Going Camping This Weekend? Don’t Forget These Essentials

man inside his tent watching the sunsetCamping in the wild is a nice way to release stress from your body. The fresh air, lush vegetation, tall trees, the humming of cicadas, and the hooting of owls make the chaos of everyday life seem far away. Camping is also a good opportunity to have some quality family bonding.

If you’re planning to go trekking in the forest with your family, be prepared. You wouldn’t want a potentially relaxing weekend to turn into one of misery, backache, blisters, and mosquito bites – especially if you have children in tow.

Here are a few essentials you can get from a camp and travel gear store, such as Ironhorse Gear, for a fun and worry-free camping trip:

Tent

Being out in the woods doesn’t mean you have to lie in the uncomfortable, hard, and uneven ground. You can still chill in the wild while having a warm, toasty and comfortable bed. Two of the most important things to pack are a sturdy tent and your sleeping bag.

Choosing your tent depends on certain factors, one of which is the weather. What is the weather forecast for the day you plan to camp out? There are tents designed for a particular weather (i.e., windy). A convertible tent adjusts to all kinds of weather conditions.

Try to set up your tent at home before the big trip, to make sure all parts and poles are complete, and the tent is in good working condition. Pack cardboard boxes that you can lay beneath your tent, to prevent rocks from sticking out while you sleep. A portable heater will also come in handy when it gets cold.

Sleeping Bag

Bring a canvass sleeping bag or bedroll to make your trip genuinely comfortable. Consider your size, first and foremost, when you shop for a sleeping bag. You don’t want to end up with a bag too small for you!

Weight is also an important consideration. If the campsite were a bit far from the parking area, you would not want to lug a heavy sleeping bag around or up a slope. Features like temperature protection and a built-in hood are useful.

Clothing and Footwear

Sometimes, campers place their entire attention on the camping gear that they forget to prepare the appropriate clothes. Remember, the weather may change drastically while you’re out camping so don’t forget to bring clothing you can use for humid temperatures and a jacket or sweater for cold nights.

Long-sleeved shirts and long pants are better for camping because these can protect you from the blistering rays of the sun, excessive temperature increases and drops, mosquito and bug bites, and even poison ivy.

Choose comfortable and light footwear with good traction, perfect for long walks, treks, and mountain climbing.

Don’t Forget the Little Things

Make sure to pack a first aid kit for emergencies. Load your kit with bandages, antiseptic solutions, medicines for fever, cough, colds, and allergies. A mosquito repellent and sunscreen are a must for these trips. And, of course, don’t forget toiletries!

All camping trips are fun and worth the effort of getting out of the city and breathing in fresh, crisp air. Make sure to come prepared so that you can have a blast this weekend!