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What You Should Take With You When Going Camping

Spending a weekend out of town is a great thing to do with friends and family. But we’ve all been in a situation when you drive away from home and someone says, “Do you know what we forgot?” So, in order to avoid these situations in the future, we’ve prepared a list of things you should remember to take with you.

We at 5-Minute Crafts really love going camping. So, we want to share a list of things you should never forget to take.

General information

Obviously, if you are going river rafting or climbing Everest, you’ll need completely different gear. In this article, we’re talking about going to the forest or to the riverbank when the weather is good.

Also, this is important whether you’re going on foot or driving a car. If you are traveling by car with a big trunk, you can take a lot of necessities with you. If you are going on foot, you should be able to put everything you need into a backpack you will carry on your back. So, take this into consideration.

Camping items

  • Backpack. For traveling on foot, your backpack should be light and big enough, with many pockets and different sections.
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mat, sleeping mattress with a pump that you can put under yourself because even in summer, the land can be really cold.
  • Pillow. You can buy a special inflatable camping pillow.

If you are going by car, you can add to the list:

  • Camping furniture — camping table and chairs
  • Blanket

Clothes

  • Underwear — the amount should be enough for the time you’re going to spend camping
  • Socks
  • T-shirt
  • A thin shirt with sleeves to protect your body from insects and sunburns
  • Shorts
  • Pants — 2 pairs in case it rains and one pair is wet
  • Sweater
  • Jacket, in case it’s cold at night
  • Raincoat
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat to protect your head from the sun
  • Good shoes you’re used to (like sneakers)
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses

Kitchen

  • Gas stove or primus
  • Gas tank
  • Matches, lighter
  • Pot with a lid if you are going to cook over fire
  • Cutlery (forks, spoons, knives) enough for everyone
  • Plates enough for everyone. It’s better to buy light aluminum plates.
  • Metal mugs
  • Ladle
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Can opener
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Kitchen towel
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bags for trash
  • Dog bowls, if you are traveling with a dog

If you are going by car, you can add:

  • Frying pan
  • Grill
  • Skewers for meat
  • Coal for fire
  • Kettle
  • Containers for food
  • Portable fridge

Food

General rules for making a list of food:

1. Get enough drinking water. It’s better to have extra.

2. Don’t take a lot of perishable foods. Especially if it’s hot.

Every family has its own food preferences. But this is a list you can base your decisions on:

  • Drinking water
  • Canned food
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Milk that lasts a long time
  • Soups you can make fast
  • Oil
  • Bread
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Cookies
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Spices
  • Ketchup
  • Sausages
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers
  • Mineral water

The following foods should be kept in a fridge. They should be cooked and eaten within the first day:

  • Marinated meat
  • Frozen meat
  • Fresh eggs

Medicine

  • Disinfectant
  • Adhesive tape
  • Bandage
  • Patches
  • Rubber tourniquet
  • Cotton disks
  • Thermometer
  • Anti-fever pills
  • Antihistamine
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-diphtheria serums
  • Prescription medication
  • Small scissors
  • Thread and needle — in case you need to remove a splinter or a tick
  • Tweezers
  • Hand sanitizer

Don’t forget to read the instructions about how to store all the medications you’re taking with you.

Personal hygiene items

  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Sanitary pads (for women)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Comb

Devices

  • Charged mobile phone
  • Power bank
  • Camera

Additional items

  • Cash
  • Copy of your ID
  • Map, compass
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight with a set of batteries
  • Rope
  • Ax
  • Beach umbrella
  • Board games
  • Games and toys for children
  • Book
  • Guitar
  • Fishing gear
  • Good mood
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