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Going on a camping trip is a great deal of fun, but it can be a bit of a nightmare if you don’t arrive prepared. For this reason, packing is a very important aspect of your camping trip. There are four primary areas to think about on a camping trip and things you simply must pack for each. Here is a quick overview to get you started:
Your shelter is one of the primary things you will need on a camping trip and you have to give some serious thought to it based on where you are camping. Unless you are staying in an RV or camper, you will need to determine how you plan to sleep. Will you go the route of sleeping under the stars, or will you use a tent?
Perhaps you are planning on doing an old fashioned lean-to and rough it like the people of old. Whatever the case may be, you have to pack the supplies needed to make it happen.
Regardless of which method you plan to use, pack an extra blanket or two and a high quality sleeping bag for each person.
Food and Sustenance
Again, you have to consider whether you are bringing food or hunting your food. Either way, you need to pack some food for emergency because hunting is not always successful.
If you are cooking, then bring foods that are easy to make over a fire and that will not attract a ton of animals such as bears. Canned beans, eggs, sausage, marshmallows, sandwich stuff and hot dogs are good examples of foods to bring. Dehydrated foods are good as well. Just be sure all food is in bear proof containers to prevent smells from emanating into the forest.
If you are hunting your food, be sure you are properly licensed and bring it along. Bring your fishing tackle and gear and perhaps your firearm if you are hunting that type of food. Some prefer to carry a bow and arrow. Whatever your method of hunting, be sure you bring plenty of gear.
Finally, make sure you bring cooking gear if you are making your food at the site. You will need a pot, grill top, utensils, coffee pot, spatula and something to boil water in should your water run out. Bring a bit more than you think you need if possible.
Clothing is not something you need to pack heavily as you will be living a minimized lifestyle in the woods. Pack plenty of good, warm clothing if you are heading into cold weather and a warm coat. Most people bring two changes of clothes so that they can rotate their outfits each day. Bring separate sleeping clothes so that you can air out your gear each evening or wash them as needed. Extra socks and an extra pair of boots are advisable if you have room in your pack.
This section can be as large or small as the area demands. For example, if you live in the area of the country where bears are quite common, you need to have bear spray and a sidearm at least. First aid kits are also necessary along with extra bandages, a splint, allergy meds and some antibacterial spray. Sunscreen is always a good thing to keep as well as a good, safe bug spray.
Finally, make sure you have a means of communication to the outside world if you are going deep into the woods. A cell phone is important these days, as well as a good solid compass that you can trust. Never put anything above your safety and know your limitations.
This should get you the majority of what you need for your packing, but be sure to consider your own personal needs as well. Some folks need specific foods or medicines and that should always be top of the list. Also, make sure you keep identification on you as well in case you get lost or disabled.
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