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Camping Tips

Considering a Camping Trip? Know what to Bring

What you bring along on a camping trip depends on a lot of things. Where are you going? During what season will you be camping? Are you camping in a tent, a pop-up camper or in a motor home? How many people are camping? What activities are planned?

There isn’t a single packing list that will suit all campers. Only you know what you need for your type of camping, but here are some tips that may help you gather the essential gear and plan your camping trip.

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Camping Gear

Food Related Items

  • Air mattress & pump
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Backpack
  • Binoculars
  • Biodegradable clothing detergent
  • Blankets
  • Bug Spray
  • Bungee Cords
  • Camera
  • Camp hammer with stake pull
  • Camp stove
  • Canteen
  • Cell phone/car power supply charger
  • Chain or rope for tying lantern to a branch
  • Chairs
  • Clothesline/clothespins
  • Compass
  • Cooler
  • Dryer lint, fire starters or cotton balls with melted wax to start fires
  • Duct tape
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing supplies and license
  • Flashlights
  • Hatchet
  • Knife sharpener
  • Lanterns with spare batteries, bulbs and gas
  • Long metal forked skewers (for roasting marshmellows)
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Pillows
  • Pocket Knife
  • Propane for camp stove
  • Rain flyRope
  • Shovel
  • Shower bag
  • Sleeping bags
  • Stakes
  • Sunscreen
  • Tarp to place under tent
  • Tent (and seam repair kit)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toiletries
  • Tools
  • Towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Water jug with handles and spigot (1/2 gallon per person of water
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Whistle
  • Bottle Opener
  • Camp stove
  • Can opener
  • Charcoal
  • Coffee mugs
  • Coffee pot
  • Cooking oil
  • Cups
  • Cutting board
  • Dishpans (2)
  • Firm brush for cleaning pots
  • Foil
  • Ice
  • Kitchen knife
  • Ladle
  • Large cooking spoon
  • Large Cooler
  • Large sealable container for food
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • Napkins
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Paper plates and bowls
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic table cloth with clips
  • Pot holders
  • Camping pots and pans
  • Propane for camping stove
  • Scrubbing sponge
  • Sealable large storage bags
  • Skewers
  • Spatula
  • Spices
  • Strainer
  • Tongs
  • Utensils
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Water jug with handles and spigot
  • Waterproof matches and lighter


Think about the climate and the time of year. You may want to consider layering your clothing to meet changing temperatures and weather conditions. Bring spare clothing so you can change if you get wet. And when camping with children, you can never bring too many items of clothing. Consider packing clothes in a zip lock bag and store the bags in a sealable container to protect them from the rain and dew.

A few of the essential clothing items include:

  • Flip flops for the beach, lake or camp shower
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Hiking boots
  • Knee socks to protect from ticks or poison ivy
  • Knit hat
  • Short and long pants
  • Sweat pants and a sweat shirt with a hood
  • Gloves
  • Moisture wicking base layers or long under wear
  • Insulation layers (synthetic fleece works best)
  • Gore-Tex style shell

Sources: and

Build Your Own First Aid Kit

It’s always important to be prepared … especially in the event of an emergency. This means having a well stocked first aid kit at home, in your car, or even when you travel.

First aid kits come in many shapes and sizes. Some are activity specific, while others contain only basic items. You can purchase a first aid kit almost anywhere … sporting goods stores, drug stores, supermarkets, etc. … or you can make your own.

The American Red Cross suggests that all first aid kits include the following essential items:

  • 2 Absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

You may also want to include any personal items like medications and other items your health care provider suggests. Include a list of emergency contacts and phone numbers.

Check your kit regularly. Look at expiration dates and replace any out-of-date items. Make sure any batteries (flashlights, etc.) work. And add any other items you think you may need.

Source: The American National Red Cross


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