Going camping is always an adventure we look forward to. Most beginning campers hardly know what to expect when they go on the road, which is to say that they often come unprepared. Over the years, we’ve met people who were anything but ready for their camping goals. I’ve always wondered how people can get on the road without taking some basic supplies. Apparently, one can never get too reckless.
One thing I have to tell you is that you need to make sure you have everything organized while you’re at home. It’s better to be safe than sorry, they say, and I honestly couldn’t agree more. If you put together a camping checklist and you set a date for your next camping adventure, every day you’ll add something to the list.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to carry your whole house with you. What I’m trying to say is that it is important to differentiate the things that are truly essential and can help you survive and those you can just as well do without. Make a list of the camping sites you’ll stay at, especially if you want to travel with your motorhome.
Your checklist should contain things like the people you travel with and their particular needs, the food you need to bring along, as well as all the gear that is necessary for you to feel reassured that everything will go as planned. I mentioned your co-travelers because their requirements might be different, and I am definitely not referring to personal preferences. For example, one of your family members might be allergic to nuts while a friend of yours might be lactose-intolerant. It would be a very good idea to make a list of foods and gear that are all based on these particular aspects.
In terms of gear, you’ll have to bring extra blankets, chairs, lanterns, batteries, flashlights, repair kits for your mattress, tent, or tarp, as well as a sleeping bag for every camper. The most important piece you’ll have to bring along is your tent, and it should be accompanied by stakes and poles, as well as a footprint.
Personal items can range from sunscreen to prescription medication, toiletries, and good old soap. Clothes can be split into those destined for daytime and sleepwear. Make sure you bring some protective equipment, as well, just in case the weather turns sour. Always carry a pair of gloves with you and several extra layers. You wouldn’t want to freeze in the middle of the night, would you?
As for kitchen-related items, the sky’s the limit. If you have plenty of space, you can bring all sorts of cups and gadgets, including cutting boards, foil, tablecloth, corkscrews, and anything you know you’re going to use. A portable stove comes in handy, as well, because you’re likely to grow tired of all the canned food at some point or the other. Make sure to bring some fuel, too.