Friday, 5 June 2020

Essential Items to Bring on Your Next Camping Trip


Camping is one of the most favored activities for people that love the outdoors. It’s fun, rejuvenating, exciting, and an activity the whole family can participate in. A bad camping experience is physically and mentally draining. It happens when people hit the campsites unprepared; with the wrong clothes, gear, equipment, and other key items. You want to make sure you have what is needed — the essentials. The more hardcore you want camping to be, the better prepared you have to be. Both minimalist and maximalist campers have to bring the essentials with them. These essentials will not ruin the main point of camping; being out in nature without the usual luxuries you would have at home, and will also provide some level of comfort so that your trip is a pleasure and not a punishment!

Let’s have a look at those essentials right now.
Generator
Camping in most countries is a great alternative to expensive accommodations. If we use Australia as an example, you’ll find that it’s home to some of the most beautiful campsites. However, they won’t all offer water and electricity, so you’re going to want a portable generator with you. To know which is the most suitable one to buy, you should first consider listing the appliances and devices you need to power. If you want to power a radio, lights, phone chargers, a heater, or a stove on your camping trip, Nick Coulson of Ablesales (https://www.ablesales.com.au/) suggests bringing a generator that can handle it. If you have appliances that require 3000 watts, but the generator provides only 2000 watts, the appliances simply won’t start. 

The energy consumption is based on how the generator runs and what fuel it uses. Gasoline run generators might be practical because of the availability of gas in stations, but it’s not as efficient as those running on diesel.

Currently, an inverter generator tends to be the best choice for campers. They’re light and quiet and can give out between 1000 and 4000 watts; a sufficient amount for camping.
Tent
No matter how much time you’re going to spend outdoors, you need some sort of shelter. A tent shields you along with belongings and gear. That said, there are a lot of things to look for when choosing a tent and, because of the many options, you have to narrow down your choices.
For starters, how many people will be occupying the tent? You may find that a 2-person tent might still be too small for 2 people and a 4-person tent gives you more space. One with a water-proof floor is also something to consider, as well as mesh material to keep bugs out — where they belong. Most people want one that is easy to pitch, provides some sort of ventilation, and is easy to move around. 
Camp chair
Foldable chairs or stools are handy when you want to stop and take a break. Most seating materials are light, waterproof, and comfortable.
Sleeping Bag
Without a sleeping bag, you’re going to toss and turn all night and be uncomfortable. A camping bag is bigger and lighter than a backpack sleeping bag, so how you’re going to pack will determine which type to buy. 
Also, look at the temperature rating of the bag. Look for a bag with a lower temperature rating than the night-time, the outside temperature in the area you’ll be camping in. A summer season bag can have a temperature of 30 degrees or higher, while a winter bag may be 15 degrees or lower. 

A good sleeping bag has a balance between lightness, compressibility, and keeping you warm. Mind you, even in mid-summer, temperatures can drop drastically and get very chilly. Quality sleeping bags have sufficient insulation to keep you warm, while their outside shells use breathable, waterproof materials. Don’t forget to throw in some pillows for a comfy sleep and neck support. You can get inflatable or compressible head cushions.
Sleeping pad
If you’ve ever slept on the floor, you know that a sleeping pad is a must. If you’re not restricted by size and weight, choose a thicker, larger type of mattress. Other choices include self-inflating pads or air pads. 
Non-perishable food       
Even if you have a mini-fridge in an RV, you still want food that doesn’t go bad quickly.
Stock up on dry and canned food. For small snacks, bring things that are individually packaged so that you only have to open what you consume. Keep your food in airtight containers which will keep foods fresh and keep any scents away from wildlife animals.
Utensils
It’s difficult to find items that can be used as makeshift forks, knives, or spoons. You need real utensils to eat normally since not everything can be eaten with your hands. 
Don’t forget to pack at least one or two cooking utensils like a pot and pan. You’re going to need them whether you want to cook over a campfire or use a portable stove. You might want to invest in some utensils and cookware designed especially for camping and other great outdoor activities. A camping pan will be light and can be multi-functional and have fold-away or removable handles, making it easy to pack.
Multi-tool
There are many multi-tools on the market which is good, but also confusing. You do need one which can do a variety of things, from fixing something to open a can.
Some multi-tools are for more general use, while others are designed with campers in mind. You can identify on your own, which tools you need the most.  
Torch
Being in the middle of nowhere will probably require a good torch or lantern. The higher the lumens, the brighter the light will be. An average torch has about 50 lumens output. A torch between 100-150 lumens is sufficient for camping.

After a long winter, camping is a fantastic pastime that bonds you with nature. Best of all, it’s an activity you can do alone or with friends and family. It’s not meant to be glamorous, but some essential items will bring you some needed comfort. The key to a great camping experience is packing and bringing what will fulfill all your camping needs.

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