The Ultimate Guide To Choosing Your Best Camping Equipment List 2017
For some, the concept of camping is more appealing than the practice of doing such. It is not that the person does not want to go camping, but rather that they do not know what to bring along with them, what equipment is mandatory for a good time and what contents are not. And with an abundance of commercialized products claiming that they are the only solution for this or that need, who could blame them? This article is intended to sift through all of the hype and propaganda and give you a list of the essential camping supplies you will need.
Here is your complete camping equipment list
Unless you plan on sleeping on the ground, then you will need a sleeping bag. It is recommended that you find a sleeping bag which is water resistant. While you may be in a dry area, the cotton and wools which primarily make up the insulation of the sleeping bag are absorbent. This means that the slightest amount of dew or condensation could prove to be quite uncomfortable. A waterproofed sleeping bag will reduce the amount of condensation allowed to the interior of the bag.
When packing your sleeping bag keep the roll tight, Roll from the opening to the foot. This will ensure that the cotton or wool is not exposed to the elements prior to it being unrolled to sleep in.
Strike Anywhere Matches
Strike anywhere matches are the quickest way for you to start that campfire. They can be placed into a small aluminum container and placed in your pocket or in a side pouch. As the matches are more sensitive than a book of matches, it is not recommended to have them stored loosely. When using strike anywhere matches, look for a surface with a slight abrasion to it. Push the match away from you and voila, you have a flame.
First Aid Kit
All camping plans should have a first aid kit. Per the American Red Cross, your kit should include 2 absorbent compresses, 25 Band-Aids, 1 adhesive cloth tape, 5 antibiotic ointment packs, 5 antiseptic wipes, 2 packs of aspirin, a blanket, a breathing barrier, a cold compress, nonlatex gloves, 2 hydrocortisone ointment packs, scissors, one roller bandage, gauze pads, a thermometer, triangular bandages, tweezers, and first aid instruction booklet.
You do not need to be too concerned with building the contents of a first aid kit. Most pre-made kits come with the supplies listed above as well as a few other contents. When packing your equipment, be sure that your kit is located at the top of your pack for quick and easy access.
Cordless Phone charger
Let us face it, we live in a technology driven world and even in the woods, we will be somewhat dependent upon our technology. The problem is that there are no electrical plugs coming out of trees, and so you will need to have back up power for your device. I would advise using a solar powered phone charger. The reason of course for this is usability. As long as the sun does not go completely out, and as long as you keep your USB cord undamaged, you should be able to power up your device. Just remember that you are camping and trying to get somewhat away from the world of technology. Don’t overdo your phone usage.
As uncomfortable as it may make you, you do need to consider your latrine options. While you are in the woods you can use the natural surroundings to a certain extent. However, you should extend a little bit of modesty and at least cover and bury as you go. A fold away shovel works best and is essential to keeping your campsite clean and sanitary. Just remember to rinse it before repacking. Apart from the hygienic reasons, a shovel is also good to have around for breaking up the ground for tent pegs and several other reasons. If you purchase and pack a military grade folding shovel, you will note that one of the edges is serrated to act as a saw as well.
A compass of GPS device
Where a map is a great tool to have, it does no good if you get lost and have no point of reference. A compass, on the other hand, can get you started in the right direction. For example, if you know that there is a major city to the north of your location you can walk north until you reach a familiar spot. The better solution, in today’s world of technology, is to have a GPS system on your phone, or to have a separate GPS device/locator in your camping equipment. This way, should you get lost in the woods (and it is very easy to do so in some locations), all you must do is input your destination, use the “use my current location” feature, and walk out.
A fold up fire-safe cooking pan
I have actually forgotten this piece of equipment a time or two when camping, and let me tell you, it is a frustrating thing to overlook. You have all of your food packed, your fire is going, and then you realize that you have absolutely no way to warm your food. It is either eat it cold or try to make a makeshift cooker. Both are not ideal. A fireproof canteen cooker such as a Winterial Camping Cookware PotSet does wonders. Now, you do not have to have a complete set of pots and pans, a simple G.I grade mess kit will work fine. Remember, everything that you pack you have to carry.
A flare gun
Crazy as it may sound, your camping plan should have a flare gun. You may be the most experienced survivalist and camper in the world, but if you fall into an unforeseen pothole and break your ankle or slip on a mud bank and get pinned between some rocks, you will want to be found quickly. Using your phone will alert the rangers or local emergency services that you have an issue, but they still need to find you. Having a flare gun will allow the rescue authorities to have a precise location and get to you quickly.
Even if you do not think that you will have an injury emergency, a flare gun is a great device to keep yourself from being one of the many people who gets lost on camping trails. Think of all the news casts you hear of people who have gone off camping and simply got turned around and could not find there way back. Some of these stories end in heroic rescues, others in tragedy. Have a flare and at least you increase your odds of a happy ending.
The number one thing that you should never forget is an abundance of socks. Your feet are your ticket in and out of the woods. You need to keep them comfortable. Wet socks are an irritant as well as a breeding ground for the bacterium. Torn socks can cause the foot to get blisters if you walk any given length of a camping trail. I would recommend taking 2 pairs of socks for every day you will be gone.
When you make your camping plan, ensure that you pack sensibly. Keep in mind that you are going to the wilderness and that there are some things that you can live without. If you have to have all the comforts of home, then stay at home.