Camping trips are some of the best ways to enjoy family bonding time. To make the most of your time away from home comforts, make sure you’re properly prepared with all the essentials. Here are six items to pack on your next camping trip to make your time in nature that much more exciting:
1. First-Aid Supply Kit
This is one of the most important items to pack on a camping trip yet it’s also the most often forgotten. A first-aid supply kit containing the basic but best medical supplies is non-negotiable when you go out into nature. Whether it’s for treating bee stings, insect bites, cuts and scrapes, or a basic headache, the basics matter.
For open wounds, anaphylactic shock, and other serious conditions, you will need good quality supplies that come standard with comprehensive emergency kits. Include a glucose supply in your kit too as it helps with shock.
2. Spare Batteries
Did you test your flashlight before you left home? Nothing is quite as deceiving as a light that only has another hour or two of battery life left. It appears to be going strong until it no longer works. Unfortunately, you can’t test how much battery life you have ahead of you, so pack spare batteries for everything that is battery-operated. Packing your phone and other devices? Have a spare power source on-hand, like a solar charger.
3. Sealable Containers
A Ziploc bag is the best place for your mobile device, but if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, pack as many as you can. Alongside sealable waterproof containers, waterproof liners also help to keep your luggage dry in your backpack. There is a great range of waterproof containers and liners available for campers to purchase online.
4. Miniature Blowtorch
A miniature blowtorch sounds like every pyromaniac’s dream come true, but it’s actually part of every experienced camper’s pack-list. It simplifies lighting fires, especially in challenging conditions. It also serves as a handy way to cook, and we’re not just talking about roasting marshmallows to absolute perfection. French toast is surprisingly simple and delicious when cooked with a blowtorch. Fishing trip? You can prepare your catch for dinner with the skill of a seasoned chef using a blowtorch.
5. Insect Repellant
If you’re camping in the warmer months (which is the best time to camp), mosquitoes, moths, and other creepy crawlies and flying pests can make a nuisance of themselves. Scratching and itching is not the way to enjoy nature and its many wonders. Opt for a DEET-free insect repellent if you want to apply it to your body. Citronella candles around the campsite accompanied by citronella oil applied to the entranceways to your tent will also deter bugs from approaching.
6. Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are fun, but they’re also great if you need a way to signal to each other out in the middle of nowhere. For those who camp where there are no ablution facilities, hanging a glow stick in a tree near the designated toilet spot can help others know that the area is occupied. It’s also a great way to keep track of children as a glowstick armband illuminates the young ones when the sun goes down.
Embrace The Lack Of Luxuries
Part of the joy of camping lies in the lack of luxury items and the need to innovate. Take in the simplicity of nature and your time away from the fast-paced lifestyle of the city. While you can’t take all of your homely comforts with you, these six items will certainly enhance your trip.