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