Camping is one of the easiest ways for you to relax and unplug from the busyness of life, but
your quiet weekend in the woods can turn miserable without a few key items. Make sure you’re a
happy camper despite whatever nature brings with the following key items.
- First Aid Kit
You should always be prepared for the worst when you’re in remote locations. A minor injury can turn dangerous if you don’t have the proper equipment. With burns, cuts, and scratches all on the list of possibilities, who knows what will happen. Don’t be caught without a first aid kit containing bandages and necessary prescription medications.
- Proper Clothing
You know how it works; the forecast called for sunny and 75, but little did you know you’d
actually be sitting in puddles all weekend. Be prepared for all types of weather, even if that means a slightly heavier bag. Try to pack wool over cotton, as it keeps moisture out without causing too much sweat. You should always have clothing for the greatest of temperature swings and, most importantly, don’t forget your swimsuit.
- Fire Starters
Whenever it comes to camping, it’s easy to feel like you could rival even MacGyver with your
survival skills. Regardless how adept you think you are, it’s always wise to bring backup fire starters such as matches, a gas lighter, or even lighter fluid. Your camping trip may need to move to the heat of the indoors if you are unable to supply your own heat through quality fire starters.
It’s easy to forget about something as simple as light when preparing for your camping trip. Ensure you pack a charged source of light, whether it be a flashlight, headlamp, or lantern, because who knows when you’ll need to scare off raccoons from your food stash or look for your favorite granola bar which happens to be buried in the depths of your backpack.
Speaking of food, this is often the best part of camping. Pack a cooler full of your essentials that
will expire, such as eggs and milk. Fill your pack with other energizers like granola bars, trail mix, or even peanut butter and coffee. You don’t have to live off canned food while camping. Just make sure you pack your food appropriately each night, so you don’t get any unwelcome visitors rummaging in the night.
Camping is one of the best ways to unwind and focus on what is important on life, but make sure to prepare ahead of time. Be sure to stop by your local Family Pharmacy for questions on how to stay safe before you head to the great outdoors!