How to pack for a camping trip
Camping can be a nightmare if you’re unprepared. Pack the essentials so you’ll be ready for anything when you’re in the wild.
Before you leave find out about the environment you’ll be camping in. You should know in advance whether you’ll be camping in a sandy area, in rocky terrain or in an area with heavy vegetation. Pack a water-resistant, easy-to-assemble tent suitable for your location.
Make sure you pack a sleeping bag that is appropriate for the weather conditions. If you’ll be camping at a high elevation, temperatures will drop quickly at night. Pack a sleeping bag that can keep you warm at temperatures as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Find out about possible hazards so that you know, before you pack, if you’ll need animal-proof containers for food or other equipment to prepare you for environmental or wildlife hazards.
Remember to pack a first-aid kit and make sure that it contains any medication you might need, as well as sunscreen, gauze, antiseptic wipes, calamine lotion, bandages, disposable gloves, a snake bite kit, alcohol pads, medical tape, insect repellen and electrolyte tablets.
At the same time pack a kit with emergency supplies, including a flashlight, extra batteries, bottled water, waterproof matches, high-carbohydrate snacks, a whistle, a thermal reflective blanket, a pocketknife, and a compass. Make sure you know how to use your compass.
Bring practical clothes that dry quickly, clothes that layer easily, extra socks and shoes, hiking boots, rain gear, a well-fitting, wide-brimmed hat, and a rain hat.
Pack plenty of drinking water. A natural water source may look inviting, but it could be contaminated with parasites that can make you sick. You can get water purification tablets at camping supply stores.
Pack maps of the area or get some from the park ranger’s office in case you get lost on a hike. Have fun, be safe and enjoy the great outdoors.
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